Bruce R. Still
Bruce Randolph Still of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on April 30, 2019 at the age of eighty. He is survived by his devoted family: Ann K. Still, his loving wife of fifty nine years; his son David and wife Vicki, grandson Carter Still and wife Chrissy, great grandchildren Kayla and Joseph; granddaughter Courtney Still Brown and husband Brad Brown; daughter Lee Ann Still Layson and grandchildren Rachel Irving, Daniel Layson and wife Ashley, Christopher Layson, sister Pamela Sue Still Turner, and a host of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Ulmont and Grace Still, brother Will Still (Alida), sister Joan Still Duncan (Dorsey), and brother Jack Still. Bruce, an intelligent, dedicated, and passionate individual, was born at home on Jackson Street to Ulmont and Grace Still on December the 24th, 1938. He loved Lawrenceville with all his heart. As an obedient child, he first sold peanuts around town to help his family, and later as a teenager supplemented the family's income as a soda jerk at Williams Drug Store. This was just the beginning. He was class president from his eighth through twelfth grades at school and was voted Most Outstanding Sophomore at the University of Georgia, where he was president of Biftad at the Henry Grady School of Journalism. On the weekends at this time, he additionally worked at the News Herald newspaper. In 1960 he married Ann Keheley. They rejoiced in the birth of their son David in 1961. Soon to become the choir director of Chestnut Grove Baptist in Grayson, Bruce later directed music at the First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville performing "The Messiah," the first time it was ever performed in the community. Bruce next went to Gainesville to work with Charles Smithgall at his newspapers in 1963, and it was later in that same year that their daughter, Lee Ann, arrived. In the mid-1960s Bruce helped create the Gwinnett Daily News from combining multiple weeklies in the county which included the News Herald where he was the advertising director. In 1970, Bruce started The Home Weekly. He served on the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Press Association from 1993-1995. He was a talented writer and entrepreneur and created The Gwinnett Welcoming Service and The Gwinnett Answering Service. His wife Ann, and children David and Lee Ann, helped him along the way with all of his businesses. He and David later sold The Home Weekly/Gwinnett Post Tribune in 1995 to Gray Communications of Atlanta.
Bruce was a philanthropist to his community. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation in various leadership positions starting in 1995 and was on the Gwinnett County Hospital Authority Board for decades as Chairman Nash's appointment. He received the Gwinnett Hospital System Foundation Distinguished Service Award in 2002. Bruce was also a key supporter of the Aurora Theatre, helping bring it to Lawrenceville. A funeral service honoring the life of Bruce will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 2:00pm at First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville with Dr. Adam Hilderbrandt and Rev. Jared Evans officiating. Interment will follow at East Shadowlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 3, 2019 from 2:00pm-4:00pm & 6:00pm-8:00pm at Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel. Flowers are much loved, or donations are appreciated to the Gwinnett Hospital Foundation, The Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church, the Aurora Theatre, or the Leukemia Foundation. Condolences may be viewed or sent to www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A Family Company" Lawrenceville Chapel 30046, 770-963-2411, has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.