Mr. U.L. (Groucho) Croft, age 81, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, died on January 30, 2005 at Emory Eastside Medical Center from pulmonary fibrosis. He was a Veteran of WWII serving as Tech Sgt with the 87th Infantry Div. He received a purple heart as a result of injuries received in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of IBEW LU613 for over 50 years. He was preceded in death by parents Lewis and Era Croft, son Troy Croft and sister Mary Fleeman. Survivors: wife Verdie Croft, stepson and wife, Don and Phyllis Pruitt, Lilburn, GA, stepson, Patrick Baxley, Dothan, AL, sisters, Doris Hornsby, Welaka, FL and Twilla Rollins, Lawrenceville, GA, grandson, Brent Croft, granddaughters, Chaunta York, Marjorie Dawn Pruitt, Lynn Tillman, and daughter-in-law: Dorothy Croft. He attended the First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville. A military graveside service for Mr. Croft will be held on Wednesday, February 2, at 11:00 a.m. at Crestlawn Memorial Park at 2000 Marietta Bouvevard, NW, Atlanta, 30318. Rev. Oscar Green officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1440 W. Washington Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois, 60607 or First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville, "Building Fund" 395 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30045. The family will received friends on Tuesday, February 1, between 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Wages & Sons, Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045. 770-277-4550.
Elizabeth Ann Williams, age 42 of Auburn, GA passed away January 29, 2005. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel. (770)963-2411.
John Leonard Pyron, DDS, FAGD, MAGD, formerly of Avondale Estates, Georgia, died January 28, 2005. He was 89 years old. Funeral services were held in the chapel of A. S. Turner & Sons, Decatur, Georgia at 2 pm, Monday, January 31, 2005. Rev. Clay Bowden will officiate. The family received friends from 12 noon to 2 pm Monday at A. S. Turner & Sons. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, 2 pm CST at Pine Bluff Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Locust Fork, AL. Dr. Pyron was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Reba Reid Pyron. He is survived by a son, James Walton Pyron; a daughter, Janice Pyron Senkbeil, and; four grandsons, Michael Lawrence Pyron, David Walton Pyron, Bryan Thomas Wagoner, and Chandler McCall Wagoner. Dr. Pyron was born in Birmingham, Alabama May 9, 1915. He received a Bachelor of Arts in 1936 from Birmingham-Southern and a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Florida in 1942. He taught Science and coached basketball in Alabama and Florida from 1936 to 1940. He served as Principal from 1940 to 1946 in Florida and Tennessee. Dr. Pyron later graduated from Emory University School of Dentistry in 1948. He practiced at Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital until 1951, at which time he began a tour of duty as a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army Dental Corps at Ft. Benning, GA and Okinawa, Japan. He returned to private practice in 1953 at Joan Glancy Hospital where he resumed his devotion to dentistry. In 1981, Dr. Pyron was recognized as one of only five dentists in Georgia to receive the prestigious Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry. The Georgia Dental Association recognized him for 50 years of continuous service in dentistry in 1998. Dr. Pyron touched the lives of many people throughout his careers in education, coaching, and dentistry, and was loved and respected by all. He will be especially remembered as a devoted husband and loving father. A. S. Turner & Sons. (404)292-1551
Mr. Lawrence W. Martin, age 79 of Cumming, passed away Wednesday January 26, 2005, following an accident. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home, Cumming. (770)887-2389.
Steven J. Schlachter, age 52, of Duluth, died January 28, 2005. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA. (770)448-5757.
Myra Ann Murrell Waldrop, age 64, of Duluth, died January 29, 2005. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA. (770)448-5757.
Mr. Julian Richardson, age 61 of Jefferson, Georgia died Saturday, January 29, 2005. Funeral services will be held 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 1, 2005, Evans Funeral Home Chapel. Evans Funeral Home, Inc., Jefferson, Georgia. (706)367-5467.
Bradley Franklin Harrell, age 21, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Sunday, January 30, 2005 following a courageous fight with Leukemia. He is survived by his: Mother: Darleen Harrell of Lawrenceville, GA; Father and Step Mother: Butch and Judy Harrell of Cumming, GA; Maternal Grandparents: Ray & Virginia Johnson of Lilburn, GA; Paternal Grandparents: Franklin and Cecilia Harrell of Ridgeville, SC; Step Sisters: Misha Jordan Brooks, Leslie Jordan Tinsley; Step Brother: Grant Jordan; Several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. A native of Lawrenceville, GA Bradley was a 2002 Graduate of Collins Hill High School and was attending Georgia Perimeter College. A funeral service will be at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 2, 2005 at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel. Pastor Rodney Anderson will officiate. Interment will follow in the Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville. Memorials may be made in memory of Bradley Harrell to the Northside Hospital Foundation BMT (Bone Marrow Transplant) Fund, reference fund #233, mailed to Northside Hospital, Attn: Foundation Department, 1000 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30342. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville. (770)277-4550.
Hunter P. Green, age 72, of Loganville, GA., died Saturday evening, January 29, 2005. The funeral will be Wednesday, February 2, 2005, at 11 AM in the Bill Head Funeral Home, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel with Rev. David Cook and Louise Reeves officiating. Interment Sodom Cemetery, Lithonia, GA. A U.S. Navy Veteran and member of Colonial Woods Baptist Church, Hunter was a retired salesman for Rich's Department Store where he was a member of the Rich's 30 year club. After retirement he was the founder and owner of Green-Kleen Building Services. He was preceded in death by his Daughter, Diana Marie Green and is survived by his Wife: Laurena "Laurie" Green, Loganville, GA.; Daughters: Rebecca Carter Hooper, Oxford, GA. and Jennifer Lynn Hon, Atlanta, GA.; Sister: Miss Ruth Green, Decatur, GA. and his loving cats. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2 until 4 and from 6 until 8 PM at the Bill Head Funeral Home, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770)564-2726.
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Hugh Edward Norman, Jr., age 54 of Snellville, GA, died January 20, 2005. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel. (770)979-3200.
Warren Eldon Johnson, age 65 of Suwanee, GA died on Friday, January 28, 2005. Mr. Johnson was born September 7, 1939 in Nampa, Idaho, the son of the late Idella Marie and Fred Edward Johnson. He attended Nampa, Idaho schools. He retired from the United States Air Force in 1976 as a Master Sargeant after 20 years of service. He then worked for Honeywell/HFSI, retiring in 1994. He was an avid sports fan and gardener. He is survived by his wife: Barbara; brother, Max Johnson; two sisters, Wilma Lenz and Karen White; five children: Randy Johnson, Cathy Haase, Stephen Jones, Candice McKim, and Theodore Johnson; and nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 2, 2005 with Reverend Rick Goodspeed officiating at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 770-277-4550.
Mrs. Frances "Frankie" Evans, age 85, of Winder, formerly of Wexford Ireland, died January 29, 2005. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770)867-4553