Sunday, March 06, 2005

Edited by Victor A. Cuvo

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Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena is helped to disembark from the plane which took her from Baghdad to Rome Saturday, March 5 2005. Sgrena had been freed in Iraq Friday evening and later was wounded when US troops fired on the car she was in, also killing an Italian intelligence officer. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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From Lawrenceville, GA

Gwinnett Daily Post

Neighbors remember Maughons’ generosity

By Arielle Kass
Staff Writer

LAWRENCEVILLE — Since 1933, Homer Maughon and his wife, Carolyn, were staples in downtown Lawrenceville.
Their store, Maughon’s, had been in the Historic Courthouse Square for more than 100 years, and the couple who ran it were well-liked in the community.
But neighboring shop owners say the old-time store will likely close after Carolyn and Homer — who had been married for 64 years — recently died within eight days of each other.
Carolyn, 92, died Feb. 21 and Homer, 87, died Tuesday after suffering a stroke. Homer Maughon’s casket was pulled through the Square on a horse-drawn carriage before he was buried next to his wife at Gwinnett Memorial Park on Friday.
Garrett Davis, whose mother owns the home furnishings store Sikes and Davis on the Square, said Maughon was like a grandfather to him. He remembers coming home from pre-school to work the cash register at Maughon’s and said the couple was always soft-spoken.
Garrett said Maughon was working six days a week even at age 87. Before he and his wife went to live in a nursing home, he would come to work in the mornings while she did housework and made lunch for the pair. He would go home to pick her up at lunchtime, and they would eat lunch together at the store and stay until closing.
“I’ve seen Homer open on Christmas Eve to sell four-and-a-half pounds of sausage,” Garrett said. “Anytime he thought he could make a sale, he would be open.”
Becky Hembree, who sells home decor items out of Simply Southern on the Square, said a group of men would sit together every afternoon and visit at the store, talking and gossiping.
Davis credited Homer Maughon and his store with a lot of his education. He said he learned to like history from hearing the stories of the old men who gathered there, and learned to respect his elders because of his close relationship with Maughon.
“He kept the Square feeling like a small town,” Garrett said. “It doesn’t feel like a small town anymore.”
Susan Davis, Garrett Davis’ mother, said both Homer and Carolyn Maughon were always generous and jovial.
“You just didn’t see stores like that anymore,” she said of the mom-and-pop grocery that Homer Maughon’s father owned before he took it over. Garrett said though Maughon’s didn’t make many sales — he said big business was house plants and Cokes in the summertime — he kept the store open because he loved it, even after being robbed several times.
Garrett said Homer kept some medicines in his store that had been there for years, just because he knew having old things around would help his image.
In addition to losing a piece of history with the store’s closing, Susan Davis said, the county lost a good historian.
“Anything you wanted to know, you’d ask Homer,” she said. “He knew a lot.”

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