well if you dont want your Gmail to sync at all , you go to..
Settings>accounts and sync click on your email account to enable or disable sync,,, you can also shut of auto sync from this screen
Thank you so much. For me, it was not a good idea to have synced gmail and phone. That action has run up a sizable data bill for each sync operation and announcement -- though the chime sounds nice. I realize that the person who posed the question had different answer in mind, but you picked the question in my mind up from the ether, and answered it.