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Posted: April 15, 2009 3:27 p.m.

Former Newton County legislator passes

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

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Otis Spillers, of Covington, died April 14, 2009, at Piedmont Hospital, at the age of 90. Born in Roberta, GA on February 12, 1919 to J. D. Spillers and Verna Hartley Spillers, he lived and worked on a farm until he graduated high school in 1935, then moved to Covington to work for Pratt Lumber Company. In 1939, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in World War II for 4 years. After his discharge from the Navy, he returned to Covington, married Mary Delbridge, and continued to work in the lumber business. Mr. Spillers graduated from Georgia Alabama Business College and Draughins Business School and started Spillers Lumber Company in 1947, where he was involved in lumber manufacturing, real estate, construction, home building supply, insurance, marine supply, mini and industrial storage and rental property. He was a member of Covington First Baptist Church for 63 years, a member of the Georgia House of Representatives for 2 terms, served on Covington City Council, and served as Chairman of Newton County Water and Sewerage authority during the 5 year organizational period. Mr. Spillers was past President of Newton County Chamber of Commerce, Commander of the American Legion, Exalted Ruler of Covington Elks Lodge #1806, Director of Covington Businessman for 15 years, member of Golden Fleece Lodge #6 for 63 years, served on Board of Counselors for Oxford College and was a member of Yarrab Shriners Temple in Atlanta, where he served on the Director’s staff. He was a proud active member of the Covington Rotary Club for 63 years, where he served on several committees as well as President. Mr. Spillers served as Chairman of the Empty Stocking fund, head of the Covington/ Newton County Recreation Chairman, honored in 1960 as Georgia Industrial Ambassador for his work in industrial development for Newton County, and served as chairman of the group to name all roads in Newton County. He gladly served on the City of Covington Planning and Zoning Commission and was appointed Chairman before stepping down due to health reasons. Mr. Spillers was a valuable part of this community that he loved so much. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Delbridge Spillers and two sisters, Lula Mae Bates and Lorene Henthorn. Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Amelia and Gary Moseley of Covington; son and daughter-in-law, A. J. and Anne Spillers of Covington; grandchildren, Stacia M. and Keith Battaglia, John and Canessa Moseley, Gene and Sandy Moseley, Tom and Patty Spillers, Lance and Sangmi Spillers; great-grandchildren, Erica Battaglia, Natalie Battaglia, Amberly Moseley, Zach Moseley, Adam Moseley, Amanda Moseley; sisters, Lois O’Fallon Hall of Denver, CO, Gloria Kesterson of Dierks, AR; brothers, Talmadge Spillers of Ft. Valley, GA, Jerry Spillers of Cordele; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service for Mr. Spillers will be held on Friday, April 17, 11:00 AM, at Covington First Baptist Church, with Rev. J. J. Wilson and Rev. Len Strozier officiating, with interment following in Covington City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Access Rd, Thursday, April 16, from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 1139 Usher St., Covington, GA 30014. Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home – Covington, GA. 770-786-7062 www.caldwellandcowan.com to place online condolences.
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