Sheryl Lynn Cunningham, 50, of Covington, died June 28 at Rockdale Medical Center. The daughter of the late Archie Lee and Mary Dolores Jones Cunningham, she was born in DeKalb County. Ms. Cunningham was a loving sister and aunt, had numerous friends through the World Wide Web and enjoyed photography. She had a wonderful sense of humor, was the life of the party and never met a stranger.
Mr. Rufus Lee Grant died June 23. The son of the late Mrs. Fozzie Jackson Smith and Mr. Alonzo Grant, he was born in 1921 in Jasper County. He joined Greenwood Baptist Church, Shady Dale, at an early age. He was a faithful member and had a strong religious upbringing. He served on the Deacon Board faithfully until his health failed. A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946. He retired from Hanover Wire and Cloth in 1986. He was preceded in death by wife Sarah Elizabeth Hardeman and siblings J.C ...
Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Hardeman Grant died June 15. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Johnny (Ollie Thompson) Hardeman, she was born in 1933 in Covington. Growing up in Newton County, she attended public schools and joined Early Hope Baptist Church at an early age. She later moved her membership to Rock Springs Baptist Church in Henry County, where she served faithfully on the mother Board. She was married to Mr. Rufus Lee Grant who died June 23. Mrs. Grant was preceded in death by siblings Margaret Moody, Buck Vine and Robert, Marvin and Curtis Hardeman.
Mrs. Emily Gates Gunn, 71, a live-long resident of Covington, died June 30. The daughter of the late Joseph Marvin Gates and Evelyn Wheeler Gates, she was born in Newton County in 1936. Mrs. Gunn was a member of Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church and retired from Steele Jones Insurance Agency where she worked as a bookkeeper. She is preceded in death by husband Mr. Thomas "Pete" Gunn, brothers Joseph Marvin Gates Jr. and James Harold Gates and sister and brother-in-law Betty and Jesse Henderson.
Mr. Michael Christopher West, 42, Blairsville, passed away suddenly June 26. The son of Robert M. West and Linda Gunter West he was born in 1965 in Fulton County. Mr. West was a veteran of the U.S. Army and had lived in Blairsville since 2003, moving from Conyers. He was of the Presbyterian faith. Coach West was a teacher at Union County High School and Union County High School coach for girls basketball and head coach of boys soccer.
With gas at $4 a gallon, the Newton County Board of Commissioners should take swift action to bring what relief it can to county residents - namely by applying for an available federal grant that would provide funding for the beginning of a mass-transit system in the county.
I was out the other day walking my dogs and watching a beautiful sunset in good ole' Social Circle. It occurred to me, as they were walking me, that I was huffing and puffing more than usual. Then it hit me. I finally realized that I am now 61 years old. A fact that I have kept suppressed for years.