Mrs. Zelma Mann Cowan, 87, of Oxford, died Dec. 22. She was the widow of Edward F. Cowan. Mrs. Cowan was a lifelong resident of Newton County, was raised in the Starrsville community and attended the one-room schoolhouse at Starrsville. She was a member of Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church. In early years, she did volunteer work through the American Cancer Society and was a 4-H Club volunteer and was very active in the Flint Hill Home Demonstration Club. She and her husband worked side by side on their cattle and hay farm in Oxford. She was preceded in death ...
Mrs. Sara Mathdile Cannon Dobbs, 90, of Covington, passed away Dec. 23 at Healthfield Hospice. The daughter of the late Annie M. and William A. Cannon, she was born in Washington County. She was preceded in death by husband Chester Lee Dobbs in 1969 and son Charles Raymond Dobbs in 2000. Known as grandma and Aunt Mathdile, she enjoyed cooking and needlework.
Mr. William Nathan Driver, 48, of Conyers, died Dec. 24. The son of Mr. Hubert Driver and Mrs. Irene Gunn Driver, he was born in 1959 in Newton County. He worked for Pratt Displays as a press helper. He was preceded in death by father Mr. Hubert Driver and brothers Leon and George Driver.
Randy Fincher, 58, of Oxford, died Dec. 23. The son of the late Morris B. Fincher, he was a native of Newton County. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather and enjoyed spending time with friends, hunting, fishing and the Georgia Bulldogs.
Mrs. Lillie Alberta Ashby Hale died Dec. 24. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. (Lillie) Ashby, she was born in 1944 in Newton County. Mrs. Hale, known as "Rabbit' to her brother Leon, was a graduate of Rockdale County School. She married Mr. Harry Lee Hale in 1990. Mrs. Hale was a member of Victory Tabernacle Church for more than 25 years and retired from the city of Conyers when she married.
Charlotte L. Hicks, 60, of Conyers, died Dec. 25 at Rockdale Medical Center. The daughter of the late Cordelia Brooks Adkins, she was a member of New Life Baptist Church. Mrs. Hicks enjoyed crafts, yard work - especially flower gardening, hunting and fishing. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Hicks was preceded in death by sisters Cathy Hoop and Betty Sue Grant.
Harley Wayne Skidmore, 63, of Monticello, died Dec. 25. The son of the late Noah and Julie Bishop Skidmore, he was born in Harlan County, Ky. He was a self-employed sheet rock contractor. Mr. Skidmore loved playing the guitar and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Lillie (Louise) Stone, 84, of Covington, died Dec. 24. The daughter of the late Troy and Carrie Lloyd Mobley, she was born in Newton County. She was retired from Piedmont Molding and was a loving and devoted wife, mother and beloved grandmother.
Mrs. Joyce Marion Waldrup, 72, a livelong resident of Conyers, died Dec. 22. The daughter of the late Ernest Lott and Auzzie Grantham Lott, she was born in 1935. She was a former member of Milstead Holiness Church. Mrs. Waldrup enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren.
David Stooksbury, Georgia's official state climatologist, has predicted a dry winter and spring for 2008. As that is the time of year when soil moisture, groundwater and streams are recharged before the hot summer months, this will more than likely mean a continuation of the drought.
The fire departments of Newton County and the city of Covington are collaborating together on a project to construct a joint Fire Training Facility which, once constructed, should result in improved insurance ratings for both departments.