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Major Claude Robert Phillips, Jr.

Major Claude Robert Phillips, Jr., born in Social Circle on March 30, 1918, passed away April 2, 2014. He was a devoted husband and father, married 68 years to Jean Cochran Phillips. He and Jean raised a large and happy family. Claude graduated from Oxford College of Emory University and later graduated with JD from Atlanta Law School. As a member of the "greatest generation" he joined the Army and served during WWII. Claude continued his Army career for twenty one years while serving in Germany, Korea and stateside.

April 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Deborah Corley

Deborah Corley Taylor, of Covington, passed away April 14, 2014, at the age of 56. She enjoyed attending her sons' sporting events and reading, but most of all she loved spending time with her adored grandchildren. She was a devoted employee of Gene Hyde Trucking for many years.

April 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Charlyne Varner

Charlyne Aaron Varner, age 87, died April 13, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle, Georgia. She was predeceased by her husband Roy Varner and by her parents Rabun and Ellie May Aaron. She was married to Roy for 66 years. She played the role of devoted helpmate to him as he served 16 years as chairman of Newton County Board of Commissioners. Her personality was to avoid the limelight so politics were a challenge for her. Nevertheless, she took care of all the details which led to Roy's success. She was devoted to her family. She made sacrifices ...

April 14, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Terry Michael Rowe

Terry Michael Rowe, 72, of Covington passed away on April 11, 2014. He was born in Covington, Georgia on December 9, 1941 to Ray and Rachel (Crawley) Rowe. He was married to the former Barbara Ketchem for 49 years. Mr. Rowe worked at Big Star for 28 years before finishing his career as a store manager at Food Depot. He was a great pal to his grandkids and loved to take them fishing. He was always there to support them at all sporting and school functions. His mother and father, Ray and Rachel (Crawley) Rowe preceded him in death.

April 12, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Bobby Green

Mr. Bobby Green, age 80, a lifelong resident of Covington passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014. He was born April 19, 1933 in Covington to Rush and Ethel Herring Green who have preceded him in death. Mr. Green served his country in the United States Army and was of the Methodist faith. He worked for a number of years for Hercules as a supervisor over the shipping department and owned and operated Bob's Carpet Service for many years. Mr. Green loved horses, fishing, and farming and enjoyed riding in boats. He was a loving caring father, grandfather, great grandfather ...

April 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Helen June McClam

Mrs. Helen June McClam, 82 of Covington, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Abbey Hospice. Mrs. McClam was born on September 26, 1931 in Atlanta, GA to Carter and Dell Hughes. Mrs. McClam is preceded in death by her parents, her son Warren Eugene McClam and close friend Bettye Brown.

April 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Billy Reagin

Billy Reagin of Covington passed away April 10, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. He was 62 years of age at the time of his death. Billy loved to spend time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed riding his Harley, going to motorcycle rallies, and was an avid Georgia fan. In addition, he loved playing softball, being outside, trips to Biloxi, and watching NASCAR. Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Burton and Jane (Sammons) Jackson; and his beloved dogs, Abby and Ellie.

April 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Bobby Green

Mr. Bobby Green, age 80, a lifelong resident of Covington passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014. He was born April 19, 1933 in Covington to Rush and Ethel Herring Green who have preceded him in death. Mr. Green served his country in the United States Army and was of the Methodist faith. He worked for a number of years for Hercules as a supervisor over the shipping department and owned and operated Bob's Carpet Service for many years. Mr. Green loved horses, fishing, and farming and enjoyed riding in boats. He was a loving caring father, grandfather, great grandfather ...

April 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Marion Louise Baughn Harwell

Marion Louise Baughn Harwell, 98, of Covington, GA, passed away April 6, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle, GA. The middle of three sisters born to William Alexander Baughn and Jennie Wilder Steerman Baughn, Marion is survived by her younger sister, Bettemae (Mrs. Taylor S.) Womack, of Auburn, AL. Other survivors include her sons, Nat Harwell (Louise) and Rhee Harwell of Covington; four nieces; three nephews; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nearly two dozen great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and a wide circle of friends.

April 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Henry Drew McRay, Jr.

Henry Drew McRay, Jr. of Covington passed away April 4, 2014 at Landmark Hospital in Athens. He was 79 years of age at the time of his death. Mr. McRay was a retired U.S. Navy veteran with more than 20 years of service. He was a very patriotic and giving person who loved his family dearly, enjoyed going to the ocean, and riding the dirt roads. Mr. McRay attended Gaithers United Methodist for over 20 years, and was currently a member of Christ Cornerstone Church. He was preceded in death by his son, Monty William McRay; parents, Henry Drew ...

April 05, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Edna Turner Barmann

Edna Turner Barmann, 84, of Covington passed away Tuesday April 1, 2014. She was born on April 23, 1929 in Douglasville to Cleveland and Annie Mae Turner. Mrs. Barmann is survived by her loving husband of 52 years Richard Barmann of Covington; daughter Susie (Jeffrey) Blalock of Cartersville; sons Floyd Pate of Covington and Richard (Sharon) Barmann of Covington; sisters Opal Turner, Celia (Jimmy) Turner, Ann (JM) Turner, Helen Turner and Minnie Lee Turner; brothers Herman (Jackie) Turner and Eugene Turner; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents Cleveland and Annie ...

April 03, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Ruby Lee Price

Celebration Of Life

April 03, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Amos Carl Hallford

Amos Carl Hallford, of Oxford, passed away March 30, 2014, at the age of 85. He was born February 2, 1929, in Toccoa, Georgia, to the late George and Arlie Hallford. He was a hard worker having retired from the Keebler Bakery after 20 years of service. He dearly loved his family and enjoyed deep sea fishing and working on cars. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jo Hallford; son, Raymond Carl Hallford; brother, Jeff Hallford.

April 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Charlie Willis, Jr.

Mr. Charlie Willis, Jr., of 4133 Briscoe Street, N.W. Covington, Ga., departed this life Monday, July 22, 2013 in Covington at Newton Medical Center.

April 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Chase Jeffrey Smith

Baby Boy Chase Jeffrey Smith, just 7 weeks old, passed away April 1, 2014. Baby Chase had the prettiest smile, and was loved dearly in his short time on earth. He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Pat Ward; great-grandfather, James Carter; and great-grandfather, J.C. Smith.

April 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Mr. Brandon Gay

Brandon Gay, of Social Circle, passed away Feb. 13, 2014, at the age of 28. Brandon was a 2004 graduate of Eastside High, and was an avid Michigan Wolverines fan. He loved traveling, especially to Panama City Beach and Hawaii, and enjoyed snorkeling, scuba diving and other water sports. Brandon cherished his family dearly, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Susan Ivey Gay; maternal grandfather, William David Ivey; and his paternal grandfather, William Saunders Gay.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Donna Dodd Ayers

Donna Dodd Ayer, 74, of Cartersville passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Cartersville Medical Center.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Richard Larry Tanner

Richard Larry "Gran-paw Tater" Tanner, age 64, of White Plains, Ga., passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Richard was born in Buckhead, Ga., on Dec. 6, 1949. He was the oldest of nine children born to the late Gordon Arlin Tanner and Ina Ellen Burchard Tanner. He was a 1968 graduate of Newton County High School and married Carolyn Ann Mentel on Oct. 24, 1970.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jack N. Kitchens

Jack N. Kitchens, of Covington, passed away Feb. 10, 2014, at the age of 77. Mr. Kitchens, a retired U.S. Army veteran, proudly served his country during both the Korean and Vietnam wars. During his 24 years in service, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three times), the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and many others. He was a 1954 graduate of Newton High, and faithful member of Pine Grove Presbyterian Church. Mr. Kitchens was an avid golfer and enjoyed ceramics and reading. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend ...

February 13, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Jessie Martin Wade

Jessie Martin Wade, of Mansfield, passed away Feb. 10, 2014, at the age of 83. Mrs. Wade attended Covington First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Agape Sunday School Class. She retired, from C.R. Bard after 24 years of dedicated employment. In addition to her being an avid artist and gardener, she loved animals and enjoyed cooking and sewing. Mrs. Wade was preceded in death by her husband, John Ellis Wade Sr.; daughter, Jane Elizabeth McIntosh; son, John Ellis Wade, Jr.; grandson, Jason Wade; parents, Elbert and Annie (Culberson) Martin; and six of her siblings.

February 13, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sandra Ann Smith Hopkins

Sandra Ann Smith Hopkins of Covington passed away Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at the age of 71. She was surrounded by family and friends. She was born Feb. 28, 1942, in Columbus. She was predeceased by her parents, Mr. J.T. and Mrs.Annie Myrtice Smith, both of Covington.

February 08, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Mildred L. Costley

Mrs. Mildred L. Costley, age 96, of Covington passed away Friday, February 7, 2014. She was born January 19, 1918 in Jasper County to the late Edgar and Mava Kitchens Cunard. Mrs. Costley moved to Covington around 1935 and met her husband while working as a waitress at a restaurant located on the square. Not long after moving to Covington she became a member of the First Baptist Church and is currently the third oldest member. She was very active in her church. Mrs. Costley was a member of the Lamplighters Sunday school class, she was also a member of ...

February 08, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Little Aniya Breshun Jackson

Celebration of Life

February 08, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. George Strong Jr.

Homegoing Celebration

February 08, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. John Hollis Lawrence

John Hollis Lawrence, age 93, who counted his years leading the Monticello-Jasper County Chamber of Commerce as among the most fulfilling of his life, died peacefully on Feb. 4, 2014, in Atlanta.

February 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. William C. English Jr.

William C. English Jr., age 65, of Oxford, born on March 21, 1948, passed away on January 30, 2014, from complications of diabetes. Bill was the son of the late William C. and Gertrude English, also of Oxford. Bill served in the United States Army in Vietnam in the late 1960s. He loved collecting arrowheads and unusual rocks. He was an avid woodworker and outdoorsman and loved golf.

February 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Betty Lou Cook

Mrs. Betty Lou Cook, 76, widow of Gerald B. "Skip" Cook, of Oxford, Ga., passed away Friday, January 31, 2014. Mrs. Cook was born on Jan. 31, 1938, in Georgetown, Ky., to the late John R. and Alice Jones. Mrs. Cook was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and was talented in many hobbies, such as cooking, baking, flower arranging, gardening, sewing and many other craft activities. Betty was a very loving, kind and generous person who was always giving of herself to her family, friends and her church. She amazed us with her talents, and we loved to ...

February 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Dan L. Strawbridge

Dan L. Strawbridge of Oxford, died suddenly Feb. 4, 2014, after a brief illness. Born Aug. 23, 1943, Mr. Strawbridge is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nancy Sharpe Strawbridge, and sons, Dodson Daniel Strawbridge, John Wilson Strawbridge, and William Gerald Strawbridge.

February 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Wynelle Dobson Wyatt

Wynelle Dobson Wyatt, 97, of Covington, went home to be with the Lord, Feb. 5, 2014. Nannie, as she was affectionately called by most, was born in Cumming, Ga., to the late H.P. and Emma (Strown) Glover, and was the oldest of eight children. She married Lonnie H. Dobson in 1935, and they had three children, Ruel, Sandra and Herb. In 1997, she moved to Covington, and joined Solid Rock Baptist Church, where she faithfully attended until this last year because she was unable to walk. Nannie loved to work in her flower garden, and would be found most ...

February 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Cora Singley

Cora Annelle Singley, age 88, of Monroe, died on February 2, 2014. She was born in Walton County on Dec. 10, 1925, to the late Mollie Cheek Wheelis and the late George Wheelis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Melvin Singley; and three children, Phil Turpin, Richard Thompson, and Deborah Evans.

February 04, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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