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Mr. Jerry Odean McLeroy

Jerry Odean McLeroy passed away April 20, 2014, at his home in Covington. He was 84 years of age at the time of his death. Mr. McLeroy loved spending time with his great-grandchildren, and especially enjoyed vacationing with them. He had 35 years of service with Lithonia Lighting. He was preceded in death by his first wife, LaRue McLeroy; granddaughter, Tava Martin; and parents, Dick and Eva McLeroy.

April 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Cleo Banks Jr.

Celebration of Life

April 22, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Wilbur (Piggy) Reynolds

Homegoing Celebration

April 22, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mother Sebie Elizabeth McKnight

Celebration of Life

April 22, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mother Levancy Maxey Turner

Celebratinf The Life

April 21, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mother Ida Mae Ruth

Celebration of Life

April 21, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mother Christine Thorpe Wilson

Celebration of Life

April 21, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Christopher Dylan Williams

Christopher Dylan Williams, age 18, of Jackson, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born on July 19, 1995 in Dalton, Ga. to David L. Williams and Rebecca Lynn (Becky) Pierce Floyd. Dylan was a member of Jackson High School Class of 2013. He was employed with ACS Heating and Air in Covington.

April 19, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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


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Mrs. Jack (Dot) Christian

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mickey "Hoss" Hall

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Patricia Annette Burford Cronan

Patricia Annette Burford Cronan, 72, of Greensboro, died Dec. 16 at Rockdale Hospital, Conyers. The daughter of the late James Curtis Burford and Nellie Frances Capp Burford, she was born in Henry County in 1936. She attended Jackson High School and married in 1955. While living in Conyers, she worked for Pacific Coverall Sewing Factory and Green Brothers Nursery. She enjoyed gardening, working with flowers and being with her family and friends. Mrs. Cronan did volunteer work at Green Point and Warrenton nursing homes.

December 29, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Milford Dale Hefton

Mr. Milford Dale Hefton, 47, of Covington, died Dec. 16. The son of Dale and Dixie (Singleton) Hefton, he was born in 1961 in Klamath Falls, Ore. He worked in the trucking business for over 20 years and was currently employed as a truck driver for Scott Harper Trucking and part-time for War Trucking. He was co-owner of The Lawn Ranger Lawn Service Company. Mr. Hefton was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church and was a softball coach at Covington Christian Church NCYSL. He was a loving husband and father. He was preceded in death by his mother Dixie ...

December 29, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Charlie Lee “Whit” Bailey

Mr. Charlie Lee "Whit" Bailey, 92, a lifelong resident of Covington died on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008. He was born in Newton County Feb. 17, 1916 to the late Oscar and Leila (Smith) Bailey. Mr. Bailey was a member of Lovejoy Methodist Church. He was a retired carpenter, a very good handyman and built his house on Green Street. He enjoyed watching and listening to the Atlanta Braves, gardening and doing yard work, and he also loved and enjoyed talking to people. Mr. Bailey was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mrs. Christine (Johnson) Bailey who died April 19 ...

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Andrew Lidden Pate III

Andrew Lidden Pate III, 48, of Watkinsville, died Wednesday, Dec. 24. He was born Dec. 27, 1959 in Augusta, GA to the Reverend Dr. Andrew Lidden Pate, Jr. and Martha Brown Lokey Pate.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Gertrude Wood

Gertrude Wood, 84, of Covington, died Dec. 14. A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Wood was a homemaker and a member of Zion Baptist Church. She is survived by sister Mary Sue Ryer of Conyers and brother James Gordon of Commerce, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Dec. 17, at Green Meadow Memorial Gardens with Rev. Danny Evans officiating. No visitation is scheduled.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jeanne M. Smith

Jeanne M. Smith, 84, of Covington passed away on Dec. 13 of complications from heart surgery. The youngest child and only daughter of Mae and Ward Robertson, she was born in 1924 in Batavia, Ill. Mrs. Smith had three brothers Gerald, Wallace and Richard. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hampton Smith (1920 - 1969) and her daughter Melinda Eudy (1952 - 1994).

She attended the University of Illinois and received her bachelor's and master's degrees in English. She married Hampton Smith in 1951 in Illinois. They lived in many parts of the country as Hampton pursued a ...

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Leon Lowry

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Helen Newton Ivey

 Helen Newton Ivey, 91, of Covington, passed away Dec. 13. A native of Covington, and a beautician for over 40 years, she was a beloved friend and confidant to many of Covington's citizens. Mrs. Ivey truly had a servant's heart as she was happiest when serving others. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Covington and was involved with the WMU, 3R's, Meals on Wheels and various other church activities. She was also active in the Pilot Club, AARP, Gold Star American Legion and a Bridge Club. In her spare time, she traveled with ...

December 24, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Clarence “Tommy” Johnson Jr.

Mr. Clarence "Tommy" Johnson Jr., 70, of Covington, died Dec. 9. The son of the late Clarence Thomas Johnson Sr. and Sarah Louise Mask, he was bon in Newton County. He was not expected to live past his first day but lived to his 70th birthday, unaffected by his handicap. Mr. Johnson was a member of the Baptist Tabernacle, Covington, and loved selling Bibles from his home. He attended Newton High School until the 11th grade and was an Eagle Scout. He loved listening to country music, camping trips and attending Braves games. Mr. Johnson was known as the "North ...

December 22, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Edward Floyd Allard Jr.

The Rev. Edward Floyd Allard Jr., 78, of Mansfield, died Dec. 8 at Embracing Hospice, Snellville. The son of the late Edward Floyd Allard Sr. and Elizabeth Smith Allard, he was born in Wilmington, N.C. He attended Campbell University and graduated from the Memphis School of Preaching in 1972. He served our country during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a Tech Sgt. in 1970. He was a recipient of the USAF Commendation Medal. Mr. Allard was a life member of the Disabled Veterans of America and very active ...

December 22, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Imogene Berron Graham

Mrs. Imogene Herron Graham, 78, of Toccoa, died Dec. 8 at Cottingham Hospice House, Seneca, S.C. The daughter of the late N.R. and Faye Smith Herron, she was born in 1930 in Franklin County. She grew up and lived most of her life on Rose Lane in Toccoa, being a great neighbor with a terrific sense of humor. She loved to play games with her family and friends. Mrs. Graham was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church and a licensed beautician. She graduated from North Georgia Trade School and worked with her aunt and close friend, Claudine Collier ...

December 22, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Billy Rooks Stokes

Mr. Billy Rooks Stokes, 77, of Covington, died Dec. 8. The son of the late Rebie Stokes and Gennie Mae Bowden Stokes, he was born in 1931 in Newton County. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Stokes retired from Auto Soler where he worked as a machinist. He enjoyed working on his cattle farm and serving as an active member of the Disaster Relief Team through the Georgia Baptist Association. He was especially honored to work with the disaster relief team when they traveled to New York to serve during the attack on Sept ...

December 20, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Willie C. “Doug” Victor

Mr. Willie C. "Doug" Victor died Dec. 4 in Rockdale County. The son of Mrs. Mary Frances Johnson Victor and the late Booker T. Victor, he was born in 1938 in Newton County. One of 14 children, Mr. Victor was preceded in death by brother Jay Victor. Mr. Victor was raised and educated in Newton County and joined St. Paul AME Church as an early age. He worked for Cross Construction for over 30 years. A hard worker, he enjoyed his job as a brick mason. During his spare time, Mr. Victor enjoyed playing cards, cooking, cleaning, working in the ...

December 20, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


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