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Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques of Oxford, passed away June 29, 2015, at the age of 73. He devoted his life to the ministry of his Lord. Dr. Jacques served as the pastor of Harmony Baptist Church, in Covington, for 27 years, but most recently was a member of Canaan Baptist Church. He led church services once a week, for the residents of Riverside Health Care, Merryvale Assisted Living and The Benton House. He enjoyed spending time in his flower garden, but more than anything, he cherished the time he spent with his family. Preceding him in death were his parents ...

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad, 88, passed away on June 26, 2015, in Wichita, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife Eula Conrad (Palmer Stone Elementary School Teacher). He is survived by children Albert Conrad (Michael) of Wichita, Kansas, Celia Theiler of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Daniel Conrad (Lauree) of Cary, North Carolina.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Donald ‘Don’ Russell Griffin

Donald Russell Griffin "Don", age 82, of Oxford, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015. He was born November 11 1932, in Covington County, Alabama to the late Grover Cleveland and Lera Lorene Powell Griffin, the ninth of 11 children.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Elzie ‘Ed’ Dees

Elzie (Ed) Dees, of Oxford, passed away June 25, 2015, at the age of 85. Ed was born in Douglas. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951-1955 and was a veteran of the Korean War. He retired from Ryder Truck Lines with 44 years of service. Ed and Maxine thoroughly enjoyed spending time and being involved with their church group. Ed was also a proud and dedicated member of the Masonic Lodge for the past 51 years. He was presently a member with Pace Masonic Lodge No. 558.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Cheryl Lynn Harris Monis

Cheryl Lynn Harris Monis, 56 of Loganville, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015 at home. She was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA. to the late Bill Harris and Loretta Jamison Harris. Mrs. Monis has lived in the Loganville, GA. area for over 22 years. In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by her brother Mike Harris.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Gayle F. Jolley

Gayle F. Jolley, of Covington, died peacefully at his home on June 12, 215 at the age of 78.

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Otis Harper

Otis Harper, 78 of Covington, passed away Friday, June 26, 2015 at Abbey Hospice. Mr. Harper was born in Rutledge, Georgia to the late Archie Frank and Annie Knight Harper. Mr. Harper has lived in the Covington area since 1975 and was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church for over 20 years. He proudly served our country for over 20 years in the Air Force during the Vietnam War doing a tour in Thailand. After retiring from the Air Force he served in the Newton County Sheriff's Office for 15 years. Mr. Harper loved the outdoors, collecting knives ...

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


W.R. (Bill) Durden

W.R. (Bill) Durden, 90, of Covington, passed away June 25, 2015. He was born in Walton County, and graduated from Monticello High School, where he was a basketball star. He lived in Covington and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Covington for the past 60 years. He retired from American Mutual Insurance Company, and enjoyed golf, bowling, traveling and spending time with family.

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sam Grant

Mr. Sam E. Grant, 89 of Covington, passed away June 23, 2015 at Riverside Nursing Home. Mr. Grant was born in Porterdale to the late George W. and Mae Tuggle Grant and was a lifelong resident of Newton County. He proudly served his country during WWII and the Korean Conflict serving in the United States Army, Navy and Air Force from 1943 to 1951.

June 25, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Hattie Florence Hardeman

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

June 24, 2015 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Terrell Wingfield

Terrell Wingfield, of Covington, passed away June 19, 2015, at the age of 72. Mr. Wingfield was a member of First Baptist Church of Covington for more than 40 years and recently became active with The Church of the Good Shepherd, serving on the Outreach Committee and other church ministries. He had a tremendous passion for helping others and expressed that through Celebrate Recovery. He was invited by Sheriff Ezell Brown to begin a prison ministry for the inmates at the Newton County Detention Center. Mr. Wingfield worked in the Insurance industry for 43 years as an independent agent. In ...

June 20, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mary Gene Everitt Elliott

Mary Gene Everitt Elliott of Oxford, GA passed away on June 13, 2015 at Abbey Hospice. She was born on August 4, 1934 in Atlanta to the late Claudine Faulkner Everitt and William Floyd Everitt. Mary Gene grew up in Covington, but employment took their family to Greenville, SC in the late 1940's, where she graduated from Greenville High School in 1952. She attended the University of Georgia where she was a Fine Art major and a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.

June 19, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jean Oldham

Jean Oldham of Oxford, passed away June 18, 2015, at the age of 80. She began her banking career as a bookkeeper at Bank of Covington, and retired, after 30 years of employment, as a bank manager from the 278 office. She was a very active member of the First Presbyterian Church where she volunteered for many church projects, was a member of the First Presbyterian Women's Club and was president of the First Presbyterian Church Women's Circle. In addition, she was a member of the Covington Woman's Club. Mrs. Oldham was a loving mother, grandmother and ...

June 19, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dr. William Ernest Jackson

Dr. William E. Jackson, 78, of Covington died peacefully June 19, 2015 after a long illness. Dr. Jackson practiced Chiropractic for 51 years serving four generations. He retired December 16, 2011.

June 19, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dennis Ray Burch

Dennis Ray Burch, of Ruskin, Florida, formerly of Covington, Georgia, died June 13, 2015, at the age of 70. Born to the late Penn M. Burch and Helen Antony Burch, he lived most of his life in Newton County before moving to Ruskin, Florida, in September 2005. Mr. Burch was a very active member of Willow Springs Church, in Social Circle, and in the Moose Lodge in Ruskin, Florida. He was employed with Hercules for many years. He loved dancing, playing golf and collecting NASCAR memorabilia. He was a loving father and grandfather, and cherished the time he spent with ...

June 16, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Sarah A. Hooten

Mrs. Sarah A. Hooten of Covington passed away on January 15, 2010 at the age of 93. She was born in Rockdale County to the late Frank C. and Sadie Mae Chandler Almand and was the widow of the late A. R. "Cooter" Hooten. She enjoyed playing Bingo, cooking and talking with family and friends. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post # 32, and was an Elkadette at the Elks Lodge # 1806. Mrs. Hooten is preceded in death by a daughter, Norma Patricia Hooten and sister, Annie Lura Young. Mrs. Hooten is survived by sons and daughters-in-law ...

January 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Katie Lee Jones Edwards

Katie Lee Jones Edwards, loving wife and mother, passed away amid family on Dec. 15. She was born to James Thomas ("Tom") and Nina (Moate) Jones in Oxford and attended Newton County High School. She worked in Atlanta for the investment firm, CIT, moving to Arizona in 2001 and to New Jersey in 2005, where she held the position of vice president in CIT's Communications, Media and Entertainment Division. She attended Macedonia Baptist Church in Oxford during her youth and later Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

January 13, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Verna Nell Otti

January 12, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


George Leo Venable

January 11, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Harry McEver

Harry Dillon McEver of Covington, GA died Thursday, January 7, 2010 at Newton Medical Center. He was born on April 13, 1947 in Decatur, GA to Hillyer Monroe and Carrie Lee Tolbert McEver. He served our country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. McEver is survived by daughters Tracy Kehren of Covington, GA, Brenna Roper of Franklin, NC.; step-son Jeff Parker; grandsons Reece Kehren, Ethen Roper, Ty Roper; sisters: Martha Vandergriff of Covington, GA and Francis Flanagan of Lilburn, GA . He is preceded in death by his father: Hillyer Monroe McEver and mother: Carrie Lee Tolbert ...

January 10, 2010 | Paula Travis | OBITS


Mr. George P. Hopkins

Harwell-Wheeler Funeral Home Hopkins Mr. George P. Hopkins, 86 of Covington died January 9, 2010 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle, Georgia. Mr. Hopkins was born in Newton County to the late James F. and Fannie Hopkins, Sr. He was a lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church, which he dearly loved. He was very active in his church serving as treasurer and Sunday school teacher. Mr. Hopkins proudly served his country in the United States Army during WWII in England, France and Belgium. He retired from Scientific Atlanta where he worked as a machinist. He enjoyed playing baseball, gardening ...

January 10, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


William Luther (Bill) Kitchens, Jr.

January 09, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Robert J. "Bob" Hunter

HUNTER Mr. Robert J. "Bob" Hunter of Covington, moving here 19 years agor from Sandy Springs, died Thursday, January 7, 2010. He was born in Anniston, Alabama on October 13, 1928 to the late Bronson Eugene and Anna Belle (Robertson) Hunter. He proudly served our country during World War II as a pilot in the United States Navy. Mr. Hunter was of the Methodist faith. He was a member of American Legion Post 77, a member of the Optimist Club of Conyers once serving as secretary and a member of the American Printer's Association. Mr. Hunter is survived by ...

January 08, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Dorothy Louise (Wheeler) Johnson

JOHNSON Dorothy Louise (Wheeler) Johnson of Covington, GA died Thursday January 7, 2010 at Atlanta Medical Center. She was born on September 4, 1926 in Porterdale, GA to the late Walter and Ruth (Parker) Wheeler. Mrs. Johnson was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and was a long time member of Calvary Baptist Church in Conyers. She enjoyed growing and sharing her Angel Trumpets. She enjoyed her family and her church family. Mrs. Johnson is survived by daughter and son-in-law: Sandra and Jerry Bunn, sons and daughters-in-law: Ronnie and Gail Johnson, Gary and Betty Johnson, son: Terry Johnson all ...

January 08, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Joan Riser

January 08, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Newton Jones

January 07, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Artis F. Middlebrooks

January 07, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Scott Benton Jr.

Mr. Scott "Jim" Benton Jr. died Dec. 25. The son of Mrs. Mary Dean Jackson Benton and the late Mr. Scott Benton Sr. and the second of 11 children, he was born in Newton County in 1945. He was preceded in death by sisters Artie Mae Benton and Margret Ann Holloway. He joined New Hope Baptist Church at a young age and was a graduate of R.L. Cousins High School, class of 1964. He was a star basketball player. After graduation, he became employed as a truck driver. For more than 25 years he worked for Williams Brothers Concrete ...

January 05, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Brian Keith Mathews Sr.

Mr. Brian Keith Mathews Sr. died Dec. 26. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac (Addie Lee) Mathews and the sixth of nine children, he was born in 1962 in Newton County. The family relocated to Detroit Mich., where Mr. Mathews attended Scripps Elementary School, Foch Middle School and two years at Southeastern High School. He returned to his hometown and graduated from Newton County High School. He married Vanessa Barnes and then had a son Brian Mathews Jr. Mr. Mathews worked for Foamex and for SAIA Motor Freight for more than five years and received several accolades and safe ...

January 05, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Eddie L. Byrd

Eddie L. Byrd, of Conyers, passed away Jan. 1. after battling Leukemia AML for four months. He was born in Porum, Okla., in 1935, honorably discharged from the U.S. Army and graduated from Northeastern State College, Tahlequah, Okla., with a double major. He was married to the former Gerre Gale Engard of Tulsa, Okla., and transferred with Texaco to Georgia in 1971 and was a resident of Conyers for 27 years. He was preceded by his daughter Annie (Ann Elizabeth Byrd) and his parents Everett and Irene Tarkington Byrd.

January 05, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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