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Elida Tanner

Mrs. Elida Tanner, age 80, of Oxford, Georgia passed away September 15, 2014. She was born August 23, 1934 in Miami, Florida to the late Vernon Franklin and Mary Lee Armstrong. Mrs. Tanner was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad and also worked for Emory University and the Newton County Library. She enjoyed traveling especially out west and to National Parks, she enjoyed gardening, knitting, collecting and she loved frogs.

September 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Catherine Crenshaw Berry

Catherine Crenshaw Berry, also affectionately known as "Nanny", passed away September 10, 2014, at the age of 100. She enjoyed cooking, quilting, spending time outdoors and canning vegetables. She owned Berry's Boat Dock, and for more than 72 years, people came expecting to see her sitting on the front porch swing! She never met a stranger. Nanny loved animals, but more than anything, she loved her family and cherished her time with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Franklin Berry; sons, Ronald Franklin Berry, Ralph Glenn Berry; parents, Ralph John and Corrine (Ivey) Crenshaw ...

September 13, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. John Thomas Tillti

John Thomas Tiltti, 71, of Covington passed away at his home on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. He was born in New York, New York to the late Phillip and Helvi Tiltti.

September 13, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Glen Selin

Glen Selin, 56, of Covington passed away Saturday, September 6, 2014. He was born September 16, 1957 in Hearst, Ontario, Canada to the late William and Edna Selin. Glen was a fun loving, hardworking man. He loved life and lived it to the fullest daily. Glen loved to travel and worked for USNR as a project manager where he traveled all over the world. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Covington and enjoyed helping throughout his community; building planter boxes in Porterdale and well houses for friends, he loved every minute of it. Mr. Selin was ...

September 12, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ms. Geneva Allen

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

September 12, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mrs. Mary A. Leasure

Mary A. Leasure, formerly of 933 Rosedale Avenue, Kingston, Tennessee, age 84, passed away suddenly on September 10, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl "Lucky" Leasure, in 1997. She moved to Atlanta in 2003 to join her children, daughter Barbara Leasure and son-in-law Dr. Michael Henry; son Steven Leasure, and daughter-in-law Holly and their son, Adam; and son Michael Leasure and daughter-in-law Dr. Renee Butler and their children, Matthew and Christopher Leasure. She lived independently in Conyers, Georgia, until May 2013 when she joined Steve, Holly and Adam in Douglasville.

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Leland Eugene Payne

Leland Eugene Payne, 66, of Ash, died Saturday, September 6, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Sara Helen Jordan

Sara Helen Jordan of Covington passed away September 8, 2014, at the age of 84. Mrs. Jordan was a member of East Newton Baptist Church, where she was active in the choir, her Sunday School class and the Women's Missionary Union.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Betty Christian Thomas

Betty Christian Thomas, 84, of Covington, passed away September 8, 2014. Mrs. Thomas was a faithful member of Bethany Presbyterian Church. She was very active in various church functions, and was a member of the church choir for several years. She was a longtime, dedicated employee of Steele-Jones Insurance Agency in Covington. Mrs. Thomas enjoyed spending time in her flower garden. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Ralph Thomas; parents Frank Buford and Ellen Ruth (Cowan) Christian; sisters Mary Beth Steele, Jean O'Neal; and her brother, Frank E. Christian.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Louise H. Smith

Louise H. Smith, 83, formerly Louise Armstrong, of Marietta, died August 28, 2014. Services will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in Castellaw Funeral Home's Jonquil Chapel in Smyrna, Ga. She is survived by her husband, Dean Smith; children Nancy Stephens, Brenda Clifton and Thomas Armstrong; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers and one grandson.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Rebecca 'Ann' Reid

Rebecca "Ann" Reid, 69, of Covington, passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at her home. She was born May 4, 1945, in Porterdale to the late Clarence and Allie Durden. Mrs. Reid was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend to all. But most of all, she loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was a long time member of Grace Baptist Church. Mrs. Reid is preceded in death by siblings Pauline Dial, Frances Sockwell and William "Bill" Durden.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Florence Taylor Lowen-French

Florence Taylor Lowen-French, 90, of Covington, Georgia, passed away on Monday, September 1, 2014. She was born on Tuesday, June 10, 1924 in Renick, West Virginia, to Henry and Ula Taylor. After graduating from Renick High School, Florence moved to Covington, Virginia to marry and raise a family. She worked for Ayers Furniture Store, and later served as manager of the Retail Merchants Association in Clifton Forge, Virginia, while completing a number of college courses. She later moved to Roanoke to become accounting manager for the J. H. Pence Company. Among other activities, Florence served as President of the Credit ...

September 04, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Kenneth Lanier Anglin

In a small house on the corner of a narrow street resting in the shadows of the Old Covington Mill, a child was born on a cold November day to a lady named Grace. It was 1938, and with little fanfare the child was wrapped in a blanket and placed in the bosom of a loving mother. But I suspect even on that day the people around the child had a feeling that he was special. "His name will be Kenneth Lanier and he will be a preacher" a passing neighbor surmised. His mother agreed, and so it was.

September 04, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Arthur Will Ponder

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

September 04, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Cheryl Easterlin-Slate

Mrs. Cheryl Easterlin Slate, 47, of Covington passed away Wednesday, September 03, 2014. She was born in Waltersboro, South Carolina on August 5, 1967. Cheryl was a talented, artistic person who loved to draw and paint. She was a natural merchandiser who had a great passion for design. Cheryl worked for and was part of the family of Brendale's Salon and Stuff just off the square in Covington. During her high school years she lived in Lithonia was a 1985 graduate of Lithonia High School. Cheryl was a loving and caring person who was loved by everyone that knew ...

September 03, 2014 | | OBITS


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Irene G. Holland

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


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


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