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Mrs. Annelle Townsend

Annelle Townsend, of Oxford, passed away Sept. 26, 2014 at the age of 82. Married to Grady Townsend for 59 years, the couple honeymooned in Daytona, and visited there every year around their anniversary. Mrs. Townsend enjoyed shopping, but most of all she loved being with her family. She was a member of Heritage Hills Baptist Church in Conyers and will be remembered as a great cook – always preparing more than enough. Mrs. Townsend was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Sally Mae Davis; brothers, Buford Davis, R.H. Davis; and sister, Willene Royal.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Vera K. Stalvey

Vera K. Stalvey, of Covington, passed away September 26, 2014, at the age of 94. Mrs. Stalvey lived in Rome, GA until she moved to Covington in 1975. She was a member of Covington Church of God in Covington, and a former member or East Rome Church of God, where she taught Sunday School. Mrs. Stalvey enjoyed quilting, crocheting and ceramics, but her focus was being a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norwood A. Stalvey; grandsons, Scott Stalvey and Tony Stalvey; great-grandson, Matthew Stalvey; parents, Randy and Mary Louise (Morgan) Wright

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Opal O'Dell Graves

Funeral services for Opal O'Dell Graves, 91, of Murphy, North Carolina., were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. The Reverends Edward Carter, Fred Lunsford and Jim Ross officiated. Following the service, interment was in the church's cemetery. She died on Monday, September 15, 2014, after an extended illness.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. 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 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Peggy Jean Mathis

Peggy Jean Mathis of Covington, passed away September 22, 2014, at the age of 63. Peggy enjoyed drawing, puzzle books and watching soap operas. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was known for her wonderful sense of humor and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Peggy was preceded in death by her father, John Henry Turner.

September 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Elmer 'Mo' Blankenship

Elmer "Mo" Blankenship, Sr. 87, of Oxford, passed away on September 23, 2014 at Newton Medical Center. He was born on May 29, 1927 to the late Mindy Smith Blankenship. Mr. Blankenship was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Covington where he served as a deacon. He served in the US Navy during WWII and was one of the founding members of the Newton County Touchdown Club. Mr. Blankenship was a member of the Golden Fleece Masonic Lodge No. 6, a longtime scout leader and scout master of Troup No. 211 of Oxford. He loved watching his great-grandson ...

September 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jeanne Wiley Driver

Mrs. Jeanne Wiley Driver, age 80, of Covington passed away September 24, 2014. She was born September 12, 1934 in Covington to the late James and Nezzie Prickett Wiley. Mrs. Driver was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend; a good Christian woman who was a member of Sardis Congregational Church and attended Gaither's United Methodist Church and Porterdale Presbyterian Church. She loved nature, flowers and was an Atlanta Braves fan. Mrs. Driver was a private duty nurse who sat with many families during extended illnesses; she was loved by everyone who knew her.

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Marie Norman

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

September 23, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mrs. Agnes Stephens Campbell

Agnes Stephens Campbell died on September 12, 2014, age 92, Marshfield, Wisconsin; formerly of Snellville. Agnes was born in Oxford, Georgia, 1922 to Pauline and Harold Stephens, and was the wife of (late) Thomas Lyle Campbell, mother of Mary Campbell Brown and Tom Campbell. She had six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Penelope (Penny) Cagle Rutledge

Penelope (Penny) Cagle Rutledge, age 63, of Porterdale, passed away September 13, 2014, following an extensive illness. She attended Porterdale Baptist Church, and enjoyed crocheting, reading, cooking and listening to music. She especially enjoyed listening to her grandson, Dylan, play the piano, and also spending time with her other grandson, Eli. Ms. Rutledge devoted her life to caring for her parents, daughter and grandsons. She had a great sense of humor and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Bill and Maybell Cagle; and her sister, Peggy Batchelor.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Jesse D. Patten

Jesse D. Patten, 79, of Covington, died Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Newton Medical Center. Mr. Patten was born in Richland to the late Jesse Greene and Viola Gunnels Patten.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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


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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


Rella Mae Allen

December 19, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Obituary: James Leonard Chapman

James Leonard Chapman, 89, of Covington, died Dec. 4, 2008. He was born June 27, 1919 to the late Henry and Pearl Thomason Chapman in Newton County. Mr. Chapman was a lifelong resident of Covington and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He loved fishing, gardening, woodcrafts and enjoyed building cabinets, cradles and toys for children.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Arthur F. Lackey, Jr.

December 15, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Wayne Harris

December 14, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Everett Eugene Ensminger

Dr. Everett Eugene Ensminger, 68, of Covington, died at his home Nov. 29 after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. The son of Clois Zirnstein Ensminger and the late Howard E. Ensminger, he was born in 1939 in Emporia, Kan.

December 13, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Richard Fincher

Mr. Richard Fincher, 45, of Woodstock, died Nov. 26. He was born in Fulton County in 1963. He worked as general manager for Associated Fuel Systems Inc. and enjoyed working on hot rods, riding bikes and boating.

December 13, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mildred Crowe Fuller

Mildred Crowe Fuller, 72, of Conyers, died Nov. 15. The daughter of the late Lewis R. and Johnnie C. Crowe, she was born in Newton County. Mrs. Fuller was a member of The Church of The Lord Jesus Christ in Milstead for over 50 years. Mrs. Fuller was preceded in death by siblings James E. Crowe, Bobby G. Crowe, J. Aslee Corley and Alice P. Chambers.

December 13, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Annie Lou Wyatt Potts

Annie Lou Wyatt Potts, 88, of Stark Road in the Stark Community of Butts County, died, Nov. 30 at the Autumn Village, Jackson. The daughter of the late George Washington Wyatt and Lucy Martha Harper Wyatt, she was born in 1020 in Butts County. She was preceded in death by her husband Alton Geise Potts who died in 1976. She began her career at the Department of Agriculture in Jackson. For many years Mr. and Mrs. Potts owned and operated Potts' Store on Ga. Highway 36 in Newton County. She was a member of the Stark United Methodist Church and ...

December 13, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Robert P. Burgess

Mr. Robert P. Burgess, 73, of Mineral Bluff, formerly of Covington, died Nov. 21. The son of the late Thomas and Katherine Bass Burgess, he was born in Rocky Mount, N.C. in 1934. He attended the University of North Carolina and was a graduate of the University of Georgia Law School. After practicing law for 10 years, Mr. Burgess moved his career into the convenience store business. He most recently owned the Youth Community Store before retiring to the mountain home he built in Mineral Bluff.

December 06, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


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