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Reuben Yearwood

Reuben Yearwood, age 79, of Covington, passed away September 30, 2014. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and going fishing. Mr. Yearwood loved his family dearly, and especially cherished his time spent with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Howard and Lovie (Chambers) Yearwood.

October 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ralph William "Bill" Hoffman

Ralph William "Bill" Hoffman passed away in his Covington home, September 30, 2014, at the age of 90. Mr. Hoffman was a member and former deacon of the First Baptist Church, in Covington, where he also served as past chairman of the Board, Sunday School teacher and superintendent of the Intermediate Department.

October 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Mildred "Mrs. Millie" Maloy

Mildred "Mrs. Millie" Maloy, a lifelong resident of Porterdale, passed away September 27, 2014, at the age of 95. She was a member of Porterdale Baptist Church and the Porterdale Woman's Club. Mrs. Millie was known for her sharp mind and quick wit, and therefore gained the nickname, "The General." She loved her family dearly and especially cherished her role as a grandmother. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family. Mrs. Millie was preceded in death by her husband, Carl B. Maloy; parents, Leo and Candace Shaw; and her brother, Marshall "Pete" Shaw.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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


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Helena Walker Cooper

Mrs. Helena Walker Cooper, 85, of Sparta, Tenn., died Nov. 23 at Erianger Hospital, Chattanooga, Tenn. The daughter of the late Wesley M. and Ova Greer Walker, Mrs. Cooper was born in Sparta in 1922. Mrs. Cooper was preceded in death by her husband Mr. Stone Cooper and brother Ralph Walker.

December 06, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Brenda Johnson

Mrs. Brenda Johnson, 65, of Bay Minette, Ala., formerly of Covington, died Nov. 23. Mrs. Johnson was a member of High Point Baptist Church, Covington. She was preceded in death by husband Mr. Perry Johnson.

December 06, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Flora Mae (Nanny) Reid

Flora Mae (Nanny) Reid of Covington, 87, of Covington, died Nov. 23. She was a member of The Baptist Tabernacle for 34 years, where she served in the WMU. Mrs. Reid was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by husband George Thomas Reid; parents Clifford and Lena Mary Day Brewer, daughter Geneva Davis and sons Tom Reid, Terry Reid and Allen Reid.

December 06, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Byron H. Dunn

Byron H. Dunn, M.D., died Nov. 15. He graduated from Gordon Military School and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia. After an internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fla., he served a three-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical College of Georgia. He practiced in Dekalb County for 20 years before moving his office and practice to Conyers for 15 more years. He was a member of the Dekalb Medical Society and the Newton-Rockdale Medical Society. He was on staff ...

December 03, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Howard L. Gibbs

Howard L. Gibbs ("Buttermilk," "Shotgun," "Mouth"), 78, loving father, grandpa and friend to many, died Nov. 20 at Emory Eastside Medical Center. The son of the late John C. and Nellie Pace Gibbs, he was born and spent his youth and early adult years in Decatur on Rainbow Drive, moving later with his family and raising his children in Lithonia. He retired from the U. S. Postal Service in Decatur after 30 years of service and had also been a milkman for Mathis Dairy, an auctioneer and a farmer. Mr. Gibbs loved talking to people and never met a stranger ...

December 03, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Kathryn Corley Mills

Mrs. Kathryn Corley Mills, 93, of Marietta, formerly of Augusta and Covington, died Nov. 8. Mrs. Mills lived in Augusta for over 40 years and was a member of Aldersgate Methodist Church. The daughter of the late William Herbert Corley and Leila Wright Corley, she was born in Starrsville. She was preceded in death by husband William Carlos Mills and brother Herbert Corley Jr.

December 03, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sara Frances (Doodie) Cook

Sara Frances (Doodie) Cook, 81, of Covington, passed away Nov. 19. Mrs. Cook would have celebrated her 66th wedding anniversary Nov. 21. She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed cooking for her family. Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by her parents Hyatt and Nanny Mae Bowen of Covington.

December 01, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Harry Hugh English Jr.

Mr. Harry Hugh English Jr., died Nov. 14 in Decatur.

December 01, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sara Jane Bryant

Sara Jane Bryant, 63, of Covington, died Nov. 14 at Abbey Hospice. The daughter of the late William Moon Sr., and Evie L. Brownlee Moon, she was a 30-yar member of Stewart Baptist Church. Mrs. Bryant loved spending time with her grandchildren and enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening. She was a very devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mrs. Bryant was preceded in death by her husband Clayton O. Bryant.

Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law Patricia G. and David Smith, Nancy A. and Rodney Christian, all of Covington; son and daughter-in-law Tony L. and Tiffany Rutledge of Newborn; grandchildren Cindy, Kristy ...

November 29, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Alezander Moseley DeJesus

Little Aleznder Moseley DeJesus died Nov. 13.

Surviving are parents Lauren Hilliard and Stephen DeJesus of Covington; brother Emory DeJesus of Covington; maternal grandparents John and Katherine Hilliard of Covington; paternal grandparents Efrain (DJ) and Linda DeJesus of Hinesville; great-grandparents Christina Mosley of Midway, Venancio DeJesus of Orlando, Fla.

November 29, 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.

Surviving are son and daughter-in-law Monty W. and Laurie D. Duller of Covington; granddaughter and husband Jessica F. and J. Kyle Stewart of Dacula; great-granddaughter Alyssa Hope Stewart of Dacula; brother Mack J. Crowe ...

November 29, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Barbara Morgan Walsh

Barbara Morgan Walsh, of Macon, formally of Covington, passed away Nov. 13 after a brief illness, surrounded by her family. The daughter of the late Willie Lester and Selma Holmes Morgan, she was born in 1933 in Greene County. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Covington where she served on numerous committees. A graduate of Brenau College in Gainesville, Mrs. Walsh was a lifelong educator and taught school in Gainesville; Allegheny County, Va.; and Newton County where she was elected to the Newton County Board of Education for two terms and served as chairman during her last ...

November 26, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Marie Ellison Robbins Tarver

Mrs. Marie Ellison Robbins Tarver died Nov. 6 in Covington. The daughter of Florence and Anderson Ellison, she was born in 1913 in Pike County, Ala. Mrs. Ellison lived in Midway, ala., for most of her live. She was a respected member of the local community and an active member of the Home and Aid Society. She was first married to Col. Davis Robbins, and they had five children. After his death, she married Andrew Tarver. In the 66 years of their marriage, they raised eight children, farmed and owned a local convenience store. Mrs. Tarver was an active member ...

November 26, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


James F. “Ted” Neely Sr.

Mr. James F. "Ted" Neely Sr., 85, a lifelong resident of Covington, died Nov. 11. The son of the late Fred G. and Bamie Dobbs Neely, he was born in 1923 in Dooley County. He proudly served our country in the United States Army during World War II, serving under General Patton. He was a self-employed farmer and had been a member of Shiloh Methodist Church since the 1930s. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary C. Neely and son Allen Neely.

Surviving are daughter and son-in-law Sandra and Tony Bowden of Covington; son and daughter-in-law Freddy ...

November 24, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


James A. “Jimmy” Pennington

Mr. James A. "Jimmy" Pennington, 69, of Covington, died Nov. 11. The son of the late James Anderson Pennington and Mary Guest Pennington, he was born in 1939 in Fulton County. He worked for the Jasper County Maintenance Department. Mr. Pennington was a member of Zion Baptist Church and enjoyed working on his farm, fishing and hunting.

Surviving are brothers Graham Pennington of Covington, Howard Pennington of Conyers; sister Rose Mary Stephenson of Conyers; several nieces and nephews.

November 24, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


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