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H. Leon Savage

H. Leon Savage, 83, of Covington, died March 23, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Anne McDonald Savage; his daughter Tammy ...

March 24, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Dr. Johnny M. Curry

Funeral services for Dr. Johnny Melvin Curry, Sr., 84, of Cookeville, Tennessee, will be held Saturday, March 25 at 11 a.m. in the Cookeville ...

March 24, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Charles Weekes Glass

Charles Weekes Glass, 91, died Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in Tifton. He was born Nov. 2, 1925 in Decatur and lived most of his life ...

March 23, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


David M. (Butler) Butler

David M. (Butler) Butler, of Covington, passed away March 21, 2017, at the age of 65. David was a 1970 graduate of Clarkson High School ...

March 23, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Gloria Jean Mock

Gloria Jean Mock arrived in her heavenly home on March 11, 2017. Known by Jean, she was born in Atlanta at Crawford Long on Oct ...

March 17, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Carolyn Beth Thacker Lunsford

Carolyn Beth Thacker Lunsford, of McDonough, passed away March 17, 2017, at the age of 73. Even though Mrs. Lunsford was unable to attend church ...

March 17, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Lamar Callaway

Lamar Callaway, lifelong resident of Newton County, passed away March 3, 2017 at the age of 98. A World War II veteran, he proudly served ...

March 16, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Evelyn LaPointe

Evelyn LaPointe, of Covington, passed away March 14, 2017, at 83 years of age. Hobbies that Mrs. LaPointe enjoyed included stained glass, painting, needlework and ...

March 15, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Joy Pauline Faulk Knight

Joy Pauline Faulk Knight, age 90, of Covington, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Riverside Healthcare in Covington.

March 15, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Francine (Garner) Smallwood

Francine (Garner) Smallwood, of Porterdale, passed away March 13, 2017, at Piedmont Newton Hosptial. Mrs. Smallwood was born August 30, 1938, in Henry County. She ...

March 14, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Charles (Ron) Dial

Charles (Ron) Dial, of Covington, passed away March 9, 2017, at the age of 63. Ron was a proud veteran of the United States Navy ...

March 10, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Frank Milo Thornton

Frank Milo Thornton, of Oxford, passed away Feb. 15, 2017 at the age of 55. He is survived by his wife Ginger Thornton of 33 ...

March 10, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Dorothy W. Parker

Dorothy W. Parker, of Covington, passed away March 8, 2017, at the age of 87. Mrs. Parker attended Bessie Tift College, Asbury College and the ...

March 09, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Ralph Talmadge Jones

Ralph Talmadge Jones of Covington, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the age of 83. Mr. Jones retired as a Tech Sgt. from the ...

March 02, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Jon Trevor Townley

Jon Trevor Townley, of Covington, passed away Feb. 28, 2017, at the age of 24. Trevor, a beloved son, was a member of Solid Rock ...

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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Willie Mae Ellington

Mrs. Willie Mae Ellington, age 87, of Oxford passed away Monday, January 2, 2017. She was born in Porterdale, Georgia on February 10, 1929 to Grover and Reba Garner who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Ellington was a member of Salem Baptist Church. She enjoyed having a garden, working in her yard and spending time with family. Mrs. Ellington worked as a Certified Nurse Aide for many years at Westbury Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Felton Albert Ellington, her son, Bill Ellington and her grandson, Chris Shannon.

January 03, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


John William Kinard, Jr

Mr. John William Kinard, Jr, age 87, of Mansfield passed away January 1, 2017. He was born May 19, 1929 in Jasper County to John W. and Mary Speer Kinard who have preceded him in death. Mr. Kinard was a proud veteran who served his country in the United States Army. He attended Pitts Chapel Church when it was active with his wife Annie Margaret Kinard. Mr. Kinard worked for Mayflower Van Lines and United Van Lines before retiring; he worked as a dispatcher and in claims. He was a Master Mason with more than 40 years as a Mason ...

January 03, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Mary Claude Webb

Mary Claude Webb, age 88, of Covington passed away Monday, December 27, 2016. She was born September 28, 1928 in Hillsboro, GA to C.G. and Euel Henderson who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Webb was a longtime member of Newborn United Methodist Church and currently a member of Covington First United Methodist Church. She was a loving, caring mother who was devoted to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mrs. Webb was preceded in death by her sister, Sara Frances Henderson Tucker.

December 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Barbara Mizell Davis Morgan

Barbara Mizell Davis Morgan, 98, passed from this life on December 23, 2016. Her husband, Jack Hays Morgan Sr., and son, Davis Carter Morgan, preceded her in death. She is survived by seven children, 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

December 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Susie Myrtle Dimsdale Henderson

Susie Myrtle Dimsdale Henderson of Oxford, passed away December 21, 2016, at the age of 96. Mrs. Henderson loved to sing, whether in church or with her family. For many years she and her family shared their vocal talents every Sunday on WGFS. Being the eldest of nine, she helped raise her younger siblings. Mrs. Henderson was known for cooking and spending time with her family. She also enjoyed working with her flowers. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jesse Dimsdale; second husband, C.F. Henderson; daughter, Elaine Hinton Heatherly; grandson, Bobby Speight; granddaughter, Cynde Hinton; parents ...

December 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


James ‘Jim’ Carl Davies

James (Jim) Carl Davies, 83, of Mansfield, passed away peacefully December 18, 2016. In his early years James served in the Navy during the Korean War. Later he attended and received degrees from several universities, including Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and the Atlanta Law School. His last career was IT Director for Newton County Tax Commissioner's office. After his retirement James served as bailiff for the Jasper County court system. He had a zest for life and loved spending time in his camper in the mountains of North Georgia, fishing on the flats in Florida, and ...

December 20, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


William ‘Bill’ Sullivan

Mr. William (Bill) Sullivan, 91, of Covington, passed away December 18, 2016. A WWII veteran of the United States Navy, Mr. Sullivan served as Radarman, Third Class, from 1943 – 1945. During his military career, he served on the USS Sheridan, the USS Wren, and the USS Custer. Sullivan was a lifelong resident of Covington, and a member of Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church in Porterdale. He loved the beach, especially taking long walks on Ormand Beach in Florida. In addition to being an avid Braves fan, Sullivan enjoyed reading the newspaper, in its entirety, every day. A devoted husband ...

December 19, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Ann May

Ann M. May, 87, of Covington, passed away December 17, 2016. May was an honors graduate of Porterdale High School. She went on to attend Tift College in Forsyth. May worked for 10 years with Harper & Row Publishers, school department, in Atlanta. During her tenure with Harper & Rowe, she was responsible for organizing its first office. May also authored the manual for the southeastern personnel of Harper & Rowe, inclusive of the eight states covered by the company. Due to her husband's job relocation, she moved to the Washington, DC, where she worked as an administrative assistant for the trust ...

December 19, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Bobby Smith, Jr.

Bobby Smith, Jr., 65, of Covington, passed away December 13, 2016. In 1967, at the age of 17, Smith began his working career with Mobil. He went on to work at Valspar, starting as a lab technician and working his way up to plant manager - serving in that capacity for more than 20 years. Smith attended church at the Church of Covington and Christ Cornerstone Church. During his time at the Church of Covington, he sang in the choir, served as a care pastor, and was also an elder for several years. He was a devoted family man and loved ...

December 14, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Laura Bordenkecher

Laura Bordenkecher, 63, of Covington, passed away December 13, 2016. Bordenkecher cherished spending time at home with her family, and her dog, Maris. She was preceded in death by her mother, Martha Denard; father, Robert Lennett.

December 14, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Robert ‘Bob’ Samples

Robert E. "Bob" Samples of Covington, passed away December 12, 2016, at 84-years of age. Mr. Samples served three years in the U.S. Navy as a Corpsman at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Charleston, SC, during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Georgia State University as well as attending banking school as LSU. Samples retired from Rockbridge Memorial Branch of Sun Trust Bank after 38 years of service. A member of First Baptist Church in Covington since 1973, he enjoyed golfing with the Georgia Seniors Golfing Association and was an avid deer hunter for more than ...

December 13, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Thomas McElreath

Thomas McElreath, 80, of Rutledge, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016. McElreath enjoyed collecting antiques and loved going to the mountains. He was married for 32 years to Carole McEreath. He was preceded in death by his son Jeff McElreath; parents, Leroy and Talulah McElreath; brothers, Lewis McElreath, Billy McElreath; sister Nell Durand.

December 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Mrs. Lee Shirley

Mrs. Lee Shirley, 91, of Covington, passed away December 5, 2016. She was born June 18, 1925, to the late Luther and Mae Carney. Shirley was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. Shirley was a homemaker and loved having company; she also loved telling people what to do and depending on how well you did a particular job is how she ranked you when delegating duties. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Lamar Shirley and is survived by her children Sandra McClure of Covington, Kenny Seabolt and Brenda of Rutledge and Gaye Durand and Randy ...

December 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Johnny Hammond “Santa Johnny”

Johnny Hammond, of Mansfield, affectionately known as "Santa Johnny," passed away November 27, 2016, at 74 years of age. After retiring from AT&T, he found his true life calling when he became Santa Johnny. He brought joy to thousands of children who sat on his lap and whispered their Christmas wish lists in his ear. He would tell them to mind their parents, brush their teeth, and say their prayers. Santa Johnny carried in his heart the true meaning of Christmas. Unfortunately Parkinson's disease ended his Santa career. He was loved deeply and will be missed by all ...

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


James ‘Bill’ Clay

Loving father and grandfather, James "Bill" Clay, 73, of Covington, passed away November 26, 2016. Clay was born in Decatur to the late James and Eulalia Clay. Bill Clay served in the U.S. Air Force, worked for the Covington News, and later retired from the Atlanta Journal and Constitution after many years of dedicated service. He was preceded in death by his great-grandson Liam Cline. Bill Clay is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Viki Clay, of Covington; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Mike Swart of Covington, daughter, Treena Baker and fiance Brian Taylor of Atlanta; son ...

November 28, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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