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Dr. Courtney Manning

Dr. Courtney Manning, age 45, of Covington, passed away June 30, 2014. He was born March 30, 1969 in May Pen, Clarendon, Jamaica to Victor Manning (deceased) and Aneita Cameron. At the age of five, he moved with his family to St. Catherine where they lived at his grandmother's house. While living there, he attended basic school in Reynolds and primary school at Point Hill. At the age of 10, he passed the Common Entrance exam to attend high school, and at the age of 18, he entered the Jamaican Constabulary Force. During this age, he also attended the ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Abraham Thomas “Abe” Hopkins

Abe Hopkins, age 6, of Covington passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. He was born February 14, 2008 in Covington to Mike and Kelli Kirkley Hopkins. Abe was a remarkable young man whose smile and laughter were contagious. Born on Valentine's Day he was full of love, affectionately described as a "mommie's boy" he loved watching Hallmark movies and being with his loving mother, father, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Abe shined for Jesus every day and touched more people than could ever be known. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents J.T. and ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Josie Faye (Embry) McLaney

Josie Faye (Embry) McLaney, affectionately known as "Jo," passed away July 28, 2014, at the age of 81. She was born in Rockmart, Georgia, to the late Noel and Rena (Davis) Embry. Jo was a graduate of Cedartown High School, in Cedartown, Georgia. In 1951, she married Milton (Coach Mac) McLaney, and together they moved to Monticello, where he started his coaching career and she found her interest in floral arrangements. They moved to Newton County in 1956, where she became active and served as president of the Covington Garden Club. Jo worked part-time for several years for Abre Sherwood ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Abraham Thomas "Abe" Hopkins

Abe Hopkins, age 6, of Covington passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. He was born February 14, 2008 in Covington to Mike and Kelli Kirkley Hopkins. Abe was a remarkable young man whose smile and laughter were contagious. Born on Valentine's Day he was full of love, affectionately described as a "mommie's boy" he loved watching Hallmark movies and being with his loving mother, father, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Abe shined for Jesus every day and touched more people than could ever be known. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents J.T. and ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mother Darlene Strong

Mother Darlene Strong was born December 9, 1924 to the parentage of the late Mr. & Mrs. George (Cora) Stephens in Athens, Georgia.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mother Darlene Strong

Celebration of Life

July 25, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Thomas Busbee

Thomas Busbee, age 85 of Mansfield, passed away July 22, 2014. Mr. Busbee was a veteran of the United States Army. He attended Eastridge Community Church, was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and enjoyed fishing. Mr. Busbee was a wonderful husband and a good father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman James and Carrie Louberta (Middlebrook) Busbee.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Max G. Kilgore

Max G. Kilgore of Covington, Georgia, born April 17, 1919, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on July 19, 2014, at the age of 95. He was born in Palmersville, Tennessee, to John and Charlie Bostic Kilgore who preceded him in death along with his six siblings, Ned, Ralph (Doc), Mary, Dorothy, Annabelle and Sue. Max went to school in Palmersville, Tennessee, until joining a CCC Camp where he worked and completed his final year of high school in Powell, Tennessee. Max was a graduate of the University of Tennessee; and retired as Lieutenant Colonel after ...

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Robert Lonnie Johnston

Mr. Robert Lonnie Johnston age 69 of Conyers died July 4, 2014. A Celebration Service will be held at noon Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Calvary Baptist in Lilburn. Pastor Rev. Cavin Cawthon officiating.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Mae Hardman

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

July 19, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen | OBITS


Mrs. Jayne Satterfield

Wheeler Funeral Home

July 19, 2014 | | OBITS


Mae Hardman

Mae Hardman, of Rabun Gap, formerly of Porterdale, Georgia, passed away July 15, 2014. Mae was born November 26, 1925, to Carrie Mae (Lunsford) and William Grady Hardman. She had lived in Rabun County since 1971, where she taught at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School until her retirement. Prior to teaching, Mae was a social worker for Bibb Manufacturing Company for 27 years. She was very active in both of her communities, which she dearly loved. Mae served in many civic organizations and held positions over the years in both the Porterdale Presbyterian Church and the Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church. Mae dedicated ...

July 18, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. A.L. Crane

A.L. Crane of Covington, passed away July 16, 2014 at Newton Medical Center. He was 78 years of age at the time of his death. A.L. loved people and never met a stranger. He was always willing to go the extra mile to help anyone who needed him. He will be remembered as a man who loved his family. A.L. was preceded in death by his son, Wade Crane; parents, Alvin M. and Gladys (Segars) Crane; and his former spouse, Joann Covington.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Mark Jeffries

Mark Jeffries, age 41 of Covington, passed away July 15, 2014. Mark was a true Believer who loved the Lord Jesus with all of his heart. He was an accomplished bass fisherman and loved to hunt. He had a great sense of humor, and was a talented cook, guitarist and singer. Mark enjoyed spoiling his nieces and nephews, and he cherished his time with Mary McCullough, the person closest to his heart. He was loved and will be missed by his family and friends. Mark was preceded in death by his father, William Dee "Junior" Jeffries.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Martha Ann Mahan

Martha Ann Mahan of Social Circle passed away July 16, 2014, at the age of 81. A very dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church of Covington and the Christian Fellowship Sunday School Class, she was also a member and past president of the Callie Cohen Circle of the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Mahan enjoyed traveling and will be remembered for her wonderful cooking.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Imogene Boyd Brand

Imogene Boyd Brand of Oxford, died September 13, 2010, at Abbey Hospice at the age of 72. She loved dancing, flowers, playing cards, cookouts, and the television show Bonanza. A retired fork lift operator for Mobil Chemical, she enjoyed spending time with her family. Ms. Brand was preceded in death by her parents, Vershaw and Evelyn Waldrop Boyd; a daughter, Brenda Brand; grandson, Michael Shane Davis; great-granddaughter, Miah Crown; great-grandson, Raymond Nunn III; sisters, Geneva Gable and Shirley Clive; brothers, Otis Boyd and Jerry Boyd. Ms. Brand is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Debra and Mario Liveoak of Conyers ...

September 14, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Irene Burnett

September 14, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Lucile E. Logan

Mrs. Lucile Elizabeth Barnes Logan of Conyers, GA died Saturday, September 11, 2010 at her residence. Born on August 1, 1919 in Boulder Colorado, she was the daughter of the late Alton W. and Hazel G. Barnes. She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church and was living at Remington House where she enjoyed tour trips and other affairs. Mrs. Logan was married to John "Jack" A. Logan Sr. who preceded her in death. She is survived by her son J. Arthur Logan Jr. of Loganville, GA; grandchildren Melissa Goray of Green Cove Springs, FL, Dana Dixon of Carrolton ...

September 13, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


John Upshaw Downs

John Upshaw Downs

September 10, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Bonnie E. Bierley Walberg

Bonnie E. Bierley Walberg, 67, of Mansfield, departed this life for her final resting place with the Lord Sept. 8 surrounded by her family. The daughter of the late Eugene Mitchell Bierley and Marguerita Bashaw Littleton, she was born in Detroit, Mich., in 1942. She graduated in 1960 from North Miami High School and lived in Fort Lauderdale for over 25 years before moving to Monticello in 1982. She was a member of the St. Augustine Catholic Church in Covington. Before retirement, she was a premastering engineer with Denon Digitalized Inc. for 17 years. Mrs. Walberg was a loving and ...

September 09, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Scotty May

Scotty Thomas May, Sr. age 57 of Monticello, GA died Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at his residence. He was born on January 9, 1953 in Frankfort, KY to Herman Lee and Pauline Gray Craig May Sr. He loved to hunt and fish, coaching and playing sports, building show cars, watching Kentucky Wildcats basketball and NASCAR. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Mr. May is survived by his wife: Mary Ann May; daughter and son-in-law: Jennifer and Margarito Rodriguez of Georgetown, KY; daughter: Stephany May of Newborn, GA; daughter and son-in-law: Christy and Lonnie Nichols of Mansfield ...

September 09, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Frank Williams

Mr. Frank Williams died Sept. 1. The son of the late Adam and Mae Williams, he was born in 1946 in Walton County, one of 14 children. He was preceded in death by siblings Adam Williams, Andrew Williams, Mary Louis, Josephine Callahan, Cora Green and Isabelle Williams. Mr. Williams grew up in Newton County, attending the public schools. He joined Early Hope Baptist Church at an early age and sang in the choir. A very hard worker, Mr. Williams worked for Weyerhaeuser in Lithonia for over 30 years, retiring in 2003. Mr. Williams always made himself available to others whenever ...

September 07, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Alex Cleveland "A.C." Tuggle

Mr. Alex Cleveland "A.C." Tuggle died Sept. 2. Mr. Tuggle was born in 1941, the son of Mrs. Charsie Mae Tuggle and Mr. Joe Velton Tuggle Sr. in Newton County, the second of four children. He joined Bethlehem Baptist Church at an early age and served faithfully during his youth. He sang in the church youth choir, attended Sunday School and participated in the church's youth group. Mr. Tuggle was a graduate of R.L. Cousins High School and was a member of the basketball team and school chorus. He married Evelyn Dewberry. He was preceded in death ...

September 07, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Johnny Brown Reid

Mr. Johnny Brown Reid died Aug. 28. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Major (Leola Delaney) Reid, he was born in Putnam County, one of six children. He was preceded in death by siblings Robert, Earnest "Hump," Eddie and Rever Mae. Mr. Reid grew up in Putnam County. His family moved to Social Circle when he was young, and there he joined Graves Chapel A.M.E. Church. He became an active member serving as a trustee and as a member of the male chorus. He was married to Martha Mae Moses Reid who, after 27 years of ...

September 07, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Camille Durden McWilliams

Camille Durden McWilliams died Sept. 1. She was born in 1944 in Covington, the daughter of the late Elder Nehemiah and Eula Durden. Early in life she joined Bethlehem Baptist Church where she was an active member until her death. Mrs. McWilliams was a graduate of Washington Street School and R.L. Cousins High School. She held a Bachelor of Arts from Spelman College, a Master of Arts from Atlanta University and a Specialist in Education from Georgia State University. She taught science in Hillsborough County, Fla., and in Newton County. She was an assistant principal at Sharp Middle School ...

September 07, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


John Christopher Dillard

John Christopher Dillard, 57, of Monticello, died Aug. 31 at Jasper Memorial Hospital. Mr. Dillard was born in Stone Mountain. His parents were the late John Samuel Dillard and Melva Driver Dillard. He lived in Gwinnett County for a number of years before moving to the Jackson Lake area three years ago. He was a bus driver for Newton County Transportation. Prior to his job as a bus driver, John was a builder for 37 years for Almont Homes in Gwinnett County. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding his Harley, wood carving and living on the lake.

September 07, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Paul L. Draeger

Mr. Paul L. Draeger, 59 of Social Circle passed away Thursday September 2, 2010 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. Mr. Draeger was preceeded in death by his mother Joyce Draeger and his father in law Larry Beier. He is survived by his wife Cindy Draeger, his father Paul C. Draeger of Woodruff, WI., his son Brandon Draeger of Newberry, SC., daughter and son in law Jessica Draeger and Tony Chapman II, also of Newberry, SC., his mother in law Mildred Beier of Social Circle, sister in law and brother in law Carol and Danny Potter of Oxford and special ...

September 02, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ruth Evelyn Barrett Wiggins

Ruth E. Wiggins, 87, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on August 28. Mrs. Wiggins, the daughter of the late Chester and Ethel Holcomb Capell of Porterdale, was born in Arabi in 1923. She was preceded in death by husbands Robert Eugene Barrett Sr. and Sultan Wiggins, her son Robert Eugene Barrett Jr. and sisters Lucy Savage and Lillian Willis. She always had a loving and warm personality which she balanced with a firm and gentle honesty. With the support of her first husband, Gene, she completed her GED and went on to graduate from Crandall ...

August 31, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ted W. Chancey

August 28, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Carrie Jean Duncan-Skerrett

Carrie Jean Duncan-Skerrett, 55, wife of Phillip V. Skerrett Jr., passed on Aug. 20.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 29 at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist church, 3465 Old Selma Road, Montgomery, Ala., with the Rev. William Bradford officiating. A repast will be at the church after services. Interment will be at Kindle Cemetery, Ashley Road, Montgomery.

August 26, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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