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Major Claude Robert Phillips, Jr.

Major Claude Robert Phillips, Jr., born in Social Circle on March 30, 1918, passed away April 2, 2014. He was a devoted husband and father, married 68 years to Jean Cochran Phillips. He and Jean raised a large and happy family. Claude graduated from Oxford College of Emory University and later graduated with JD from Atlanta Law School. As a member of the "greatest generation" he joined the Army and served during WWII. Claude continued his Army career for twenty one years while serving in Germany, Korea and stateside.

April 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Deborah Corley

Deborah Corley Taylor, of Covington, passed away April 14, 2014, at the age of 56. She enjoyed attending her sons' sporting events and reading, but most of all she loved spending time with her adored grandchildren. She was a devoted employee of Gene Hyde Trucking for many years.

April 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Charlyne Varner

Charlyne Aaron Varner, age 87, died April 13, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle, Georgia. She was predeceased by her husband Roy Varner and by her parents Rabun and Ellie May Aaron. She was married to Roy for 66 years. She played the role of devoted helpmate to him as he served 16 years as chairman of Newton County Board of Commissioners. Her personality was to avoid the limelight so politics were a challenge for her. Nevertheless, she took care of all the details which led to Roy's success. She was devoted to her family. She made sacrifices ...

April 14, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Terry Michael Rowe

Terry Michael Rowe, 72, of Covington passed away on April 11, 2014. He was born in Covington, Georgia on December 9, 1941 to Ray and Rachel (Crawley) Rowe. He was married to the former Barbara Ketchem for 49 years. Mr. Rowe worked at Big Star for 28 years before finishing his career as a store manager at Food Depot. He was a great pal to his grandkids and loved to take them fishing. He was always there to support them at all sporting and school functions. His mother and father, Ray and Rachel (Crawley) Rowe preceded him in death.

April 12, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Bobby Green

Mr. Bobby Green, age 80, a lifelong resident of Covington passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014. He was born April 19, 1933 in Covington to Rush and Ethel Herring Green who have preceded him in death. Mr. Green served his country in the United States Army and was of the Methodist faith. He worked for a number of years for Hercules as a supervisor over the shipping department and owned and operated Bob's Carpet Service for many years. Mr. Green loved horses, fishing, and farming and enjoyed riding in boats. He was a loving caring father, grandfather, great grandfather ...

April 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Helen June McClam

Mrs. Helen June McClam, 82 of Covington, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Abbey Hospice. Mrs. McClam was born on September 26, 1931 in Atlanta, GA to Carter and Dell Hughes. Mrs. McClam is preceded in death by her parents, her son Warren Eugene McClam and close friend Bettye Brown.

April 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Billy Reagin

Billy Reagin of Covington passed away April 10, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. He was 62 years of age at the time of his death. Billy loved to spend time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed riding his Harley, going to motorcycle rallies, and was an avid Georgia fan. In addition, he loved playing softball, being outside, trips to Biloxi, and watching NASCAR. Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Burton and Jane (Sammons) Jackson; and his beloved dogs, Abby and Ellie.

April 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Bobby Green

Mr. Bobby Green, age 80, a lifelong resident of Covington passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014. He was born April 19, 1933 in Covington to Rush and Ethel Herring Green who have preceded him in death. Mr. Green served his country in the United States Army and was of the Methodist faith. He worked for a number of years for Hercules as a supervisor over the shipping department and owned and operated Bob's Carpet Service for many years. Mr. Green loved horses, fishing, and farming and enjoyed riding in boats. He was a loving caring father, grandfather, great grandfather ...

April 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Marion Louise Baughn Harwell

Marion Louise Baughn Harwell, 98, of Covington, GA, passed away April 6, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle, GA. The middle of three sisters born to William Alexander Baughn and Jennie Wilder Steerman Baughn, Marion is survived by her younger sister, Bettemae (Mrs. Taylor S.) Womack, of Auburn, AL. Other survivors include her sons, Nat Harwell (Louise) and Rhee Harwell of Covington; four nieces; three nephews; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nearly two dozen great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and a wide circle of friends.

April 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Henry Drew McRay, Jr.

Henry Drew McRay, Jr. of Covington passed away April 4, 2014 at Landmark Hospital in Athens. He was 79 years of age at the time of his death. Mr. McRay was a retired U.S. Navy veteran with more than 20 years of service. He was a very patriotic and giving person who loved his family dearly, enjoyed going to the ocean, and riding the dirt roads. Mr. McRay attended Gaithers United Methodist for over 20 years, and was currently a member of Christ Cornerstone Church. He was preceded in death by his son, Monty William McRay; parents, Henry Drew ...

April 05, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Edna Turner Barmann

Edna Turner Barmann, 84, of Covington passed away Tuesday April 1, 2014. She was born on April 23, 1929 in Douglasville to Cleveland and Annie Mae Turner. Mrs. Barmann is survived by her loving husband of 52 years Richard Barmann of Covington; daughter Susie (Jeffrey) Blalock of Cartersville; sons Floyd Pate of Covington and Richard (Sharon) Barmann of Covington; sisters Opal Turner, Celia (Jimmy) Turner, Ann (JM) Turner, Helen Turner and Minnie Lee Turner; brothers Herman (Jackie) Turner and Eugene Turner; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents Cleveland and Annie ...

April 03, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Ruby Lee Price

Celebration Of Life

April 03, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Amos Carl Hallford

Amos Carl Hallford, of Oxford, passed away March 30, 2014, at the age of 85. He was born February 2, 1929, in Toccoa, Georgia, to the late George and Arlie Hallford. He was a hard worker having retired from the Keebler Bakery after 20 years of service. He dearly loved his family and enjoyed deep sea fishing and working on cars. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jo Hallford; son, Raymond Carl Hallford; brother, Jeff Hallford.

April 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Charlie Willis, Jr.

Mr. Charlie Willis, Jr., of 4133 Briscoe Street, N.W. Covington, Ga., departed this life Monday, July 22, 2013 in Covington at Newton Medical Center.

April 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Chase Jeffrey Smith

Baby Boy Chase Jeffrey Smith, just 7 weeks old, passed away April 1, 2014. Baby Chase had the prettiest smile, and was loved dearly in his short time on earth. He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Pat Ward; great-grandfather, James Carter; and great-grandfather, J.C. Smith.

April 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Edith A. Baugh

Harwell-Wheeler Funeral Home2157 East StreetCovington, Georgia 30014 Please run in next edition. BAUGH Mrs. Edith A. Baugh, 83 of Oxford died March 2, 2010 at Riverside Healthcare Center. Mrs. Baugh was born in Chicago, Illinois to the late Axel & Anna Christensen Hansen and has lived in the Oxford area for over 50 years. She was a loving mother, stepmother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. She loved gardening, sewing, crocheting, knitting and craft making. Mrs. Baugh was predeceased by her husband James W. Baugh in 1994. She is survived by her daughter and son in law Karen ...

March 02, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mildred Louise Garner Adams

February 27, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Kathryn Edmondson Bloodworth

Kathryn Edmondson Bloodworth, 79, of Social Circle, died on Feb. 19. The daughter of the late Corrie Sullivan and the late Annie Durden Sullivan, she was born in Morgan County in 1930. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Eddie Edmondson and George Bloodworth.

Surviving are daughter and son-in-law Marilyn and Wendell Pitts of Social Circle; son Tony Edmondson of Winder; sisters and brothers-in-law Helen and John Hogan of Social Circle, Joyce and Marlin Knight of Social Circle; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

February 26, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ralph J. Mulkey

Mr. Ralph J. Mulkey, 89 of Covington died February 25, 2010 at Embracing Hospice in Snellville, Georgia. Mr. Mulkey owned and operated Mulkey's Jewelery and Watch Repair located on the square in Covington for many years. He proudly served his country during WWII in the US Army. He was wounded while stationed in France and received the Purple Heart for his injuries. Mr. Mulkey loved to fish. He and his wife Ophelia loved their great nephew and niece Jake and Rachael and loved to take them on fishing trips. He and his wife were long time members of Calvary ...

February 25, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Joe B. Gheesling, Sr.

GHEESLING Joe Bert Gheesling, Sr. of Oxford, GA died Wednesday February 24, 2010 at Merryvale Assisted Living. He was born on January 26, 1929 in Warrenton, GA to Frank and Ruth (Thompson) Gheesling. Mr. Gheelsing was a member of First Baptist Church in Covington. He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law: Joe B. and Vicki Gheesling, Jr., of Gainesville, GA, Bruce and Kim Gheesling of Alpharetta, GA; son-in-law: Greg Jones of Covington, GA; brothers: Billy Gheesling, Al Gheesling, Leonard Gheesling; sister: Cornelia Courtney; grandchildren: Brandi Oliver, Brett Gheesling, Rob Jones, David Jones, Mandi Jones, Corey Gheesling, Megan Gheelsing; great grandchildren ...

February 24, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Marion Carlton "Blunk" Middlebrooks

Mr. Marion Carlton (Blunk) Middlebrooks, Sr. of Covington, GA died Sunday February 21, 2010 at Retreat Nursing Home in Monticello. He was born on May 7, 1919 in Loganville, Ga. to James T. and Althea Rutledge Middlebrooks. He was avid in CB Radio and was known as "Salem Blue Jay", enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was member of Gum Creek Presbyterian Church. Mr. Middlebrooks is survived by his son M.C. "Buster" Middlebrooks, of Oxford, Ga; daughter Althie Chambers of Covington, Ga.; grandchildren Angela and David Holcombe, Jeff Middlebrooks, Wayne Chambers and Susie Morgan, Tim and Libby Chambers; great ...

February 24, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Adam Strong

Mr. Adam Strong died Feb. 18 in Newton County. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Artis (Jessie Smith) Strong, he was born in 1930 in Newton County. Mr. Strong attended Washington Street School and joined St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Covington, at a young age. A hard worker, he was employed by Georgia Highway, retiring in 1993 after over 30 years of dedicated service. In 1986 he married Jessie Evans Jackson and became the proud stepfather of eight children. His wife preceded him in death in 2003. Mr. Strong was a quiet and loving and caring person ...

February 23, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


David Earl Hill

ed Feb. 5. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John L. (Versie Settles) Hill Sr., he was born in 1952 in Memphis, Tenn., the second of eight children. He was preceded in death by sister Phyllis Hill Boyd and special friend Louis Williams. Mr. Hill was raised in Memphis and graduated from Melrose High School. He served in the United States Marine Corps and returned to Memphis to become a certified automobile mechanic. Mr. Hill relocated to Dallas, Texas, in 1987 and Married Robin Hayden in 1987. After moving to Georgia, Mr. Hill was employed by CarMax and ...

February 23, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Joseph Sidney Garner

Joseph Sidney Garner went to be with his Heavenly Father and Jesus, his Savior and Lord, Feb. 19. The son of the late Joseph Maxwell Garner and Catherine Good Garner of Oxford, Miss., he was born in 1925. Mr. Garner served in the church as an elder for many years and served his country in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot and in Research and Development, participating in World War II, Korean Conflict, and Vietnam.

February 23, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Otis Lee Burton

Otis Lee Burton died Feb. 15. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Luther (Early Mae Bird) Burton Sr., he was born in 1958. He was preceded in deaby by brother James Burton and son Luther. Mr. Burton was raised and educated in Benton Harbor, Mich. He was a comical and loving person, always full of life. During his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and watching western movies on television.

February 23, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Bertha Knight Thompson

February 22, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Cleo Autry

AUTRY Mrs. Cleo Autry, age 98 of Oxford, Georgia passed from this life and went to glory to be with her heavenly father Monday night, February 15, 2010. Mrs. Autry was the widow of Charlie H. Autry, the daughter of William Henry and Myrtle Vestal Towns. Mrs. Autry was born in Walton County on August 20, 1911. She was a teacher in the Walton County school system and later retired from McGregor Sporting Goods in Covington where she and her husband lived after their marriage. Mrs. Autry was a faithful member of Mount Paran Primitive Baptist Church, always in attendance ...

February 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Emma Ruth Kelly Kitchens

Emma Ruth Kelly Kitchens, 103, died Feb. 15 at the Washington Extended Care Facility in Sandersville. Mrs. Kitchens was a lifelong resident of Jasper County. Her parents were the late Willie Champion Kelly and Mildred Inis Cook Kelly. She was a member of Prospect United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Eudora Home Demonstration Club, Senior Citizens, and County Line Women's Club. She was an avid gardener and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her son Wentzelle Kitchens, daughter Virginia Weems, grandson Mark Harrison, granddaughter-in-law,Lisa Cunard, and great-grandsons Max Cunard and Owen Cunard. Also, two ...

February 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Malion Christopher

Malion "Smokie" Christopher, 72, passed away Feb. 16. The son of the late Harold and Rebie (Pickens) Christopher, he resided in Covington, (Jackson Lake Area) and was originally from Stone Mountain. He proudly served in the US Army and enjoyed hunting, fishing and anything outside. He was preceded in death by his wife Jeanette Christopher, son Mike Christopher and friend Hilda Holly.

February 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Hal Bryan

BRYAN Mr. Hal Bryan of Covington, GA and Frankfort, KY, died Monday February 15, 2010. He was born on January 21, 1947 in Lexington, KY to the late Edward II and Ollie Pearl Bryan. Mr. Bryan was famed Ecologist who has worked throughout the southeast and extensively in Georgia and Kentucky. Mr. Bryan is survived by his wife, Joyce Bryan of Frankfort, KY; two daughters, Heather Bryan, Monroe, GA and Erin Bryan, Louisville, KY three grandchildren; Jacob, Joey and Julianna Quinn one brother, Sonny Bryan, Kentucky, other family and close friends. Memorial services will be held at 2:00PM on ...

February 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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