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Willie Mae Barr Greenwood

Willie Mae Barr Greenwood 91, of Mansfield passed away April 22, 2015 at The Retreat in Monticello. She was born in Monticello, Ga to the late Johnnie and Mammie E. Barr. Willie Mae was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years Adolph Greenwood, and several brothers and sisters.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Michael Eugene Luna

Mr. Michael Eugene Luna, 49 of Social Circle, went to be with his heavenly Father April 17, 2015 at Newton Medical Center. Michael was born in Birmingham, Alabama on November 22, 1965. He is preceded in death by his grandparent's Posey Luna and C.L. and Julie Mullenix and brother Timothy Luna.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Hazel Haggard Cordell

Hazel Haggard Cordell, of Covington, passed away April 19, 2015, at the age of 89. Born to Charles and Willie Mae (Parks) Haggard, Hazel attended school in Porterdale. She lived next door to the school and could run home at recess time to get fresh baked sweet potatoes, one for the teacher and one for herself. This was a happy time for her. An employee of Scientific Atlanta, she wired the first printed circuit board ever to be wired in Atlanta. She was preceded in death by her children, John Robert Russell and Jackquelyn Ann Russell.

April 20, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mary Will Jolly Carmichael

Mrs. Mary Will Jolly Carmichael, age 94, of Rome, died at a local hospital Sunday April 12, 2015.

April 13, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sara Stubbs

Ms. Sara B. Stubbs passed away on April 9, 2015. She was born in Newton County on June 16, 1927. She was a lifelong resident of Covington.

April 13, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Melinda Ford

Melinda Ford of Covington died April 8, 205 of cancer.

April 10, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sara B. Stubbs

Ms. Sara B. Stubbs passed away on April 9, 2015. She was born in Newton County on June 16, 1927. She was a lifelong resident of Covington.

April 10, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jimmy Kirk

Jimmy Wayne Kirk, age 70, of Social Circle, died on March 23, 2015. He was born in Walton County on February 17, 1945 to the late Mary Lizzie Drake Kirk and the late Johnny E. Kirk. Surviving are: wife, Susan Kirk of Social Circle; daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda and Tim Bell of

April 08, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


John Howard Johnson

John Howard Johnson, of Covington, passed away April 5, 2015, at the age of 73. After working for the State of Georgia as an accountant, Mr. Johnson started his own business providing tax preparation and financial services across Metropolitan Atlanta for 17 years until his retirement. He was a private pilot and enjoyed fishing, playing golf and watching NASCAR. An upstanding citizen in the community, he was a member of the Gideons in Newton County, serving as treasurer for many years, and was a charter member of East Newton Baptist Church. In addition, he proudly served his country in the ...

April 06, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Mitchell Wright

Mitchell Reed Wright died Tuesday, March 31 at age 91, after a year's stay at Benton House in Covington. He passed away peacefully in his sleep. Mr. Wright was the son of the late Dr. William Cosby Wright and Sarah Louise Camp Wright, both long-time residents of Covington. He is survived by cousins, Charles Maxwell of Anthem, AZ, Margie Maxwell Swift of Selma, AL, and Diane Maxwell Richardson of Birmingham, AL. During World War II, Mitchell participated in the D-Day Invasion. After the war he lived in Paris, France for most of his adult life, where he was a ...

April 05, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


James “J.B.” Norman

James "J.B" Norman of Covington, passed away April 3, 2015, at the age of 72. Mr. Norman owned and operated Norman Printing Company for 32 years. A member of Eastridge Community Church, J.B. enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding and working on motorcycles. Additionally, he liked going to auctions and yard sales. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Lois Mask Norman.

April 04, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Melvin Evans “Jack” Williams

Melvin Evans "Jack" Williams, 78 of Oxford, passed away peacefully at home Thursday April 2, 2015. Jack was born in Oxford, Georgia to the late Melvin and Mildred Williams. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Dodd.

April 03, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Dolores N. Biddy Rutland

Mrs. Dolores N. Biddy Rutland, age 71, of Covington passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015. She was born November 5, 1943, in Gainesville, Georgia to the late Thomas and Myrtie Nix. Dolores was a faithful daughter of our Heavenly Father. She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Covington. She always connected with a local church wherever she lived. Dolores had a beautiful alto voice and loved singing praises to God. She loved God's Word and shared it with others through neighborhood Bible studies, Sunday school classes, and wherever she had opportunity to witness about His love ...

April 03, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Rachel Young Daniel

Rachel Young Vansant Daniel, 104, of Covington, passed away April 1, 2015. Mrs. Daniel was born in Douglasville, and was 1929 graduate of Metter High School. Following graduation, she had several jobs, in Atlanta, as the nation recovered from the depression. In 1939, she joined Liberty Mutual where she worked as a claims adjustor and later a Fleet Manager for their leased vehicles. She and her first husband, Ralph Linch, were married only nine years before he was killed, in action, on Omaha Beach during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. She later married Alton Daniel, in 1948, and together they ...

April 03, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Patt Smith

Patt Smith of Covington, passed away April 1, 2015, at the age of 82. Mrs. Smith graduated from Sparks Memorial Hospital in Ft. Smith, AR with her registered nursing degree. She was also affiliated with Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Mrs. Smith retired from Weyerhaeuser where she was an Eastern U.S. in-service manager. She was of the Baptist faith, enjoyed spending time with family, reading, camping and fishing. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Smith; parents, Fred and Gladys Walters; her sisters, Betty and Colene.

April 03, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Henry James "Jimmy" Wright III

Mr. Henry James "Jimmy" Wright III, Coach Wright, died Jan. 27. The only son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry James (Zenobia Strong) Wright Sr., Mr. Wright, along with his three sisters, was raised and educated in Newton County. He graduated from R.L. Cousins High School in 1957 and attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta, graduating in 1961. He then served in the U.S. Army. After receiving an honorable discharge, he continued his education, receiving a master's degree from Georgia State University. He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. A very hard worker, Mr ...

February 01, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Robert H. Wilson

Robert H. Wilson of Oxford, passed away February 1, 2011, at the age of 64. He attended The Church at Covington, and worked for Kraft Foods for 20 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching John Wayne movies, and he loved Nascar. Mr. Wilson loved all children, and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer Dean and Katherine (Kirkpatrick) Wilson.

February 01, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Wilbur Scottie Byrd

Wilbur Scottie Byrd of Covington, passed away January 31, 2011, at the age of 58. He attended Almon Baptist Church, and worked for Lithonia Lighting, as a truck driver, for 19 years. He loved spending time in Montana, enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Byrd was a loving and devoted father, pawpaw, son, brother, and friend to many. He was preceded in death by his father, Wilbur Byrd.

February 01, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


DeEsta Margaret Coker

DeEsta Margaret Coker, age 88, died January 30, 2011, at her home in Oxford. Born to the late James Elden and DeEsta Margaret McFarland, Mrs. Coker enjoyed gardening, the outdoors and nature, particularly the ocean and birds. She will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Mrs. Coker is preceded in death by her husband, Donald George Coker, and brother, John McFarland.

January 31, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Rachael Payne

Mrs. Rachael B. Payne of Covington passed away January 29, 2011 at the age of 82. She was born in Jackson, GA to James W. and Mary (King) Baugh and was the widow of Ardell Junior Payne and grew up in the Covington Mill area. She enjoyed traveling and camping with her husband, especially the camping trip they took to Alaska. Rachael was a lifetime member of The Gospel Tabernacle and Christ Cornerstone Church, and served as the Ladies Auxiliary Leader for the Gospel Tabernacle. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

January 30, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Barbara Padgett Davis

Barbara Padgett Davis, age 80, of Monticello, passed away Jan. 21 at her residence. The daughter of the late Hubert Lee Padgett and Virginia Gibson Padgett, she was born in Millen in 1930. She married Charles Henry Davis in 1951 in the Padgett's home. They had four children and she began her work career as a school teacher for Savannah Christian School. Later she and Charles owned and operated the Davis Moving and Storage Company. The family moved to Charleston, S.C., in 1969 where she worked for Bud Berma Imports with her husband. In 1974 they moved to ...

January 27, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Nancy Jo Clark

Mrs. Nancy Jo Clark of Covington , GA died Tuesday January 25, 2011 at Rockdale Medical Center. She was born on November 26, 1937 in Modesto, IL to the late Roy and Fern Newberry. Mrs. Clark was a loving wife, mother and "Nana" to her family and was a member of Central Church of Christ in Covington. She worked for many years at various jobs including a telephone operator and a teacher at The Ginger Bread House. Mrs. Clark retired in 1994 and enjoyed many years being active in her church and enjoyed playing bridge.

January 26, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Margaret Skelton

Miss Margaret Skelton of Conyers passed away at Rockdale Medical Center on January 24, 2011 at the age of 82. Margaret was born in Covington to D. C. "Bill" and Dolly (Ramey) Skelton and was employed by Covington Mill and Bibb Manufacturing for many years. Margaret was known as "caretaker" by her family members as she raised her siblings after the passing of her mother, and was also known as grandmother by her nieces and nephews. She was known as "Squiney" which evolved into "Nenny" and was everyone's angel. Her specialty was making biscuits for her family and friends ...

January 25, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Tommy Granger

Tommy Granger of Covington, passed away January 22, 2011, at the age of 95. Mr. Granger, a recipient of the Legion of Merit Award, was a World War II veteran, having served in the European Theatre. He was a member of North Covington United Methodist Church. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, eating catfish, and working with his two brothers at Granger Brother's Garage. Mr. Granger was a loving and devoted husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He was preceded in death by his wife, Madge (Potts) Granger; and his parents, Steven Nathan and Olivia (Roseberry) Granger; 5 brothers and ...

January 23, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Anthony A. Hinds

Mr. Anthony A. Hinds died Jan. 19 at Newton Medical Center. He was born in 1941 in St. James, Barbados and had been a resident of Covington for seven years, relocating from New York.

January 22, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Billy E. Hester

Mr. Billy E. Hester, 84 of Covington passed away January 19, 2011 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. Billy was born in Walton County to the late Junie and Louise Malcolm Hester. He owned and operated several businesses in Covington including Hester's Pool Room and Hester's Package Store. He loved fishing and baseball, especially the Atlanta Braves. He was also a member of First Presbyterian Church of Covington and a United States Army Veteran. Billy is predeceased by his children Rodney Hester, Marlene Hester and Billy Hester, Jr., his brothers Harry Hester, Jimmy Hester and Sammy Hester and ...

January 21, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Edward Berry deRastick Hanson

The Rev. Edward Berry deRastrick Hanson, Episcopal priest of the Atlanta Diocese, died Jan. 19 after a courageous struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. Father Hanson attended the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, graduated from Georgia State University and received a Master of Divinity from The University of the South. His parishes included St. Michael and All Angels, St. Matthews and the Church of the Good Shepherd.

January 20, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jackie Simmons

Jackie Simmons of Covington, passed away January 18, 2011, at the age of 54. Mr. Simmons enjoyed hunting and fishing; and loved attending gospel singings. Most important to him was his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Carlton and Martha Elizabeth (Johnson) Simmons; brother, David Simmons; and nephew, Shane Simmons.

January 20, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Lester “Fit” Smith

Mr. Lester "Fit" Smith died Jan. 12. The son of the late Nora Smith, he was born in 1928 in Covington. He was raised with his two brothers, Walter and Clyde, both of whom preceded him in death. Mr. Smith was affectionately known as "Fit," He graduated from Washington Street School in 1946. Afterwards he enlisted in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged. He returned to Georgia and attended Morris Brown College. After graduation and married the lovely Ruth Bailey. They were married for 56 years until her death in 2008. For eight years, Lester dedicated himself to ...

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Beverly Jean Reid Nolley

Mrs. Beverly Jean Reid Nolley died Jan. 8. The first child of five children and daughter of Mr. Robert Reid and the late Mrs. Elsia Reid, she was born in 1960 in Covington. She attended Newton County public schools and the family church Little Bethel Baptist Church. An excellent cook, Mrs. Nolley was a valued employee at Jim Stalvey's Restaurant for over 20 years. During her spare time she enjoyed writing poetry. Mrs. Nolley was very out-going and warm-hearted with a loving and caring spirit. She loved being around people, especially children, and was loved by them in return ...

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


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