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Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques of Oxford, passed away June 29, 2015, at the age of 73. He devoted his life to the ministry of his Lord. Dr. Jacques served as the pastor of Harmony Baptist Church, in Covington, for 27 years, but most recently was a member of Canaan Baptist Church. He led church services once a week, for the residents of Riverside Health Care, Merryvale Assisted Living and The Benton House. He enjoyed spending time in his flower garden, but more than anything, he cherished the time he spent with his family. Preceding him in death were his parents ...

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad, 88, passed away on June 26, 2015, in Wichita, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife Eula Conrad (Palmer Stone Elementary School Teacher). He is survived by children Albert Conrad (Michael) of Wichita, Kansas, Celia Theiler of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Daniel Conrad (Lauree) of Cary, North Carolina.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Donald ‘Don’ Russell Griffin

Donald Russell Griffin "Don", age 82, of Oxford, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015. He was born November 11 1932, in Covington County, Alabama to the late Grover Cleveland and Lera Lorene Powell Griffin, the ninth of 11 children.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Elzie ‘Ed’ Dees

Elzie (Ed) Dees, of Oxford, passed away June 25, 2015, at the age of 85. Ed was born in Douglas. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951-1955 and was a veteran of the Korean War. He retired from Ryder Truck Lines with 44 years of service. Ed and Maxine thoroughly enjoyed spending time and being involved with their church group. Ed was also a proud and dedicated member of the Masonic Lodge for the past 51 years. He was presently a member with Pace Masonic Lodge No. 558.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Cheryl Lynn Harris Monis

Cheryl Lynn Harris Monis, 56 of Loganville, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015 at home. She was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA. to the late Bill Harris and Loretta Jamison Harris. Mrs. Monis has lived in the Loganville, GA. area for over 22 years. In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by her brother Mike Harris.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Gayle F. Jolley

Gayle F. Jolley, of Covington, died peacefully at his home on June 12, 215 at the age of 78.

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Otis Harper

Otis Harper, 78 of Covington, passed away Friday, June 26, 2015 at Abbey Hospice. Mr. Harper was born in Rutledge, Georgia to the late Archie Frank and Annie Knight Harper. Mr. Harper has lived in the Covington area since 1975 and was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church for over 20 years. He proudly served our country for over 20 years in the Air Force during the Vietnam War doing a tour in Thailand. After retiring from the Air Force he served in the Newton County Sheriff's Office for 15 years. Mr. Harper loved the outdoors, collecting knives ...

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


W.R. (Bill) Durden

W.R. (Bill) Durden, 90, of Covington, passed away June 25, 2015. He was born in Walton County, and graduated from Monticello High School, where he was a basketball star. He lived in Covington and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Covington for the past 60 years. He retired from American Mutual Insurance Company, and enjoyed golf, bowling, traveling and spending time with family.

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sam Grant

Mr. Sam E. Grant, 89 of Covington, passed away June 23, 2015 at Riverside Nursing Home. Mr. Grant was born in Porterdale to the late George W. and Mae Tuggle Grant and was a lifelong resident of Newton County. He proudly served his country during WWII and the Korean Conflict serving in the United States Army, Navy and Air Force from 1943 to 1951.

June 25, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Hattie Florence Hardeman

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

June 24, 2015 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Terrell Wingfield

Terrell Wingfield, of Covington, passed away June 19, 2015, at the age of 72. Mr. Wingfield was a member of First Baptist Church of Covington for more than 40 years and recently became active with The Church of the Good Shepherd, serving on the Outreach Committee and other church ministries. He had a tremendous passion for helping others and expressed that through Celebrate Recovery. He was invited by Sheriff Ezell Brown to begin a prison ministry for the inmates at the Newton County Detention Center. Mr. Wingfield worked in the Insurance industry for 43 years as an independent agent. In ...

June 20, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mary Gene Everitt Elliott

Mary Gene Everitt Elliott of Oxford, GA passed away on June 13, 2015 at Abbey Hospice. She was born on August 4, 1934 in Atlanta to the late Claudine Faulkner Everitt and William Floyd Everitt. Mary Gene grew up in Covington, but employment took their family to Greenville, SC in the late 1940's, where she graduated from Greenville High School in 1952. She attended the University of Georgia where she was a Fine Art major and a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.

June 19, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jean Oldham

Jean Oldham of Oxford, passed away June 18, 2015, at the age of 80. She began her banking career as a bookkeeper at Bank of Covington, and retired, after 30 years of employment, as a bank manager from the 278 office. She was a very active member of the First Presbyterian Church where she volunteered for many church projects, was a member of the First Presbyterian Women's Club and was president of the First Presbyterian Church Women's Circle. In addition, she was a member of the Covington Woman's Club. Mrs. Oldham was a loving mother, grandmother and ...

June 19, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dr. William Ernest Jackson

Dr. William E. Jackson, 78, of Covington died peacefully June 19, 2015 after a long illness. Dr. Jackson practiced Chiropractic for 51 years serving four generations. He retired December 16, 2011.

June 19, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dennis Ray Burch

Dennis Ray Burch, of Ruskin, Florida, formerly of Covington, Georgia, died June 13, 2015, at the age of 70. Born to the late Penn M. Burch and Helen Antony Burch, he lived most of his life in Newton County before moving to Ruskin, Florida, in September 2005. Mr. Burch was a very active member of Willow Springs Church, in Social Circle, and in the Moose Lodge in Ruskin, Florida. He was employed with Hercules for many years. He loved dancing, playing golf and collecting NASCAR memorabilia. He was a loving father and grandfather, and cherished the time he spent with ...

June 16, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Shirley G. Gaither

Shirley Graham Gaither of Covington, GA died Monday March 7, 2011 at Abbey Hospice. She was born on July 29, 1935 in Porterdale, Ga to C. Lee and Mae Nichols Graham. She was retired as the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Covington, was a member of Porterdale Baptist Church, and a member of the American Legion Auxillary Post 32. She loved her children and adored her grandchildren. She was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed the Atlanta Braves.

March 08, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


James E. (Jimmy) Biggers

James E. (Jimmy) Biggers of Covington, passed away March 5, 2011, at the age of 73. Mr. Biggers was born in Newborn, GA, to the late Eddie and Inez (Ivey) Biggers. He retired from Hercules, Inc., after 31 years of dedicated service. He enjoyed outdoor activities, and especially enjoyed playing horseshoes. He was an avid deer hunter and freshwater fisherman. Mr. Biggers was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

March 06, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Rositha Norvel Bolden

Rositha Norvel Bolden, 53, passed away March 3, 2011, at her residence in Covington, GA. Mrs. Bolden was a retired Sergeant of the United States Army after 20 years of service. During her service, she received an Army Commendation medal, Army Achievement medal, Army Good Conduct medal (5th Award), National Defense Service medal, Non-commissioned Officer's Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 2, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), and the Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar. Upon her retirement, she continued her education at Dekalb Technical College, where she received her Associates Degree; and then ...

March 04, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Geraldine Bates Watson

Geraldine Bates Watson, age 87 of Carthage, N.C., died March 1 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, N.C. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

March 03, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Richard E. (Dick) Bellairs

Local well known Pharmacist, Richard E. (Dick) Bellairs, of Covington, died February 28, 2011, at Newton Medical Center in Covington at the age of 80. A native of Michigan and an avid golfer, he was the son of the late Walter and Hilma Boehmer Bellairs, and a Veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Bellairs was a graduate of the School of Pharmacy at Purdue University, and was co-owner and operator of Standard Pharmacy in Porterdale and Professional Court Pharmacy in Covington. He was a member of the Covington Rotary Club for over fifty years, serving as its President, and ...

February 28, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Susan B. Whisnante

Mrs. Susan Barnes Whisnante, 63 of Mansfield passed away February 24, 2011 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. Susan was born in Atlanta to the late Charles Byron and Margie Smith Barnes. She graduated from Loganville High School in 1965. She was affectionately known as "Big Mama" to her friends and she had many. She loved helping others however she could. She could talk to anybody about anything and she never met a stranger. She was fun loving and energetic. Susan was a member of Rutledge First United Methodist Church and a dedicated volunteer at the former Rutledge Academy. She ...

February 25, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


John Patrick Barnes

John Patrick Barnes of Covington, passed away February 23, 2011, at the age of 58. Mr. Barnes attended Red Oak United Methodist Church, and enjoyed eating, watching TV, and listening to music. When he was younger, he enjoyed traveling. Mr. Barnes was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Grady and Ruth Miles (Smith) Barnes; sister, Vickie Peplinski; brother, George Thomas Barnes.

February 24, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Hazel Burnette Rogers

Hazel Rogers Burnette, 67, Loganville passed away Feb. 21. She attended Corinth Christian Church and was preceded in death by parents Ollie and Eunice Ellis Rogers.

February 22, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Debbie Mask

Ms. Martha Deborah "Debbie" Mask of Covington, GA died Monday, February 21, 2011 at her residence. She was born on July 15, 1952 in Greenville, SC to Perry and Martha Burns. She was a loving mother, sister, Nana and friend to many. She touched many lives, always had a smile and will be missed by all. She was an Agent for American Realty Professionals.

February 22, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Margaret L. Cook

Mrs. Margaret L. Cook, 85 of Oxford passed away Monday February 21, 2011 at Newton Medical Center. Mrs. Cook was born in Newton County to the late Guy and Viola Chapman McGiboney, Sr.. Mrs. Cook was a homemaker and a member of Grace Baptist Church. She loved working in the church and teaching Sunday school. She and her late husband were very active in the Brick Store Community and in Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church. She loved knitting, reading and her telephone friends. She was a loving mother to her two daughters who survive her, Brenda and John Hitchcock of ...

February 22, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sexton Anderson

Sexton Anderson, age 89, of Decatur, died February 18, 2011. She was born Mary Sexton Grayson on April 17, 1921, in Saltville, VA, the second child of the late John Tate Grayson, Sr. and Nannie Lou Altice Grayson. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Radford College in Radford, VA, and both her Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She began her teaching career for the Bristol (Virginia) School Board in 1942 and taught at the Napsonian School in Atlanta (1944-45) and for the Newton County (Georgia) School Board in the ...

February 20, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Betty Morton Norton

Betty Morton Norton of Covington, passed away February 16, 2011, at the age of 79. She enjoyed cooking, cleaning, shopping, traveling, reading, and word puzzles. Mrs. Norton was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to many. Mrs. Norton was preceded in death by her parents, Grover C. and Fannie Louise (Yarbrough) Morton, Sr.; and her siblings, Allene Brown, Tony Morton, Sadie Hopkins, and her husband, George.

February 17, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Donald W. Steele

Donald W. Steele, 74, passed away at his residence in Covington, February 16, 2011. Son of the late Dewey Watson and Margaret McCart Steele, he was a member of High Point Baptist Church. Mr. Steele retired as Director of the Georgia Revenue Department after more than 34 years of service. He enjoyed singing with the Conyers-Covington Choral Guild, and loved his wood working. Mr. Steele was devoted to his wife, daughters, grandchildren, great-grandson, and his church family.

February 17, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Audrey J. Campbell

Audrey J. Campbell, 77, passed away on Feb. 5 after a short illness. Mrs. Campbell was a devoted wife and mother who leaves behind many dear friends. She cherished her involvement at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church for the many years she was a member.

February 12, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Robert Larry Burney

Robert Larry Burney, age 69, of Covington, died February 11, 2011, at Newton Medical Center. A native of Newton County, Mr. Burney was a member of Stewart Baptist Church and was retired from Delta Airlines with 25 years of service. He and his father operated Burney's Boat Docks, and were well known for building boat docks and boat houses, a business which he continued after his father's death. Mr. Burney was an eight year Veteran of the United States Air Force, serving overseas in Turkey and in the Philippines. He loved fishing and being on the lake, and ...

February 12, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


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