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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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Sallie M. King

Sallie M. King of Porterdale, passed away November 18, 2010, at the age of 76. Mrs. King was born in Griffin, Georgia, to the late Earl and Sarah Lee (Christian) Harper. She was affiliated with the Church of Christ, and was a very strong, Christian believer in Jesus Christ. Mrs. King retired from Covington Manor Nursing Home, in 2001, but returned to housekeeping because she loved her work and missed her friends. She enjoyed cooking and walking, but most important to her was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren – they were the light of her life. She was preceded in death by ...

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mary Frances Thomas Mann

Mary Frances Thomas Mann of Covington, passed away November 16, 2010, at the age of 60. She dedicated her life to Westbury Nursing Home, in Conyers, where she was a caregiver for over thirty years until she had to retire due to her health. She dedicated her life to taking care of her parents, and dearly enjoyed her dogs, Joey, Judy and Jeff. She was preceded in death by her parents, Loren Lee and Georgia Mae (Scarber) Thomas. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Keith Whitehead of Lawrenceville, daughter and partner, Debbie L. Lee and Christina Lowery of ...

November 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Viola Luke

Viola Luke, 70, of Covington died November 14, 2010, at Newton Medical Center. She enjoyed fishing, sewing, cooking, working in the garden, and traveling. She will be remembered as a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and was a friend to many. Mrs. Luke was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lavada Walker.

Mrs. Luke is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Lamar Holcombe of Covington; grandchildren, Anna and Daniel Williams, Jessica and Mark Allen, Joshua and Amber Holcombe; great-grandchildren, Natasha Williams, Aaron Williams, Matthew Williams, and Makayla Williams, Johnathan and Marie Allen, Kahlynn Holcombe; 3 sisters; 3 brothers ...

November 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Roy Louis Bayne

Roy Louis Bayne of Conyers, GA died Sunday November 14, 2010 at Rockdale Medical Center. He was born on June 20, 1935 in Muskegon, MI to Glenn and Mildred Duff Bayne. He worked for the US Postal service as a computer technician and then retired in Covington, GA. He enjoyed being with his family being on his computer and taking care of his pets.

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Joanne Davis Kurz

Joanne Davis Kurz, age 74, of Mansfield, died November 15, 2010, at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. She was the daughter of the late Willie and Mary Lou Studdard Green, and the widow of the late Charles Kurz and Corry Davis. An excellent seamstress, Mrs. Kurz enjoyed cooking and loved the outdoors, especially gardening and fishing. She is survived by her daughter, Kathaleen Davis of Monticello; sons and daughters-in-law, Ricky Davis of Colorado Springs, CO, Doug and Debbie Davis of Loganville, Martin and Susan Davis of Mansfield; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews. Funeral Services for Mrs. Kurz will ...

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ted Church

Ted Church of Conyers, passed away November 9, 2010, at the age of 73. Mr. Church attended Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church. He enjoyed hunting, traveling and sports. He was the widower of Margaret Church, and the son of the late Harold and Eva (Coon) Church. Survivors include his loving wife, Rosemary Church of Conyers; children, David Church, Thomas Church, Kevin Church, all of New York, Linda Runyan of Pennsylvania; stepchildren, Jeanne Maguire, Joanne Kumar, Jim Freeze, Jerry Freeze, Judy Freeze, Jane Pagliaro and Chris Freeze. The Mass of Christian Burial will be said Thursday, November 18, at 10 ...

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Minnie B. Rowland

Minnie B. Rowland of Covington, died November 13, 2010 at Westbury Health & Rehabilitation in Conyers, at the age of 88. Mrs. Rowland loved fishing and spending time with her family. She was very dedicated to her God, and to her church. She worked for Bibb Manufacturing Company and retired from C & D Battery. Mrs. Rowland is preceded in death by her husband, Walter Rowland, and parents, George and Lillie Mae Ballard.

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Melinda Ragan

Melinda Ragan, 44, of Covington, passed away Nov. 10. Surviving are children Ashton Nicole Ragan, Jersey, Brandon Eugene and Lindsay Ragan, Conyers, Lacye Grace Ragan, Covington; parents Roy and Mary Wilson, Covington; brother Chuck Wilson; sister and brother-in-law:Trina and John Deerman, Conyers; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

November 13, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Etta Giddens Bates

Etta Giddens Bates, long-time resident of Albany, died Nov. 9, just short of her 100th birthday. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Giddens, she was born in Arlington and was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lt. Col. William H. Bates Sr. (1998) of Covington and sister Catheryn Giddens (1957). Mrs. Bates received her bachelor's degree from Valdosta State College, master's degree from Oglethorpe University and specialist degree in reading from the University of Georgia. She taught in school systems in Guam and Germany and several systems in Georgia including Dougherty County where she ...

November 11, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


J.W. Rutledge

J.W. Rutledge of Covington, died November 8, 2010, at the age of 63. He was born in Porterdale, to the late Dean and Blondine (Hay) Rutledge, and attended Newton County High School, where he was a member of the state championship basketball team in 1964. Mr. Rutledge was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and served at Ft. Gordon helping returning Vietnam veterans adjust to civilian life. He taught at Newton High for 8 years, before continuing in administration as both the vocational supervisor and head principal, for a total of 32 years. Mr. Rutledge was a very ...

November 09, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Elsie D. Smith

Ms. Elsie D. Smith of Covington passed away November 8, 2010 at the age of 76. Born in Newton County to the late Reber Neal and Annice Christine "Tinie" (Cagle) Ivey, she worked for John H. Harland Company, enjoyed cooking and growing flowers. Her family was very important to her, especially her grandchildren and her great-grandchild.

November 08, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Gail Deas

Gail Deas, 66, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, Oct. 29, at her home. Mrs. Deas had lived in the Atlanta area for over 60 years before moving to Chattanooga three years ago.

November 02, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Melvin Hollis Johnson Sr.

Melvin Hollis Johnson Sr., 74, of Tiger passed away Oct. 28 after an extended battle with cancer.

November 02, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Alexander Scott Pace

Alexander Scott Pace "Big A," 20, of Statesboro, Oxford, and Pensacola, Fla., passed away Oct. 27, doing what he loved, playing soccer.

November 02, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dr. William Archer Reid

Dr. William Archer Reid, age 87, of Mansfield, died November 1, 2010. A member of Pine Grove Presbyterian Church in Covington, Dr. Reid attended Tulane University, Medical College of Georgia in Augusta from 1947 – 1949 and Emory University School of Medicine from 1949 – 1951 where he graduated with a degree in medicine. His internship and residency was at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta from 1951 from 1956. Dr. Reid received multiple teaching and hospital appointments in Atlanta. Hospital appointments included Past President, Georgia Baptist Medical Center; Chief of Surgery, Atlanta West Hospital; Chief of General Surgery, West Paces Ferry Hospital ...

November 02, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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