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Mr. Kenneth Lanier Anglin

In a small house on the corner of a narrow street resting in the shadows of the Old Covington Mill, a child was born on a cold November day to a lady named Grace. It was 1938, and with little fanfare the child was wrapped in a blanket and placed in the bosom of a loving mother. But I suspect even on that day the people around the child had a feeling that he was special. "His name will be Kenneth Lanier and he will be a preacher" a passing neighbor surmised. His mother agreed, and so it was.

September 04, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Arthur Will Ponder

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

September 04, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Cheryl Easterlin-Slate

Mrs. Cheryl Easterlin Slate, 47, of Covington passed away Wednesday, September 03, 2014. She was born in Waltersboro, South Carolina on August 5, 1967. Cheryl was a talented, artistic person who loved to draw and paint. She was a natural merchandiser who had a great passion for design. Cheryl worked for and was part of the family of Brendale's Salon and Stuff just off the square in Covington. During her high school years she lived in Lithonia was a 1985 graduate of Lithonia High School. Cheryl was a loving and caring person who was loved by everyone that knew ...

September 03, 2014 | | OBITS


Mrs. Betty Jane Cordell Edwards

Betty Jane Cordell Edwards, age 83, passed away Aug. 31, 2014, at Oxton Village in Social Circle. "Ms. Betty," as she was affectionately known, had been a resident there for the past five years. Betty was born Oct. 4, 1930, in Rockmart, Georgia.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Joe Yarbrough

Mr. Joe Yarbrough, 67, of Covington, Georgia, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. He was born in Porterdale on April 17, 1947 to Claude and Lillian Yarbrough, who have preceded him in death. Joe was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad, where he worked as a switchman. He served his country in the United States Army for eight years and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mr. Yarbrough was preceded in death by his daughter Elisha Yarbrough and wife Debbie Lynn Yarbrough.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Joe Yarbrough

Mr. Joe Yarbrough, 67, of Covington, Georgia passed away Monday, September 1, 2014. He was born in Porterdale on April 17, 1947 to Claude and Lillian Yarbrough who have preceded him in death. Joe was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad where he worked as a switchman. He served his country in the United States Army for 8 years and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mr. Yarbrough was preceded in death by his daughter Elisha Yarbrough and wife Debbie Lynn Yarbrough.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Arlene Bishop

Mrs. Arlene Bishop, age 73, of Mansfield formerly of Redan passed away at her home Friday, August 29, 2014. She was born August 28, 1941 in Austell Georgia to Arlo and Mary Pike who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Bishop worked for and retired from The Rockdale Citizen Newspaper. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Mrs. Bishop taught Sunday school at Redan Baptist Church, East Newton Baptist Church and was currently a member of Mansfield Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling, working in her flower garden and was a gracious hostess who loved to ...

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

August 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. J.C. “Shep” Shepard Jr.

J.C. "Shep" Shepard Jr., 89, of Social Circle, passed to be with his beloved wife of 50 years Elizabeth "Liz" Clay Shepard on August 25, 2014. Born December 20, 1924, he was the son of the late James Curtis Shepard and Jessie V. Shepard Studdard. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Bill Shepard.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Louise Thomason

Louise Thomason of Covington, passed away Aug. 24, 2014, at the age of 84. Ms. Thomason was an active member of New Life Praise Center, in Covington, and was a dedicated employee of Lithonia Lighting for 38 years. Following her work at Lithonia Lighting, she dedicated herself to caring for handicapped children. Ms. Thomason was a giving lady, and constantly gave of her time to help those less fortunate. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Preceding her in death was her brother, Thomas McCord.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Rita Ward White

Mrs. Rita Ward White, age 90, of Oxford, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, at her home. Mrs. White was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Statesboro, Georgia, and was the eldest daughter of Robert Lee and Florence Hendrix Ward. She grew up in a farming family in Bulloch County, Georgia, and was a graduate of Nevils High School. In 1943, she married her husband of 56 years, Darvin White. When Mr. White began working for Independent Life and Accident Insurance Company, they moved to Newton County and settled in Oxford, Georgia. While her children were very young, Mrs. White was a ...

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Bonnie M. Tingler

Mrs. Bonnie M. Tingler, of Covington, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014, at the age of 87. She was born in Ronceverte, West Virginia to the late Russell and Emma M. Morgan. Mrs. Tingler was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Covington and was an avid BINGO player at the Covington ELKS Club and Conyers American Legion. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Tingler.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Marlene “Polly” Hicks Carswell

Marlene "Polly" Hicks Carswell, age 79, of Lilburn, passed away Wednesday August 20, 2014. Born in Stone Mountain on October 29, 1934 she was a graduate of Stone Mountain High School. She retired from Lilburn Middle School as the lunchroom manager in December 1994. She obtained a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Certificate from the University of Georgia and was a member of Mountain Park Baptist Church in Lilburn since 1962.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Walter Richard (Rick) Almand

Born on June 26, 1951, Walter Richard (Rick) Almand passed away August 15, 2014. He is survived by his wife Miriam Hamby Almand; children Bryan Owenby and Rachel Almand Wimbush; grandchildren Leanne Brown, Bryanna Owenby, Ashley McKibben, Keeley Owenby, Jordan McKibben, Erica Owenby and Alexis Almand and great-grand daughter rAaliyah Lumpkin. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 at Faith Baptist Church in Monroe at 7 p.m.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Hugh Newsome

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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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


Elizabeth Deaver Murph Creech

Elizabeth Deaver Murph "Betty" Creech, 79, of the Veazey Community in Greene County, died Friday, Oct. 29, at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born on May 19, 1931 in Spartanburg, S.C. to the late Paul Marion Murph and Elizabeth Deaver Murph of Whitestone, S.C. Betty graduated from Spartanburg High School and attended Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina. In 2006 she moved from Covington to the Veazey Community to live with her daughter and husband, Myra and Jeff Cronan. She was a homemaker and a member of Mansfield United Methodist Church in Mansfield. She ...

October 31, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sylvia Elaine Sims

Ms. Sylvia Elaine Sims died Oct. 22. The daughter of Robert Lee Cobb and the late Annie Joyce Chandler, she was born in 1959. She graduated from Newton County School system and was employed with Bibb and Marshall for several years. She joined Springfield Missionary Baptist Church at a young age. Affectionately called "Syl," she was a beloved daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and good friend to life-long acquaintances. She was known for always having a broad smile and sunny disposition. Ms. Sims never let an opportunity pass without telling her loved ones and friends that she loved them.

October 28, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Horace Horton

Mr. Horace Horton died Oct. 22 due to a tragic car accident. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Maxie (Anna Felmon Glass) Horton Sr., he was born in 1957 in Morgan County, the third of eight children. He was preceded in death by brother Darron. Affectionately called "chocolate Chip," Mr. Horton was raised and educated in Morgan County joining Pleasant Grove Baptist church at a young age. He was employed as a technician at Barton Southern Company. Whatever he did, he did to perfection and worked hard to get what he needed or wanted. Mr. Horton was also ...

October 28, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dorothy Bonnell (Brown) Bishop

Mrs. Dorothy Bonnell (Brown) Bishop age 84 of Covington, Georgia died on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. She was born April 19, 1926 in Carroll County, Georgia to the late John Richard and Clara (Azlee) Brown. She moved to Covington from Stockbridge in 1996 and was retired from Woolworth Department store where she worked as a cashier for 17 years. Mrs. Bishop was a member of the Gospel Mission in Almon. She enjoyed hard work and helping people. Mrs. Bishop is preceded in death by her husband of 59 ½ years Gordon James Bishop and a daughter Juanita Faircloth.

October 28, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Gwendolyn Rena Boswell

Ms. Gwendolyn Rena Boswell died Oct. 21. The daughter of Hattie Boswell and Comer "Pat" Howard, she was born in 1969 in Covington. Ms. Boswell attended Newton County schools and graduated in 1987. She was a valued employee for over 15 years at Smurfit-Stone, formerly Mead Containers. She had a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, accepting him as her Lord and Savior. Ms. Boswell was a devoted daughter, auntie and sister. She always wore a smile and was full of joy. She was family-oriented and always willing to lend a helping hand.

October 26, 2010 | | OBITS


Katheryn Mae "Blackshear" Warren

Katheryn B. Warren of Social Circle, GA died Monday October 25, 2010. She was born on October 19, 1939 in Atlanta, GA to the late Leon and Maudie Fox Blackshear. She was retired from Newton County School System after 10 years of service.

October 26, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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