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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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Johnny Brown Reid

Mr. Johnny Brown Reid died Aug. 28. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Major (Leola Delaney) Reid, he was born in Putnam County, one of six children. He was preceded in death by siblings Robert, Earnest "Hump," Eddie and Rever Mae. Mr. Reid grew up in Putnam County. His family moved to Social Circle when he was young, and there he joined Graves Chapel A.M.E. Church. He became an active member serving as a trustee and as a member of the male chorus. He was married to Martha Mae Moses Reid who, after 27 years of ...

September 07, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Camille Durden McWilliams

Camille Durden McWilliams died Sept. 1. She was born in 1944 in Covington, the daughter of the late Elder Nehemiah and Eula Durden. Early in life she joined Bethlehem Baptist Church where she was an active member until her death. Mrs. McWilliams was a graduate of Washington Street School and R.L. Cousins High School. She held a Bachelor of Arts from Spelman College, a Master of Arts from Atlanta University and a Specialist in Education from Georgia State University. She taught science in Hillsborough County, Fla., and in Newton County. She was an assistant principal at Sharp Middle School ...

September 07, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


John Christopher Dillard

John Christopher Dillard, 57, of Monticello, died Aug. 31 at Jasper Memorial Hospital. Mr. Dillard was born in Stone Mountain. His parents were the late John Samuel Dillard and Melva Driver Dillard. He lived in Gwinnett County for a number of years before moving to the Jackson Lake area three years ago. He was a bus driver for Newton County Transportation. Prior to his job as a bus driver, John was a builder for 37 years for Almont Homes in Gwinnett County. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding his Harley, wood carving and living on the lake.

September 07, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Paul L. Draeger

Mr. Paul L. Draeger, 59 of Social Circle passed away Thursday September 2, 2010 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. Mr. Draeger was preceeded in death by his mother Joyce Draeger and his father in law Larry Beier. He is survived by his wife Cindy Draeger, his father Paul C. Draeger of Woodruff, WI., his son Brandon Draeger of Newberry, SC., daughter and son in law Jessica Draeger and Tony Chapman II, also of Newberry, SC., his mother in law Mildred Beier of Social Circle, sister in law and brother in law Carol and Danny Potter of Oxford and special ...

September 02, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ruth Evelyn Barrett Wiggins

Ruth E. Wiggins, 87, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on August 28. Mrs. Wiggins, the daughter of the late Chester and Ethel Holcomb Capell of Porterdale, was born in Arabi in 1923. She was preceded in death by husbands Robert Eugene Barrett Sr. and Sultan Wiggins, her son Robert Eugene Barrett Jr. and sisters Lucy Savage and Lillian Willis. She always had a loving and warm personality which she balanced with a firm and gentle honesty. With the support of her first husband, Gene, she completed her GED and went on to graduate from Crandall ...

August 31, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ted W. Chancey

August 28, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Carrie Jean Duncan-Skerrett

Carrie Jean Duncan-Skerrett, 55, wife of Phillip V. Skerrett Jr., passed on Aug. 20.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 29 at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist church, 3465 Old Selma Road, Montgomery, Ala., with the Rev. William Bradford officiating. A repast will be at the church after services. Interment will be at Kindle Cemetery, Ashley Road, Montgomery.

August 26, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Charlotte E. Ingram

Mrs. Charlotte E. Ingram, 61 of Mansfield, Ga. died Thursday August 26, 2010 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. Mrs. Ingram was born in Atlanta to Elzie and Rosie Smith Bowen. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Rev. Gary Ingram, Sr. mother Mrs. Rosie Gearin of Cumming, Ga. and her children Toie White of Nashville, TN, Gary Ingram, Jr. of Newnan, Ga., Stephanie Keeton of Covington, Shanna Ingram of Chattanooga, TN., Michelle & Barry Patterson of Griffin, Ga., Douglas & Tara Robinson of Covington, Kim & Frank Chapman of Newnan, Mickey & Mary Smith of Baltimore, MD., sisters Sandra & Roy Rodgers ...

August 26, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


James Thomas Duke

August 25, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Joyce Sanders

Joyce Sanders, of Oxford, died Thursday, Aug. 19, at her residence. She was born on Sept. 18, 1938, in Porterdale to Horace E. and Margie Mitchum Johnson. She was a life-long resident of Newton County.

August 21, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Virginia M. Kursaitis

August 20, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


William "Billy" E. Bond

August 19, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Annie F. Robinson

Mrs. Annie F. Robinson died Aug. 9. She was born in 1931 in Jasper County, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James (Thelma) Manuel and the second of nine children. She was preceded in death by brothers Lester Manuel and Henry jack Manuel and her husband Mr. Jimmie Robinson Sr. Mrs. Robinson was educated in Newton County public school and attended Carver Vocational School in Atlanta and became a CNA. She subsequently received a license in cosmetology. She was an excellent beautician who styled hair for over 50 years. At a young age, she joined Union Grove United ...

August 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Milton A. McLaney ("Coach Mac")

August 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Murice A. Granger

Mrs. Murice A. Granger, 85 of Covington died August 14, 2010 at her residence. Mrs. Granger had lived in the Covington area for the last three years after moving from Decatur. She was born in McDuffie County Georgia to the late George & Ruth Waters Agee. She attended Oak Hill Methodist Church in Decatur and was retired from Manning & Leipold Law Firm. She was predeceased by her son George Granger and is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Teri & Arculo Tupin of Sarasota, Fl., sisters Janet & Joe Cawley of Augusta, Vivian & Don Helm of Covington, Ressie Nay of Helena, Montana, several ...

August 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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