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Mr. Richard P. “Ricky” Heath

Richard P. "Ricky" Heath, of Covington, passed away January 2, 2015, at the age of 52. Ricky enjoyed hunting, fishing, swimming and woodworking. In addition, he loved carpentry and building things. Ricky was fun loving and well-liked. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sonny and Alice Heath; and brother, Kemp Heath.

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Lowell Freeman

Lowell Freeman, age 83, of Pontiac, died Sat. November. 29, 2014.

January 02, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jean Babington Remley

Jean Babington Remley, 98, passed away peacefully at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle December 31, 2014 surrounded by loved ones. Born November 22, 1916 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Mrs. Remley was a resident of Covington since 1939. She is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Joseph M. Remley (Joe). Survivors include one daughter Jeannette R. Harris and son-in-law, Ned Harris of Monticello, and one granddaughter Sharon Jean Kinman-Hall, and husband Rod Hall of Lawrenceville. She is also survived by two great grandchildren Chase Remley Hall and Avery Leigh Hall.

January 02, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Rosie Nell Russell Tanks

Rosie Nell Russell Tanks, 90, of 228 Oak Drive Social Circle, passed on Monday, December 29, 2014 in Thomaston.

January 02, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mother Burda Lee Marks

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

December 30, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Patrick Arthur Benn

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

December 30, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Eddie (Pete) Lawrence Jr.

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

December 30, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Ms. Paula L. Clark

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

December 30, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Christopher G. White, Jr.

Funeral services for Mr. Christopher G. White, Jr., age 91 will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 in the Chan Stanley Memorial Chapel of Stanley Funeral Home and Crematory, with interment to follow at Northview Cemetery. Rev. Darren Talley will officiate.

December 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Richard Lee Jefferies Jr.

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

December 18, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. J. D. McGuire

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

December 18, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Annie Laura Conner Darby Chesnut

Annie Laura Conner Darby Chesnut was born Jan. 18, 1918 in Morgan County to Emory E. and Beverly L. Blasingame Conner. She was first married to Olin Lemuel Darby who died in 1945 leaving her with a 5-year-old son and expecting a second son in October. She remained a widow and sole support of her children until 1950 when she married Charles Stewart (Chink) Chesnut. They moved to Chesnut Farm on Chesnut Road where their son Charles was born. She resided there until Chink died and her health declined.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Hollis Franklin Blackshear

On August 21, 1934 the late Mr. & Mrs. Johnnie (Luvenia) Blackshear, Sr. were blessed with the birth of a handsome son whom they named Hollis Franklin Blackshear. Born in

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mike Fondren

Mike Fondren, age 59, of Covington passed away December 11, 2014. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 21, 1955 to the late James Dolphus and Audrey Gardner Fondren. Mike was the owner of 3rd Base Sports Bar and Grill on Salem Road. He was enjoyed fishing and camping and loved spending time with his grandchildren and family and his 3rd Base family. Mike retired from Steven's Graphics. He was preceded in death by his son Keith Fondren in 2011.

December 12, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Leisa Romero

Ms. Leisa Romero, age 45, of Jasper passed away at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

December 11, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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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


Christopher Ojeda-Jackson

Christopher Ojeda-Jackson, 6, died Jan. 14. He was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jose (Courtney Jackson) Ojeda on Valentine's Day, 2004, in Atlanta, the second of three children. He was a student at R.J. Burch Elementary School in Tyrone. He loved attending school and playing with his classmates. He was loving, friendly and humorous and enjoyed making others laugh. He was kind to everyone. Because of his beautiful disposition and personality, he was loved by all those whose lives he touched. He was a great brother to both his big sister and little sister. He enjoyed riding his ...

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


The Rev. John Albert Cannon, Jr.

The Reverend John Albert Cannon, Jr., age 85, of Social Circle, died Sunday, January 16, 2011. He was the son of the late John Albert and Ruth Thompson Cannon. John was born in his grandfather's home in Decatur, and was educated in the Decatur city schools. At the age of 17 he joined the U.S. Navy. During World War II he was attached to the First Marine Air Wing in the South Pacific Theater. After the war, he married his high school sweetheart, Jeanne Butler Cannon, and they recently celebrated their 64th anniversary together. John and Jeanne attended ...

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Pat Stowe

Pat Stowe of Covington, passed away January 17, 2011, at the age of 68. Mrs. Stowe was a faithful member of Cornish Mountain Baptist Church, where she loved playing the piano and organ; and singing with the Gospel Tone Quartet. She was stock transfer agent for the Trust Company of GA for 30 years. Mrs. Stowe enjoyed her attempts at crocheting and sewing; and loved to shop and travel. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She was preceded in death by her parents, Columbus Pennington and Ena Viola (Harper) O'Kelley.

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Thomas L. Witcher

Mr. Thomas Lee Witcher, 72 of Covington died January 16, 2011 surrounded by his family. Mr. Witcher was born in Cedartown, Ga. to the late Ralph and Josie Dudley Witcher. He was retired from the US Navy in 1982 after 28 years of active duty. He was a recruiter for the Navy from 1975 to 1979. After retirement from the Navy he worked for the Newton County Water and Sewer Authority for 5 years. He was also the owner and operator of T & G Trenching Company in Covington for over 20 years and a member of Covington Masonic Lodge #558 ...

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jane Wade McIntosh

Jane Wade McIntosh, age 63, of Mansfield died January 14, 2011, at Newton Medical Center in Covington. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Covington, and had been employed by Dan River Incorporated as a Laboratory Technician for 13 years. Mrs. McIntosh enjoyed crafts, animals, plants and computers, but most important to her was her family. She was predeceased by her father, John Ellis Wade, Sr., and brother, John Ellis Wade, Jr.

January 16, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Diane J. Wren

Diane J. Wren, 68, of Covington died January 15, 2011 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. Mrs. Wren loved the Lord and was a member of High Point Baptist Church. In her prior years she was very involved with helping the children in her church, taught Sunday School and sang in the choir in Macon. She enjoyed flowers and gardening and was an avid reader. Mrs. Wren was a very good cook and had a collection of recipe books. She loved her dogs, Solemen and Prissy, but most important to her was her family. Mrs. Wren is preceded in death ...

January 15, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Vivian O'Kelley Bouchillon

Vivian O'Kelley Bouchillon of Covington, passed away January 13, 2011, at the age of 83. Mrs. Bouchillon was born in Porterdale, to the late John William and Odie Bell (Bowen) O'Kelley, and has remained a life-long resident of Newton County. She was well-known, and liked by all who knew her. She was employed by Hutch Clothing, until the store closed, and then C.R. Bard before retiring. She was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. Mrs. Bouchillon was a loving wife and mother. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Bouchillon.

January 14, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Rupert "Bill" Thomas

Rupert "Bill" Thomas of Buckhead passed away on January 11, 2011, at the age of 80. Mr. Thomas was born in Covington to the late John Homer and Mamie Lou (Bohannon) Thomas on June 23, 1930. Mr. Thomas was employed with the Federal Drug Enforcement agency for 31 years. He was a member of Philogia Masonic Lodge # 178 in Conyers, and the Georgia Ramblers Motor Home Club. Mr. Thomas enjoyed all kinds of tools, tinkering with lawn mowers and mowing the lawn. He is predeceased by his sister, Annie Lee Sowell Cook and three brothers, Henri, Horace and Bernard Thomas.

January 13, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Essie Katherine "Kate" Almand

Mrs. Essie Katherine "Kate" Almand, 84 of Covington passed away January 10, 2011 at Rockdale Hospital. Mrs. Almand was one of 14 children born in Griffin, Ga. to the late Willie Lee and Lettie Florine Murphy Deaton. She is preceded in death by her husband David Almand and her daughter Brenda Garner. She loved to cook. She cooked with Natalie Dupree at Rich's Cooking School for many years and cooked at her daughter's restaurant, "Brenda's Place" in Social Circle. She was also a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Social Circle. Mrs. Almand is survived ...

January 12, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


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