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Mr. Basil Rigney

Basil Rigney of Snellville passed away August 2, 2014, at the age of 79. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State College and his Master's in Music Education from the University of Georgia. Mr. Rigney owned and operated Great Republic Insurance Agency in the early 80's. In the summer of 1985, he served as the music instructor and director of Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band at Governor's Honors Program, in Valdosta. He served as band director for many schools across the state, with the majority being in Newton County. Among his many accomplishments, Mr ...

August 05, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Henry E. Smith

Mr. Henry E. Smith, age 69, of Newton County passed away July 26, 2014. Mr. Smith was born January 10, 1945 in Newton County, Georgia to Ms. Mary McElhaney Glover and Mr. Earnest Smith. His wife Mrs. Jackie Ross Smith preceded him in death.

August 05, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Freddie “Jim” Wise

Mr. Freddie "Jim" Wise, age 72, of Springhill passed away July 23, 2014. He was born in Newton County, Georgia to Unas and Alice Wise. Raised in the Springhill Community, "Jim" joined the Springhill United Methodist Church at an early age and lived a happy life among his 12 siblings: Wilfred (Jack), Lillie, Juanita, MC, Roy, Eunice, Ina, James (Bo), Walter, Addie, Henry and Dorothy, along with his childhood friends. He attended school in Newton County and then later was employed at Georgia Highway Express Trucking Company, where he worked for more than thirty years. Later, he was employed by ...

August 05, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Deacon Henry Thomas Johnson

Deacon Henry Thomas Johnson, age 91, passed away July 26, 2014. He was born to the late Mr. & Mrs. Johnnie (Sweetie)Wyatt Johnson. He joined and served in the United States Army from 1940 until 1942. In March 1958, he wed Jewel White and together they raised one son, Mr. Kenneth Charles Johnson. After serving many years and retiring from McLean Freight Lines, "Thomas" started his own business: Johnson Movers. He was a charitable and active figure in the Springhill Community. He was willing to help anyone out in their time or need. He provided many young men in the ...

August 05, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Lavancy Benton Henderson

Mrs. Lavancy Benton Henderson, age 87, of Covington passed away July 25, 2014. She was born in Newton County, Georgia to the late Seals Benton and Ella Claude Benton.

August 05, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Henry E. Smith

In Loving Memory

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


Deacon Henry Thomas Johnson

Homeoging Services

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


Mrs. Lavancy B. Henderson

A Celebration of Life

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


Mr. Freddie Wise

A Celebration of Life

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


Mr. Larry Bazemore

Mr. Larry Bazemore, age 70, of Conyers passed away July 30, 2014. He was born in Vidalia, Georgia to Leroy and Madeline Bacon Bazemore. Mr. Bazemore grew up in Darien, Georgia where he enjoyed deer and duck hunting. He was an avid reader and enjoyed gun collecting, buying farm equipment even though he never owned a farm; he enjoyed yard sales and auctions with his best friend Dan W. Taylor and loved the construction and development fields. Mr. Bazemore was primarily a banker in his early career and as president of Long State Bank in Ludawici, Georgia he was instrumental ...

August 02, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Russell Fields

Russell Fields, age 77, of Covington, passed away August 1, 2014. Mr. Fields was employed by Dart Containers, formerly known as Sweetheart Plastics, for 28 years. He was a member of County Line Baptist Church. He enjoyed collecting coins and reading. Mr. Fields was a family man, as his family always came first. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Fields was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Martin Fields; and parents, William David and Sara (Ellis) Fields.

August 02, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Larry Bazemore

Mr. Larry Bazemore, age 70, of Conyers passed away July 30, 2014. He was born in Vidalia, Georgia to Leroy and Madeline Bacon Bazemore. Mr. Bazemore grew up in Darien, Georgia where he enjoyed deer and duck hunting. He was an avid reader and enjoyed gun collecting, buying farm equipment even though he never owned a farm; he enjoyed yard sales and auctions with his best friend Dan W. Taylor and loved the construction and development fields. Mr. Bazemore was primarily a banker in his early career and as President of Long State Bank in Ludawici, Georgia he was instrumental ...

August 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dr. Courtney Manning

Dr. Courtney Manning, age 45, of Covington, passed away June 30, 2014. He was born March 30, 1969 in May Pen, Clarendon, Jamaica to Victor Manning (deceased) and Aneita Cameron. At the age of five, he moved with his family to St. Catherine where they lived at his grandmother's house. While living there, he attended basic school in Reynolds and primary school at Point Hill. At the age of 10, he passed the Common Entrance exam to attend high school, and at the age of 18, he entered the Jamaican Constabulary Force. During this age, he also attended the ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Abraham Thomas “Abe” Hopkins

Abe Hopkins, age 6, of Covington passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. He was born February 14, 2008 in Covington to Mike and Kelli Kirkley Hopkins. Abe was a remarkable young man whose smile and laughter were contagious. Born on Valentine's Day he was full of love, affectionately described as a "mommie's boy" he loved watching Hallmark movies and being with his loving mother, father, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Abe shined for Jesus every day and touched more people than could ever be known. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents J.T. and ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Josie Faye (Embry) McLaney

Josie Faye (Embry) McLaney, affectionately known as "Jo," passed away July 28, 2014, at the age of 81. She was born in Rockmart, Georgia, to the late Noel and Rena (Davis) Embry. Jo was a graduate of Cedartown High School, in Cedartown, Georgia. In 1951, she married Milton (Coach Mac) McLaney, and together they moved to Monticello, where he started his coaching career and she found her interest in floral arrangements. They moved to Newton County in 1956, where she became active and served as president of the Covington Garden Club. Jo worked part-time for several years for Abre Sherwood ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Patricia "Pat" Otto

Mrs. Patricia "Pat" Otto, age 76, of Covington passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle, Georgia. She was born March 17, 1938 in Greensboro, Georgia to Tommy and Berth McAllister McElhannon. Mrs. Otto graduated from Greensboro High School and attended and graduated from March Business College with an Associate's Degree. She worked for and retired from Macy's Department Stores completing a 35 year career. After her retirement she started a second career working for Newton Medical Center, working on physician accreditation. She was a huge Atlanta Braves fan and loved watching Tom Glavine ...

June 28, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Thomas Marion Davis Sr.

J.C. Harwell & Son Funeral Home

June 28, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Thomas Marion Davis, Sr

Mr. Thomas Marion Davis, Sr., age 86, of Oxford passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014. He was born February 14, 1928 in Monticello to Thomas E. and Ruby Mitcham Davis. Mr. Davis was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, AARP Chapter 2265, a Mason and member of Golden Fleece Lodge #6 in Covington. He was retired from General Motors after a long career. Mr. Davis was a loving husband to his wife Mrs. Mary Frances Davis who preceded him in death on April 5, 2010. He was also preceded in death by his sister Ann Allen. Mr. Davis was a ...

June 28, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Myra Lynn Gibbs

Ms. Myra "Lynn" Gibbs, age 52, of Oxford, formerly of Lithonia passed away June 26, 2014. She was born November 9, 1961 in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Lithonia, Georgia. Lynn graduated from Margaret Harris School in Decatur. She was a loving, caring, kind person who would light up the room with her smile. Lynn loved music and was a football fan, she loved the Lithonia Bulldogs when her brother played and the Loganville Red Devils when her niece's cheered and her nephew's played. Lynn enjoyed working and going to the workshop with her many friends. She ...

June 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Clarence H. Moon

Clarence H. Moon, 78, of Covington, Georgia, died Sunday, June 22 at his residence. Mr. Moon was born in Pierre, South Dakota, to the late Clarence A. and Margaret Lathrop Moon. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife of fifty years Agueda Moon.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ms. Shelia Arlethia Heard

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home

June 21, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Jessie Lee Sims Sr.

Mr. Jessie Lee Sims was born on October 12, 1925 in Newton County to the late Mr. & Mrs. Major (Fannie Mae) Sims.

June 21, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Jessie Lee Sims Sr.

Celebration of Life

June 20, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Ms. Shelia Arlethia Heard

A Celebration of Life

June 20, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Rev. Garland Stone

Rev. Garland Stone of Oxford passed away June 18, 2014, at the age of 71. Rev. Stone founded and served Full Gospel Holiness Church for 35 years, where he loved his church family as his own. He enjoyed woodworking, going to auctions and visiting Amish country. Rev. Stone was a kind-hearted man who never met a stranger. He was a loving husband, father and papa, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Robert and Frances (Palmer) Stone; and his brothers, Phillip Stone, Kennedy Stone and Larry Stone.

June 19, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Ron Blomberg

Mr. Ron Blomberg, age 72 of Oxford, formerly of Conyers, passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at Emory University Hospital. He was born November 24, 1941 in Worcester, Massachusetts to Arthur and Margaret Blomberg who have preceded him in death. Mr. Blomberg had a long and successful career in the mortgage business. He served as the Southeast Regional Manager for SunTrust Mortgage and owned and operated Service First Mortgage for a number of years. Ron also was a licensed real estate agent working for Coldwell Banker in Covington. He was a member of The Father's House Church in Conyers ...

June 19, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Ron Blomberg

Mr. Ron Blomberg, age 72, of Oxford formerly of Conyers passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at Emory University Hospital. He was born November 24, 1941 in Worcester, Massachusetts to Arthur and Margaret Blomberg who have preceded him in death. Mr. Blomberg had a long and successful career in the mortgage business. He served as the Southeast Regional Manager for SunTrust Mortgage and owned and operated Service First Mortgage for a number of years. Ron also was a licensed real estate agent working for Coldwell Banker in Covington. He was a member of The Father's House Church in Conyers ...

June 18, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Willie Dene Payne

Willie Dene Payne, age 83, of Mansfield, passed away June 16, 2014. She enjoyed being outdoors and working in her yard.

June 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. George T. Day, Sr.

George T. Day, Sr., 76, of Covington, passed away June 17, 2014. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, in Oxford. Day Tree Service, established in 1969, was the first tree service in Newton County. Mr. Day owned and operated his tree service while working for Lithonia Lighting for 21 years. He enjoyed spending time outdoors camping and boating. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who cherished his family and treasured his time with them. Mr. Day was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Annie Lois (Woodruff) Day.

June 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sister Shirley Walker Brooks

Sister Shirley Walker Brooks was born on June 20, 1954 in Conyers, Georgia to the late Mr. & Mrs. Henry (Emma O'dell) Walker. She was the fifth of nine children.

June 12, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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