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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


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


Mother Darlene Strong

Mother Darlene Strong was born December 9, 1924 to the parentage of the late Mr. & Mrs. George (Cora) Stephens in Athens, Georgia.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Mickey "Hoss" Hall

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Patricia Annette Burford Cronan

Patricia Annette Burford Cronan, 72, of Greensboro, died Dec. 16 at Rockdale Hospital, Conyers. The daughter of the late James Curtis Burford and Nellie Frances Capp Burford, she was born in Henry County in 1936. She attended Jackson High School and married in 1955. While living in Conyers, she worked for Pacific Coverall Sewing Factory and Green Brothers Nursery. She enjoyed gardening, working with flowers and being with her family and friends. Mrs. Cronan did volunteer work at Green Point and Warrenton nursing homes.

December 29, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Milford Dale Hefton

Mr. Milford Dale Hefton, 47, of Covington, died Dec. 16. The son of Dale and Dixie (Singleton) Hefton, he was born in 1961 in Klamath Falls, Ore. He worked in the trucking business for over 20 years and was currently employed as a truck driver for Scott Harper Trucking and part-time for War Trucking. He was co-owner of The Lawn Ranger Lawn Service Company. Mr. Hefton was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church and was a softball coach at Covington Christian Church NCYSL. He was a loving husband and father. He was preceded in death by his mother Dixie ...

December 29, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Charlie Lee “Whit” Bailey

Mr. Charlie Lee "Whit" Bailey, 92, a lifelong resident of Covington died on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008. He was born in Newton County Feb. 17, 1916 to the late Oscar and Leila (Smith) Bailey. Mr. Bailey was a member of Lovejoy Methodist Church. He was a retired carpenter, a very good handyman and built his house on Green Street. He enjoyed watching and listening to the Atlanta Braves, gardening and doing yard work, and he also loved and enjoyed talking to people. Mr. Bailey was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mrs. Christine (Johnson) Bailey who died April 19 ...

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Andrew Lidden Pate III

Andrew Lidden Pate III, 48, of Watkinsville, died Wednesday, Dec. 24. He was born Dec. 27, 1959 in Augusta, GA to the Reverend Dr. Andrew Lidden Pate, Jr. and Martha Brown Lokey Pate.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Gertrude Wood

Gertrude Wood, 84, of Covington, died Dec. 14. A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Wood was a homemaker and a member of Zion Baptist Church. She is survived by sister Mary Sue Ryer of Conyers and brother James Gordon of Commerce, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Dec. 17, at Green Meadow Memorial Gardens with Rev. Danny Evans officiating. No visitation is scheduled.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jeanne M. Smith

Jeanne M. Smith, 84, of Covington passed away on Dec. 13 of complications from heart surgery. The youngest child and only daughter of Mae and Ward Robertson, she was born in 1924 in Batavia, Ill. Mrs. Smith had three brothers Gerald, Wallace and Richard. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hampton Smith (1920 - 1969) and her daughter Melinda Eudy (1952 - 1994).

She attended the University of Illinois and received her bachelor's and master's degrees in English. She married Hampton Smith in 1951 in Illinois. They lived in many parts of the country as Hampton pursued a ...

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Leon Lowry

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Helen Newton Ivey

 Helen Newton Ivey, 91, of Covington, passed away Dec. 13. A native of Covington, and a beautician for over 40 years, she was a beloved friend and confidant to many of Covington's citizens. Mrs. Ivey truly had a servant's heart as she was happiest when serving others. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Covington and was involved with the WMU, 3R's, Meals on Wheels and various other church activities. She was also active in the Pilot Club, AARP, Gold Star American Legion and a Bridge Club. In her spare time, she traveled with ...

December 24, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Clarence “Tommy” Johnson Jr.

Mr. Clarence "Tommy" Johnson Jr., 70, of Covington, died Dec. 9. The son of the late Clarence Thomas Johnson Sr. and Sarah Louise Mask, he was bon in Newton County. He was not expected to live past his first day but lived to his 70th birthday, unaffected by his handicap. Mr. Johnson was a member of the Baptist Tabernacle, Covington, and loved selling Bibles from his home. He attended Newton High School until the 11th grade and was an Eagle Scout. He loved listening to country music, camping trips and attending Braves games. Mr. Johnson was known as the "North ...

December 22, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Edward Floyd Allard Jr.

The Rev. Edward Floyd Allard Jr., 78, of Mansfield, died Dec. 8 at Embracing Hospice, Snellville. The son of the late Edward Floyd Allard Sr. and Elizabeth Smith Allard, he was born in Wilmington, N.C. He attended Campbell University and graduated from the Memphis School of Preaching in 1972. He served our country during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a Tech Sgt. in 1970. He was a recipient of the USAF Commendation Medal. Mr. Allard was a life member of the Disabled Veterans of America and very active ...

December 22, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Imogene Berron Graham

Mrs. Imogene Herron Graham, 78, of Toccoa, died Dec. 8 at Cottingham Hospice House, Seneca, S.C. The daughter of the late N.R. and Faye Smith Herron, she was born in 1930 in Franklin County. She grew up and lived most of her life on Rose Lane in Toccoa, being a great neighbor with a terrific sense of humor. She loved to play games with her family and friends. Mrs. Graham was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church and a licensed beautician. She graduated from North Georgia Trade School and worked with her aunt and close friend, Claudine Collier ...

December 22, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Billy Rooks Stokes

Mr. Billy Rooks Stokes, 77, of Covington, died Dec. 8. The son of the late Rebie Stokes and Gennie Mae Bowden Stokes, he was born in 1931 in Newton County. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Stokes retired from Auto Soler where he worked as a machinist. He enjoyed working on his cattle farm and serving as an active member of the Disaster Relief Team through the Georgia Baptist Association. He was especially honored to work with the disaster relief team when they traveled to New York to serve during the attack on Sept ...

December 20, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Willie C. “Doug” Victor

Mr. Willie C. "Doug" Victor died Dec. 4 in Rockdale County. The son of Mrs. Mary Frances Johnson Victor and the late Booker T. Victor, he was born in 1938 in Newton County. One of 14 children, Mr. Victor was preceded in death by brother Jay Victor. Mr. Victor was raised and educated in Newton County and joined St. Paul AME Church as an early age. He worked for Cross Construction for over 30 years. A hard worker, he enjoyed his job as a brick mason. During his spare time, Mr. Victor enjoyed playing cards, cooking, cleaning, working in the ...

December 20, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Rella Mae Allen

December 19, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


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