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Mrs. Mary A. Leasure

Mary A. Leasure, formerly of 933 Rosedale Avenue, Kingston, Tennessee, age 84, passed away suddenly on September 10, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl "Lucky" Leasure, in 1997. She moved to Atlanta in 2003 to join her children, daughter Barbara Leasure and son-in-law Dr. Michael Henry; son Steven Leasure, and daughter-in-law Holly and their son, Adam; and son Michael Leasure and daughter-in-law Dr. Renee Butler and their children, Matthew and Christopher Leasure. She lived independently in Conyers, Georgia, until May 2013 when she joined Steve, Holly and Adam in Douglasville.

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Leland Eugene Payne

Leland Eugene Payne, 66, of Ash, died Saturday, September 6, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Sara Helen Jordan

Sara Helen Jordan of Covington passed away September 8, 2014, at the age of 84. Mrs. Jordan was a member of East Newton Baptist Church, where she was active in the choir, her Sunday School class and the Women's Missionary Union.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Betty Christian Thomas

Betty Christian Thomas, 84, of Covington, passed away September 8, 2014. Mrs. Thomas was a faithful member of Bethany Presbyterian Church. She was very active in various church functions, and was a member of the church choir for several years. She was a longtime, dedicated employee of Steele-Jones Insurance Agency in Covington. Mrs. Thomas enjoyed spending time in her flower garden. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Ralph Thomas; parents Frank Buford and Ellen Ruth (Cowan) Christian; sisters Mary Beth Steele, Jean O'Neal; and her brother, Frank E. Christian.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Louise H. Smith

Louise H. Smith, 83, formerly Louise Armstrong, of Marietta, died August 28, 2014. Services will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in Castellaw Funeral Home's Jonquil Chapel in Smyrna, Ga. She is survived by her husband, Dean Smith; children Nancy Stephens, Brenda Clifton and Thomas Armstrong; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers and one grandson.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Rebecca 'Ann' Reid

Rebecca "Ann" Reid, 69, of Covington, passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at her home. She was born May 4, 1945, in Porterdale to the late Clarence and Allie Durden. Mrs. Reid was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend to all. But most of all, she loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was a long time member of Grace Baptist Church. Mrs. Reid is preceded in death by siblings Pauline Dial, Frances Sockwell and William "Bill" Durden.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Florence Taylor Lowen-French

Florence Taylor Lowen-French, 90, of Covington, Georgia, passed away on Monday, September 1, 2014. She was born on Tuesday, June 10, 1924 in Renick, West Virginia, to Henry and Ula Taylor. After graduating from Renick High School, Florence moved to Covington, Virginia to marry and raise a family. She worked for Ayers Furniture Store, and later served as manager of the Retail Merchants Association in Clifton Forge, Virginia, while completing a number of college courses. She later moved to Roanoke to become accounting manager for the J. H. Pence Company. Among other activities, Florence served as President of the Credit ...

September 04, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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


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Josephine Hyatt

Josephine (Jo) Hyatt, 92, died Jan. 12. The daughter of the late Jeff Hyatt and Julia Sockwell Hyatt, she was born in Newton County in 1916. Miss Hyatt was a member of Mt. Tabor Methodist Church where she was a treasurer and son leader. Her entire life was centered on church. Miss Hyatt retired from Macy's after 35 years. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Nana Hyatt Cook. She is survived by several distant cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Scot Ward's Harry White Chapel, 1299 ...

January 13, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Edison Bedoya

Mr. Edison Bedoya, 49, of Newborn, died Jan. 12. The son of Alfonso and Luzmila Bedoya, he was born in Cali, Columbia. He was a self-employed home painter who loved his family, his children and watching soccer games. Deportivo Cali was his favorite soccer team. He was of the Catholic faith.

January 13, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Raymond David Gordon

Mr. Raymond David Gordon, 56 of Covington, died Saturday, Jan. 3. the son of the late William Jesse and Audrey Mae White Gordon, he was born in 1952 in Chatham County. He was a retired cab driver. Mr. Gordon enjoyed singing, poetry, songwriting, telling jokes and fishing. Mr. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Jack, James and Bobby Hampton.Surviving are daughter and son-in-law Audrey Cherease and Brian Kincaid; son and daughter-in-law Raymond Dallas and Ivey Brook Gordon; grandchildren Dalton Saxon, Braden Kincaid, Presley Gordon, Rease Kincaid, Parker Gordon; brothers Thomas "Marty" Hampton, Richard Hampton, William ...

January 13, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Josephine Hyatt

Josephine (Jo) Hyatt, 92, died Jan. 12. The daughter of the late Jeff Hyatt and Julia Sockwell Hyatt, she was born in Newton County in 1916. Miss Hyatt was a member of Mt. Tabor Methodist Church where she was a treasurer and son leader. Her entire life was centered on church. Miss Hyatt retired from Macy's after 35 years. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Nana Hyatt Cook. She is survived by several distant cousins.

January 13, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Edison Bedoya

Mr. Edison Bedoya, 49, of Newborn, died Jan. 12. The son of Alfonso and Luzmila Bedoya, he was born in Cali, Columbia. He was a self-employed home painter who loved his family, his children and watching soccer games. Deportivo Cali was his favorite soccer team. He was of the Catholic faith.

Surviving are wife Janice Bedoya; stepchildren Audrey Baker and Edward and Kris Baker, all of Covington, Adrienne and Jonathan Brown of Monticello; brothers Alfonso Bedoya, Jairo Bedoya, Bernardo Bedoya, Diego Bedoya, William Bedoya, all of Greenville, S.C., Javier Bedoya of Washington, D.C.; sister Estella Bedoya of Orlando ...

January 13, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Charlotte Laudermilk

January 12, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Leslie (C.B.) Watts

January 09, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sarah Elizabeth Day Sears

Sarah Elizabeth Day Sears, 87, of Covington, died Jan. 5 at DeKalb Medical Center. The daughter of the late Columbus Yancey and Annie Elizabeth Hackett Day, Mrs. Sears was a wonderful cook and cake decorator as well as a talented seamstress. She was very artistic and enjoyed arts and crafts. Mrs. Sears was a faithful Christian and Sunday school teacher and will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her first husband James N. Sears and siblings Ruth Day Watkins, Annette Day Hewitt, the Rev. Ralph Day and Robert ...

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Faye Carter

Faye Carter, 59, of Covington, died Jan. 6. The daughter of the late Emmett and Beatrice McGiboney Carter, she was born in Fulton County. Ms. Carter was a longtime resident of Covington and attended The Church at Covington, She was a 1967 graduate of Newton High School and attended and graduated from Young Harris College and the University of Georgia. She taught at Sharp School and was a computer technician for Hewlett Packard Company.

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Lisa Irene Mallory

Lisa Irene Mallory, 37, of Roswell, died Jan. 7. She was born in 1971 in DeKalb County and grew up and lived in Covington for many years before moving to Roswell. While living in Covington, Mrs. Mallory attended Newton high School and Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church, Porterdale. She was a member of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Mrs. Mallory was preceded in death by her husband Mr. Johnny Mallory.

Surviving are children Robbie and Christy Mallory, both of Roswell; mother and stepfather Ruth Frix and John Mervis of Roswell; father and stepmother Jimmy and Jean Jordan of ...

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Faye Carter

Faye Carter

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sarah Elizabeth Day Sears

January 07, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


James Hampton “Chip” Drake Jr.

James Hampton "Chip" Drake Jr., 60, of Moultrie, died Sunday, Jan. 4, at South Miami Hospital, Miami, Fla.

Born in 1948 in Colquitt County, he was the son of the late James Hampton Drake and Avis Hinley Drake. He was a 1968 graduate of Moultrie High School and attended Marsh Business College in Atlanta. Mr. Drake served in the U.S. Army Reserve and was the owner of Drake Property Management. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and the St. Marks Social Club. Mr. Drake was a direct descendant of the Salzburger family, pioneer settlers of Chatham and ...

January 06, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ina Ellen Tanner

Ina Ellen Tanner, of White Plains, died January 5, 2009, at Athens Regional Medical Center, at the age of 79. Formerly of Covington, Mrs. Tanner had made her home in White Plains for the past 13 years where she was a very active member of Mt. Stephens Baptist Church. She was employed by Walmart for 20 years and after retiring was a very active volunteer for the American Red Cross and Project Linus. Mrs. Tanner was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon A. Tanner.

January 06, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Melba Ruth Evans Harcrow

Mrs. Melba Ruth Evans Harcrow, 79, of Covington died Jan. 4 at Heritage of Brookstone in Kennesaw. Mrs. Harcrow was born to the late J.C. and Edna Brown Evans and was a lifelong resident of Covington. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and enjoyed singing in the church choir. She was predeceased by her husband, Mr. Hugh Lee Harcrow in 1998, and is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Phil Mooney of Kennasaw; her sisters, Jerry Pruett of Conyers and Joyce Wortham of Douglasville; brothers, Terry Evans of Madison and Tim Evans of Sterling, Alaska ...

January 05, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


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