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Mrs. Anne Fincher

Anne Fincher of Oxford passed away August 5, 2014, at the age of 85. She was a loving mother and grandmother. In her early years, she enjoyed cooking for family gatherings. Mrs. Fincher was a hard worker, always providing for her family and making sure they had everything they needed. She enjoyed watching the Atlanta Braves. Mrs. Fincher was loved by many and will be missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Olin Fincher; parents, James Powell and Martha Catherine (Guinn) Mitcham; and her brother, James P. Mitcham.

August 05, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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


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Mr. Allen Baxley Mallett, Sr.

Allen Baxley Mallett, Sr., age 89, of Covington, passed away May 9, 2014. A decorated WWII veteran, he was a survivor of The Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Mr. Baxley was an insurance executive with 25 years of service to Aetna Casualty and later started his own successful insurance agency in Stuart, Florida. Retiring to Covington, he became involved with the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary, Newton County Elections Board, Newton County Tax Adjustment Division and Disabled American Veterans. He was an avid boater and enjoyed gardening and traveling. Mr. Mallett was preceded ...

May 13, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Thomas W. Turner

Thomas W. Turner, of Oxford, passed away May 11, 2014, at the age of 76. Mr. Turner loved fishing and time he spent on his beloved Oneida Lake. He retired after 38 years of service with Welch Allyn and will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend to many. Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Harold Russell and Madeline (Grewe) Turner.

May 13, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Patricia Jones

Mrs. Patricia Jones, age 67, of Covington passed away May 10, 2014. She was born March 7, 1947 in Sioux City, Iowa and was raised with her four siblings, three of which survive her, by their loving parents Richard and Carol Stevens who has preceded her in death. Mrs. Jones loved decorating, shopping, especially at Wal-Mart, reading, working on puzzles, and loved spending time with her family. She recently started working on her family genealogy with her sister, a hobby she truly enjoyed. Mrs. Jones was of the Methodist faith and a member of Red Oak United Methodist Church. She ...

May 11, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Tanya Darr Offord

Tanya Darr Offord, affectionately known as "Tam," was born on Sept. 8, 1961, to Alfreda Small Smith and Warren Lathan Sr. Raised by grandparents Edward Small Sr. and Thelma Small, she accepted Christ at the early age of 13 and was baptized at St. Paul AME Church in Bogalusa, Louisiana.

May 08, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Elizabeth "Meat" Reed

Homegoing Celebration

May 08, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mrs. Catherine D. Adams

Catherine D. Adams, 89, of Covington, passed away May 4. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Covington, for 58 years, where she faithfully attended the Joy Bearers Sunday School class. In addition, Mrs. Adams was a member of the local American Legion Post 32. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends, and cooking for her family. Mrs. Adams loved her family dearly, and will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Herman Adams; daughter, Kaye Phillips; sisters, Doris Savage, Elise Jeffries; and her brothers, Osborne ...

May 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Steven L. Russell

Steven L. Russell of Conyers passed away May 3 at Rockdale Medical Center. He was 65 years of age at the time of his death. Mr. Russell, a graduate of Georgia State University, enjoyed watching comedies, and loved his western movies. He arranged and composed music and was part of a traveling orchestra. He will be remembered as loving son, father, grandfather and brother. Mr. Russell was preceded in death by his mother, Lois Lemah (Tipton) Russell; and brother, Eugene W. Russell.

May 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Shirley White

Shirley Ruth White, 72, of Covington, passed away Saturday, May 3. Mrs. White was born in Covington to the late James and Shirley Maxwell Hayes.

May 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Buddy Barnes, Jr.

Wayne Clifton "Buddy" Barnes, Jr., age 52, of Loganville, died on May 2. He was born in Warner Robbins on September 26, 1961, to Gloria Motes Barnes and Wayne Clifton Barnes, Sr. He was preceded in death by his brother, the late Lance Barnes.

May 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dr. William L. Dobbs

Dr. William L. Dobbs, a lifelong resident of Covington, passed away May 4, at the age of 88. Dr. Dobbs was born in Blount County, Alabama, August 20, 1925, and moved to Covington in 1932.

May 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dorothea McKeon

Mrs. John J. "Dorothea" McKeon, age 89, of Covington formerly of Tucson, Arizona passed away April 26, 2014 at Newton Medical Center. She was born in Queens, New York to the late William and Dorothea Bryant. Mrs. McKeon was a Registered Nurse and worked as an Oncology Nurse for University Hospital in Tucson for many years. While in Tucson Mrs. McKeon was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She loved history and to travel. Mrs. McKeon enjoyed traveling up and down the east coast visiting many historic sites with her family. She was of the Episcopal ...

May 05, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Oscar Stapp

Oscar Alvin Stapp, 70, of Mitchell, died on April 30. He was born in Stephens County on June 7, 1943, to the late Myrtle Kell Stapp and the late Henry Vincent Stapp.

May 03, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Rachel Garner Thomas

Rachel Garner Thomas of Covington, formerly of East Point, passed away April 30, 2014 at the age of 92. She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church in East Point. She had a very sweet spirit and will be remembered as a great caretaker of her family. Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her husband, C.E. Thomas; parents, James T. and Popie (Cook) Garner; and son-in-law, Robert Astin.

May 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Reverend Johnny Hutchinson

Homegoing Celebration

May 01, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Wesley Pullin

Wesley Pullin of Covington, passed away April 27, 2014, at the age of 82. Mr. Pullin enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and spending time with his family. He was loved, and will be missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Jerry Mathis; and his parents, David Gibb and Mattie Mae (Kirk) Pullin.

April 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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