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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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Mr. John Kitchens

Mr. John A. (Johnny) Kitchens, 74, of Covington passed away on Saturday April 26, 2014 at DeKalb Medical Center. He was born in Covington to the late Omra and Lois Gordon Kitchens.

April 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Willie Cyril Johnson

Memorial Services for Willie "Cyril" Johnson of Covington will be held on Monday, April 28, 2014 at noon at the Good Hope Baptist Church, located at 1142 Highway 162, South (in the Springhill Community), Covington GA. Pastor Eddie J. Tomlinson officiating and Rev. David Johnson, Eulogist.

April 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Martha Laverne Mask

Martha Laverne Mask of Covington, passed away April 25, 2014, at the age of 68. Laverne was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church, in Covington. She enjoyed spending time with her "youngins", going to yard sales, and looked forward to watching Little House on the Prairie daily. She was a great mother, a loving Granny, and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Whenever someone told her they loved her, she always replied, "I love you anyway!" She was preceded in death by her parents, Willis and Martha (Maloy) Whidby; grandson, William Michael Yates; four sisters ...

April 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Danny Boothe

Mr. Danny Boothe, age 62, of Covington formerly of Hollywood, Florida passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. He was born September 28, 1951 in Hollywood, Florida to his father, who has preceded him in death, Barlar Boothe and his mother who survives him Louise Murray Menefee now of Jacksonville, Florida. Danny was retired from Delta Airlines and worked as a Passenger Service Agent at the time he retired in 2005. He also worked for Pan America and National Airlines during his career. Danny enjoyed playing golf and was a member at the Oaks Golf ...

April 25, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ms. Henry Ann Walker

In Loving Memory

April 25, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Allen L. Moore

Mr. Allen Lee "Dink" Moore, Jr., age 78 of Conyers, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley Bragg Moore; sons and daughters-in-law, Lee and Susie Moore, all of Conyers, Marty and Ann Moore, Greensboro; daughter and son-in-law, Dana and Kristopher Campbell, Loganville; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, David and Brenda Moore, Athens, AL; sister-in-law, Ginger Doster, Covington; multiple nieces and nephews; and special friends Larry and Sandra Hammett and family, Dahlonega. Mr. Moore graduated from Stone Mountain High School in 1954 and was a DeKalb County Police Officer. After 35 ...

April 24, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Michael David Smith

Michael (David) Smith, age 58, of 115 McDade Road SW, Eatonton, GA 31024, passed away at his home Friday, April 18, 2014. He was born March 8, 1956 to the late Bennie and Dorothy Smith of Oxford.

April 24, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Jerry Odean McLeroy

Jerry Odean McLeroy passed away April 20, 2014, at his home in Covington. He was 84 years of age at the time of his death. Mr. McLeroy loved spending time with his great-grandchildren, and especially enjoyed vacationing with them. He had 35 years of service with Lithonia Lighting. He was preceded in death by his first wife, LaRue McLeroy; granddaughter, Tava Martin; and parents, Dick and Eva McLeroy.

April 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Cleo Banks Jr.

Celebration of Life

April 22, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Wilbur (Piggy) Reynolds

Homegoing Celebration

April 22, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mother Sebie Elizabeth McKnight

Celebration of Life

April 22, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mother Levancy Maxey Turner

Celebratinf The Life

April 21, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mother Ida Mae Ruth

Celebration of Life

April 21, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mother Christine Thorpe Wilson

Celebration of Life

April 21, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Christopher Dylan Williams

Christopher Dylan Williams, age 18, of Jackson, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born on July 19, 1995 in Dalton, Ga. to David L. Williams and Rebecca Lynn (Becky) Pierce Floyd. Dylan was a member of Jackson High School Class of 2013. He was employed with ACS Heating and Air in Covington.

April 19, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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