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Hattie Mae Smith

Hattie Mae Smith, age 74, of Peoria passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017 at UnityPoint Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

May 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


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Charles (Ricky) Aycox

Charles (Ricky) Aycox, of Covington, passed away Jan. 20, 2017, at the age of 68. Mr. Aycox was a hard-working family man. He adored his children and considered them to be the love of his life. Mr. Aycox took great delight in coaching his kids on the ballfield, and giving them life advice. He was an avid Tech fan, and also enjoyed watching wrestling with Timothy and Melanie. Preceding him in death were his parents, Edward and Nell (Kenney) Aycox.

January 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Rose Marie Watson

Rose Marie Watson, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at the age of 89. Mrs. Watson, trained as a registered nurse, was a member of the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary and the Newton County Public Library. Additionally, she dedicated time to the Covington Woman's Club, as well as various bridge and garden clubs. Mrs. Watson had a gift for needlework – winning awards for different projects. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Vernon Watson; parents, Martin J. and Catherine (Muggenthaler) Smith.

January 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Shirley P. Sheridan

Shirley P. Sheridan, of Newborn, passed away Jan. 13, 2017, at the age of 94. In addition to the Pine Grove Ladies Club, Mrs. Sheridan was a member of the Covington Service Guild for more than 20 years, and the Newton County Hospital Auxiliary - with more than 5,500 hours of volunteer work. Mrs. Sheridan was a member of Newborn United Methodist Church. She loved playing bridge, and could be found climbing trees at Arbor Day celebrations in Newborn. Mrs. Sheridan lived all over the world, and taught many years as an elementary school teacher in several school systems across ...

January 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Quintin J. Longs

Quintin J. Longs, 59 of South Bend passed away Monday Jan. 16, 2017 at home. A visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 27 at Family Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. The service will be held Saturday, Jan. 28 at Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church at 11 a.m. with visitation an hour before the service. Quinn was born in Benton Harbor and professed His hope in Christ at an early age under the leadership of the late Rev Milton P. McAfee.

January 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Leila I. (Thomas) Wilhelm

Leila I. (Thomas) Wilhelm, 73, of Cross Hill, South Carolina, formerly of Covington; passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at Self Regional Medical Center in Greenwood, South Carolina. She was born in Acworth to the late James Thomas and Marie T. Donald. Leila was a loving wife, mother and Maw Maw. She enjoyed sewing, her church activities, cooking and flower gardening. Leila would help anyone in need and was a true "Good Samaritan". She was the backbone of her family and loved them more than anything. Leila is preceded in death by her mother Marie T. Donald and daughter, Kimberly ...

January 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Andrew Gaither Jr.

Celebration of Life

January 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Margaret Dimsdale

Margaret Dimsdale, of Covington, passed away Jan. 13, 2017, at the age of 71. Margaret loved her church, her family and her friends. Ronnie and Margaret were married for 45 years - on their way to forever together. She was preceded in death by her father, Jesse Marion Malcolm.

January 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Vilma Ansley (Bim) Meyer

Vilma Ansley (Bim) Meyer, of Oxford, passed away peacefully in her sleep, Jan. 11, 2017, at 89 years of age. A native of Atlanta, Mrs. Meyer was a teacher with the Newton County Department of Education from 1950 to 1969, at which time she retired for health reasons. During her adult years, she enjoyed playing tennis, traveling and playing bridge. Mrs. Meyer shared her love of bridge when writing a column in The Covington News, aptly titled, "Bridge by Bim." She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Mary (Hilley) Ansley.

January 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Gladys Smith

Gladys Smith, of Covington, passed away Jan. 7, 2017, at the age of 87. She had been a member of Victory Tabernacle Church in Conyers, where she was active in the Senior's Ministry. Mrs. Smith was retired from IPD Printing Company - she worked in bindery for 20 years. She enjoyed cooking, camping and visiting with family and friends. Mrs. Smith loved her friends and family, and she was very proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death was her husband of 68 years, William W. Smith, Jr.; parents, Farris and Eula Brown; brothers, Robert Brown, Tommy ...

January 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Melinda Gail Lynn Griffith

Melinda Gail Lynn Griffith, age 66, of Mansfield, passed away on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro.

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Clara Ruth Almond

Clara Ruth Almond, of Covington, passed away Jan. 6, 2017, at the age of 78. Mrs. Almond, a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church, adored her church and her church family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Mrs. Almond did beautiful cross-stitching - The Last Supper was her final piece. Additionally, she enjoyed gospel music and working crossword puzzles. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Leah Ruth Almond; parents, Rufus H. and Martha (Edwards) Bonner; brother, Hugh Bonner.

January 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Edward Dean ‘Eddie’ Miller

Mr. Edward Dean 'Eddie' Miller, age 60, of Covington, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellie and James Miller and sister, Dianne Offutt. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Miller; daughters and sons-in-law, Tiffany and Bill Bates, Jessi and Tyler Meeks, Lindsay and Spencer Barker, Tracy and Derrick Parrish; son, Ashton Miller; grandchildren, Landyn Millard, Talyn Millard, River Bates, Autumn Parrish, Austin Parrish, Alex Parrish, Avery Parrish; sister, Vickie Miller Hinton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Allen Miller, Charles and Brenda Watson, Jimmy and Connie Watson. Mr. Miller was an entrepreneur with a successful ...

January 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Mother Jessie Mae Banks Lightfoot

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

January 05, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Mr. Stanley Edwards, Sr

Mr. Stanley Edwards, Sr., age 72, of Covington passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017. He was born February 11, 1944 in the Stewart Community of Newton County to Hollis and Lois Fincher Edwards who have preceded him in death. Stanley grew up in the Stewart Community playing baseball for the Stewart Baseball team where he exceled as a pitcher. He went to work for the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier and was employed there for thirty plus years. Stanley worked for a brief time at the Covington Mill and was elected to serve on the Newton County ...

January 05, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Lamar Sowell

Lamar Sowell of Mansfield, passed away January 2, 2017, following a brief illness. He was 88 years of age at the time of his death. Son of the late, Isaac "Ike" Lamar Sowell, Sr. and Martha Belle Duke Sowell, Lamar was born December 16, 1928 in McDonough, GA. Lamar moved to Covington as a young boy, where he later met and married Barbara Penn Sowell, his wife of 60 years. He was a life-long member of Bethany Baptist Church in McDonough and attended Mansfield Baptist Church. Lamar served on the Covington City Council in the early seventies, and was on ...

January 04, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


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