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Ruth A. Wilson

Ruth A. Wilson, of Covington, passed away March 13, 2014, at the age of 90. She was devoted to her family and loved spending time with them, especially her grandchildren. Mrs. Wilson always put others needs ahead of her own, and she was the rock that held her family together. She enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, and spending time outside working with her flowers. She was preceded in death her husband, Travis H. Wilson; sons, Woodrow Lawrence Wilson, Douglas Herman Wilson, Ronnie David Wilson; grandson, Ronnie Gene Wilson; parents, Hawkins Seveier and Willie Alverta (Hunt) Snapp; sister, Laura Robbinson; brother ...

March 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


William C. "Billy" Harwell

William C. "Billy" Harwell

March 14, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Tiffany Warren

Tiffany Warren, age 21, of Porterdale passed away March 11, 2014. She was born June 22, 1992 in Austell, Georgia and lived there until moving to Covington in 2001. Tiffany graduate from Eastside High School in 2010 and worked as a Manager at Subway Restaurant in Conyers. She loved her friends and enjoyed nothing more than to hang out with them as much as she could. Tiffany was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, granddaughter, niece and friend. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents James and Mary Jane Warren.

March 13, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. James Thomas 'Tommy' Gardner

James Thomas "Tommy" Gardner, age 78, of Covington, passed away Monday, March 10, 2014. Mr. Gardner was a union carpenter by trade, and he enjoyed hunting and watching NASCAR. He cherished his family, and loved taking care of his sons.

March 11, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Clara Gaynell Doggett

Clara Gaynell Doggett, of Covington, passed away March 8, 2014, at the age of 94. She loved her family dearly and enjoyed cooking, shopping, exploring and spending time with them during the holidays. She also loved her two dogs that were her constant companions. Mrs. Doggett was a wonderful Christian woman and a great example to other Christian women. She was a member of Zion Baptist Church in Covington for many years and a recent member of the First Baptist Church in Covington. During the war she was a welder on ships in Brunswick, Ga. She then worked as an ...

March 11, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Harold Lee Stapp

Harold Lee Stapp Sr., 61, of Porterdale, passed away March 8, 2014, at Newton Medical Center. Mr. Stapp was a faithful member of Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church in Porterdale. He enjoyed playing softball, and will be remembered as a hard worker. Mr. Stapp was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee and Sara Frances (Loyd) Stapp.

March 11, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Archie Thomas Mulkey

Mr. Archie Thomas Mulkey, age 95, of Jefferson, passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014. He was born March 6, 1918, in Bremen, Georgia, a son of the late Elisha Samuel Mulkey and the late Attie Mae Smith Mulkey. Mr. Mulkey was a retired brickmason and was a member of White Plains Baptist Church. Mr. Mulkey was preceded in death by his by his first wife, Lurlene Johnson Mulkey; two brothers; and three sisters.

March 04, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Sharon Long

Sharon Long, of Covington, passed away Feb. 18, 2014, at the age of 72. She enjoyed traveling and going on cruises. Mrs. Long loved her family dearly, and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, Leo and Bernice (Larson) Murphy.

March 04, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mother Mary Matthews

Memorial Services

March 03, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Charles Andrew Hall

Charles Andrew Hall, of Jackson, passed away Feb. 27, 2014, at the age of 71. He worked for Evans Tool & Dye in Conyers for more than 35 years. He loved his job and his co-workers. Mr. Hall enjoyed watching NASCAR, fishing, hunting, and riding his four-wheeler and tractor. He also loved living and working on his parent's home place, where he enjoyed growing fruit and nut trees. Mr. Hall was preceded in death by his grandson, Trevor Bailey; and parents, Andrew and Marie Hall.

March 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Julian Gilbert

Julian L. Gilbert of Covington died on Feb. 27, 2014, at Heritage Healthcare. He was born Sept. 15, 1921. Mr. Gilbert was a World War II veteran of the United States Army. He was a longtime member of Hopewell Presbyterian Church. He faithfully attended the Adult Sunday School Class and church. He was a Ruling Elder as Elder Emeritus. He enjoyed working on his farm and in his vegetable garden. He loved the animals and walking. He retired from Lithonia Lighting after many years. He was a member of Worthville Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years.

March 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Barbara Ann Schemmel

Barbara Ann Schemmel, of Newborn, passed away Feb. 27, 2014, at the age of 50. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.She loved her job as a bus driver for the Newton County School System. Barbara was a metastatic breast cancer survivor for 10 years and active in Newton County Relay of Life. She was also an active member of St. Augustine Catholic Church.

March 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Raymond Carl Hallford

Raymond Carl Hallford, of Oxford, passed away Feb. 27, 2014, at the age of 49. Raymond enjoyed playing basketball when he was younger, and creating spectacular fireworks shows on the Fourth of July. He loved life, adored his family, and cherished his time with them – especially during the holidays. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Jo (Alexander) Hallford.

March 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Madeline Danielle Young

Baby Girl Madeline Danielle Young passed away Feb. 21, 2014.

February 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Katherine Shawl Brewer

Katherine Shawl Brewer, 86, of Covington, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. Mrs. Brewer was a dedicated member of 36 years at High Point Baptist Church in Covington. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kay Griswell. Mrs. Brewer is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Obie Brewer of Covington; daughter, Lynda (Mike) Carter of Covington; son, John (Marsha) Brewer of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren, Jennifer (Corey) Bridwell, Alan (Suzanne) Carter, Amy (Jason) Parker, Jeffrey Brewer, and Christy (Tony) Smith; and a sister, Bettie Miller.

February 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Mother Rubye O. Johnson Benton

Homegoing Service

December 24, 2013 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Samuel Leroy Brown

Homegoing Service

December 24, 2013 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Selester Horton Sr.

Homegoing Services

December 24, 2013 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Jeb Gregory

Jeb Gregory, of Covington, passed away December 20, 2013, at the age of 45. Jeb worked in the education system for more than 18 years. He enjoyed playing golf, water sports, traveling, cooking and music. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marilyn Smith Gregory.

December 21, 2013 | Staff Report | OBITS


Flora Loyd Copeland

Mrs. Flora Loyd Copeland, age 88, a lifelong resident of the Covington and Conyers area passed away December 19, 2013. She was born in the Milstead community of Rockdale County to the late Martin and Pearl Coursey Taylor. Mrs. Copeland worked for Bibb Manufacturing for 40 years and was a school bus monitor in Rockdale County for 10 years. She was a great cook and loved to travel, especially traveling to gospel and country singings. Mrs. Copeland was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. She was preceded in death by her first husband Edward Lanier Loyd ...

December 19, 2013 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Ruby Lee Nolley Barr

Celebration of Life

December 19, 2013 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mrs. Margine Tribble

Mrs. Margine Tribble, age 78 of Newborn passed away December 17, 2013. She was born in Atlanta to Melvin and Irene Hester who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Tribble worked for many years with Big Apple Grocery Stores around the Atlanta area. She enjoyed gardening, having Bible Studied and she loved music. Mrs. Tribble was preceded in death by her daughter Lynn Daniel, her sisters Frances Beck and Brenda Furtick her brothers Tony Hester and Leonard Hester.

December 18, 2013 | Staff Report | OBITS


Susan Gilstrap Sears

Susan Gilstrap Sears of Covington passed away Dec. 16. The daughter of Amos and Lallie Tippens, she was born Aug. 30, 1946.

December 17, 2013 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jack Lewis Brown

Mr. Lewis Jack Brown, 74, of Covington, passed away peacefully at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle Dec.14. Due to a lingering illness, he was a resident of Social Circle Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the past several years. He was a lifelong resident of Newton County, except for the time spent serving his country in the United States Navy. A very astute student, Jack, as he was known by family and friends, graduated from Newton County High School in 1957. He enjoyed reading, gardening and working with his mother, the late Carolyn Sue Digby, in the family antiques business ...

December 17, 2013 | Staff Report | OBITS


Nina Mae Burnham

Nina Mae Burnham, 66, of Porterdale, passed away Dec. 14. She was a lifetime member of Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the choir and the youth leader since 1980. She loved her church family and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many. Mrs. Burnham enjoyed cooking and baking and was the owner of Burnie's BBQ in Porterdale. She was preceded in death by her parents, Plinnie Wilson and Eva Mae (Bailey) Bowen, and brothers, Roy and Troy Bowen.

December 17, 2013 | Staff Report | OBITS


Doris S. Renfroe

Doris S. Renfroe, 84, of Covington, passed away Dec. 16. She enjoyed her job, at Wal-Mart, working as a greeter; and loved to fish, cook, and go to Braves games. She had a very generous heart, was always willing to do without so that others might have what they needed, and had a special love for children. Ms. Renfroe was preceded in death by her daughters Joyce Renfroe and Carolyn Renfroe.

December 17, 2013 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ralph Marion Hurndon

Ralph Marion Hurndon, of Jonesboro, passed away December 11, 2013, at the age of 83. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and working in his yard, and he loved his dog, FiFi. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Simmon and Eva Mae (Fields) Hurndon.

December 14, 2013 | Staff Report | OBITS


Stacy W. Lynch

Stacy W. Lynch of Covington, 53, passed away Dec. 10, 2013. Mr. Lynch had a larger than life personality and was always the life of the party. He was an avid Georgia Bulldogs fan, and enjoyed deer hunting, listening to music, playing his guitar, cooking and spending time with his family and friends. He cherished his family dearly, especially his grandchildren, and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his father, Horace Lynch and his brother, Jody Kevin Lynch.

December 12, 2013 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ms. Ottavia Dorlene Dorsey Arnold "Cookie"

Celebration of Life

December 12, 2013 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Roger Sheridan

Roger W. Sheridan, 92, of Newborn, passed away Dec. 3. Mr. Sheridan was the current mayor of Newborn, where he held the record of being the oldest mayor in the country and was a retired Army captain, having served in World War II. He holds two records in "Construction and Engineering" in the Guinness Book of World Records and was a manager for international engineering projects in 32 countries.

December 10, 2013 | Staff Report | OBITS


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