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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. Arthur Norred Jr.

Arthur E. Norred, Jr., of Oxford, passed away March 27, 2014, at the age of 67. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during Vietnam, but was stationed in Germany. Mr. Norred retired from AT&T after 30 years of dedicated service and was a member of Lovejoy United Methodist Church. He was a Georgia Bulldog fan and enjoyed traveling and playing golf with his many friends. He was preceded in death his parents, Arthur E. Norred, Sr. and Lucile Norred.

March 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Bob Knox

Mr. Robert "Bob" Knox, age 61 of Conyers, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, William Benjamin "Ben" Knox.

March 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Gerald Lee Williams

Mr. Gerald Lee Williams, age 78, of Hoschton, Georgia formerly of Covington passed away March 25, 2014. He was born May 8, 1935 to the late Aubrey and Ethel Runnell Byrd Williams in Newton County. Mr. Williams was a graduate of Newton County High School and graduated from the University of Georgia. He served his country in the United States Army and was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. He was of the Baptist Faith and was a member of First Baptist Church of Winder. As a member of the First Baptist Church of Winder he was a member of the Co-Ed ...

March 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Kathy Coker Passarella

Kathy Coker Passarella, 56, of Buckhead, Ga., passed away on March 21, 2014 at her home surrounded by loved ones. She was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 29, 1957, to the late Charles Franklin and Gertrude Jean Pier Coker. She grew up in the south and was a graduate of Chamblee High School. And on September 29, 1979 she married Louis Joseph Passarella, Jr.. Together they were long time residents of Covington, Ga. before moving to Buckhead, Ga. in the spring of 2006. She was a homemaker who raised her three girls. Kathy enjoyed gardening, the companionship of her ...

March 25, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. James Lee England

Celebratin of Life

March 23, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Eckerd M. Hart "Toot"

Homegoing Celebration

March 23, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Emmitt Glen Oliver, Sr.

Homegoing Celebration

March 23, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mrs.Elizabeth Morehouse Simpson

Elizabeth Morehouse Simpson, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, cousin, aunt, great aunt, and friend to so many died Monday, March 17 after an intense bout with cancer that was undetected until nine days before her death.

March 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Rose Eve Hoffman Davis

Mrs. Rose Eve Hoffman Davis, 92, of Rome, Georgia, formerly of Covington, died March 18, 2014. Mrs. Davis was born Nov. 7, 1921, to the late Anson E. and Annie Maude Hoffman in Eden, Fla. She was a member of High Point Baptist Church, and lifelong resident of Covington, until 2008, when she moved to Rome after her husband died. Mrs. Davis was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and a committed volunteer for her church and community. She served as a Cub Scout Leader, was a supportive Boy Scout spouse, and was very active in TOPS in ...

March 20, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Helen Leone Paty Stamps

Helen Leone Paty Stamps, age 89¾, passed away March 17 as a result of complications following a fall. Helen attended Duke University for two years, transferring during WWII to Agnes Scott College, where she graduated in 1945. She served as a Navy Cadet Nurse in WWII for 16 months. Her father, Robert Morris Paty, Jr., MD, was Acting Dean of Medicine at Emory and Head of the Emory Hospital. Helen was born in Boston where her father was doing his medical residence, and was taken to China where her father and mother, Katherine Behenna Paty, were Methodist missionaries. She had ...

March 18, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Clay Adam Bishop III

Baby Boy, Clay Adam Bishop, III, passed away March 11, 2014, at just four days old. Adam brought a lot of people together in a short period of time. He touched many lives and will be missed by those who loved him. He was preceded in death by his Pepaw, Scotty May, Sr.

March 18, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Janie Corry Martin

Janie Corry Martin of Atlanta, born and raised in Covington, died March 16, 2014, at the age of 96.

March 18, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Carol Barfield

Carol Barfield, of Covington, passed away March 14, 2014, at the age of 73.

March 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Charles “Chuck” Thomas Cartledge

Charles Thomas "Chuck" Cartledge, of Covington, passed away March 14, 2014, at the age of 52.

March 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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


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