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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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Rubena Maddox Hall Swinks

Rubena Maddox Hall Swinks, 86, of Scottdale, a loving mother and grandmother, passed away July 21. Rubena retired from DeKalb General Hospital in 1986 where she worked as a supervisor over the Outpatient Control Desk. She was preceded in death by her son George F. Hall and her mother, father, brothers and sisters.

July 22, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ricky "Boomer" Gibbs

Mr. Ricky Ricardo Gibbs died unexpectedly July 3. He was born in 1988 in Covington to Sandra Lawrence and Ricky Floyd Gibbs. Affectionately called "Boomer," he grew up in Newton County and graduated from Eastside High School in 2007. He was very athletic, playing football at Indian Creek Middle School and basketball at Eastside High School. After graduation, Mr. Gibbs worked at 84 Lumber Company and the Shoe Show. During his spare time, he enjoyed playing basketball. A very fun-loving person, he loved to dance and listen to music. He was a very loving, affectionate person who was a joy ...

July 22, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Clyde R. Clarke

Mr. Clyde Rudolph Clarke died July 6 after a long illness. Mr. Clarke, the only son of the late Clyde Clement (Dorothy Etheridge) Clarke, was born in 1933 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He received his early education in the New York Public Schools graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in Jamaica, Queens, N.Y., in 1950. He continued his education at Mandell Institute of Mechanical Drafting graduating in 1960. Mr. Clarke enlisted in the United States Air Force in April 1951 and was honorably discharged in April 1955. He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal ...

July 22, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Rachel N. Coody

July 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Nesbit L. Thompson

July 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Betty Parker

July 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Billy Carl (B.C.) Crowell

July 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dr. Harry Waites Faulkner

Dr. Harry Waites Faulkner of Covington died July 12 at Atlanta Medical Center. He was born in 1923 in Covington as the youngest child of the late William Columbus and Martha Mae Rowe Faulkner. Harry (or "Suzie" as he was affectionately known by family and friends) graduated from Covington High School in 1941. He entered the U.S. Army in April of 1943 and served in the European Theater (65th Infantry Division, Third Army) from 1944 to 1946. In 1950, he received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Georgia, Athens, where he was elected to membership in the ...

July 14, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Bernice Hilley

HILLEY Mrs. Bernice Needham Hilley, of Covington, GA, died Monday, July 12, 2010. She was born in Walton County, GA to the late Grady and Pearl Cofer Needham. Mrs. Hilley retired in 1989 after 30 years of employment with Belk as a sales clerk and was a member of the Eastern Star. She was a life-time resident of Newton County. Mrs. Hilley was preceded in death by husband: Morris Hilley. She is survived by son: Wayne Hilley of Oxford, GA; daughter and son-in-law: Judy and Ranny Peek; sister: Agnes James of Conyers, GA; grandchildren: Lynn and Rick Gage of Alpharetta ...

July 14, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Walter Kenneth Britt

July 07, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Charlie F. "Snap" Jackson Sr.

Mr. Charlie F. "Snap" Jackson Sr., died June 25. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Wesley (Jessie Lee Evans) Jackson, he was born in 1947 in Oxford, one of eight children. He was raised and educated in Newton County. At an early age, Mr. Jackson joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Oxford. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1970 and later was honorably discharged. Affectionately called "Snap" by family and friends, Mr. Jackson was a very hard worked, employed by mobile Chemical, Sweetheart Plastics, Dart Containers, Riverside Nursing Home and Mocks Pallet. His passion, however ...

July 06, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Eleanore W. Walton

Eleanore W. Walton of Covington, formerly of Atlanta, died July 3, 2010, at the age of 91, at her home. Born to the late Thomas P. and Margaret Humphries Walton, Eleanore loved music, playing the cello and organ. Animals, domestic and wild, were dear to her and, generally, all nature. She was a member of World Wildlife and a Legacy Member of the Nature Conservancy. Traveling was fun to her, and she had much time devoted to travel in the United States and Canada. Eleanore had been Office Manager of Walgreen's Southeastern District Office a number of years, and ...

July 06, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Martha Anne Tucker

July 03, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Geneva Ellis Moore

July 02, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Logan Daniel Thacker

Logan Thacker passed away June 28 at age 3. Logan is loved very much and will be missed dearly.

Logan is survived by his parents Sarah and Terry Thacker Jr. of Marietta; grandparents Linda and Dan Wolfe of Marietta, Karen and the late Wayne Thacker Sr. of Covington; great-grandparents Mary and Leroy Scott of Virginia and Betty James of Atlanta.

July 01, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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