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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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Mrs. Era Gladys Reed

Era Gladys Reed of Covington, GA died Wednesday June 2, 2010 at Newton Medical Center. She was born on May 5, 1916 in Atlanta, Ga to Thomas and Ola Harris Drake. Mrs. Reed was a life time resident of Newton County, was a member of Love Joy United Methodist Church, and worked at Pool's Shoe Store for many years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Mrs. Reed is survived by son Dell Reed of Covington, Ga; son and daughter-in-law Marcus and Sandra Reed of Jefferson City, Tn; daughter and son-in-law Fay and Rev. Johnny Curry of ...

June 03, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Myrtle House

Mrs. Myrtle House of Porterdale, GA died Monday May 31, 2010. She was born on May 20, 1925 in Covington, GA to the late Emmett and Winnie Parish. Mrs. House enjoyed fishing and watching her grandchildren play ball. She worked for 30 years with Bibb Manufacturing in Porterdale. Mrs. House is survived by; her Sons, Ronny House of Porterdale and Alan House of Conyers, Daughter and Son-in-law, Brenda and Tony Moon of Mansfield, 9 Grandchildren, 12 Great Grandchildren. She is also survived by four sisters, Mildred Walden, Sarah Bohannon, Tiny Ellis and Judy Allen all of Covington two brothers Walker ...

June 01, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mary Jo Hampton

Mrs. Mary Jo Almand Hampton, 90 of Covington died May 31, 2010 at her residence. Mrs. Hampton was born in Rockdale County to the late John Zack and Myrtle Sims Almand. She attended Georgia Tech and Georgia State College for Women. During World War II she repaired rotary aircraft engines in Warner Robbins, Ga. and developed a technique to repair these engines quicker. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She is predeceased by her loving husband of 70 years, William Dale Hampton, Sr., brothers Max Almand and Jake Almand, sisters Beth Almand Tuggle and Pie Almand ...

June 01, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Willie “Bill” Perry

Mr. Willie "Bill" Perry died May 16. He was born in Jasper County in 1928, the son of the late Mr. Perry and Ms. Lena Benton. He was one of four children and was preceded in death by his siblings: Pearl Strong, Johnny Lee Cooksey and Grace Perry. Mr. Perry grew up in Newton County. At a young age he joined Betha Bara Baptist Church. He served in the United States Army and worked for Hercules and Miami Stone, a devoted employee. Mr. Perry was the proud father of five children. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing. He had ...

May 27, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Carolyn J. Cook

May 27, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Kathleen Y. Wales

May 25, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ardell Payne

May 25, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Johnnie Regious Ozburn

May 21, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Lamar Jackson Abbott, Sr.

Mr. Lamar Jackson Abbott, Sr. of McDonough, GA died Wednesday May 19, 2010 at Riverside Healthcare in Covington. He was born on December 30, 1922 in Barnesville, Ga to the late Andrew Jackson and Mittie Barksdale Abbott. Mr. Abbott loved farming and his dogs,especially Toby. He retired from J.M. Clayton Company in 1985 and was a member of I.B.E.W. local 613 for over 60 years. Mr. Abbott was preceded in death by his Wife Mrs. Gladys Daniel Abbott. Mr. Abbott Sr. is survived by; Sons and Daughter-in-law Lamar J. and Lee Ann Abbott Jr., Billy ...

May 20, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Judith B. "Judy" Jones

Mrs. Judith B. "Judy" Jones of Covington, GA died Tuesday May 18, 2010 at Newton Medical Center. She was born on October 6, 1928 in Detriot , MI to Olin Steele and Edna Lee Dingler Bohanan. Mrs. Jones worked with Key Realty as a broker for many years and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Covington. Mrs. Jones is survived by Daughter and Son-in-law Kim and Sigurd Lee of Marietta, Sons and Daughters-in-law Greg and Robin Jones of Valdese North Carolina, Jeff and Rhonda Jones of Hollis, Alaska 14 Grandchildren; Anna and Rob Uniacke, Rachel Lee, Wyatt Lee ...

May 20, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Frances Wander

Mrs. Frances Wander of Oxford, GA went home to Jesus while surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday May 18, 2010 at Newton Medical Center. She was born on February 23, 1920 in Rosebud Community of Rockdale County, to the late Andrew MacDonald and Etta Mann Griffin. Mrs. Wander was a longtime member of North Covington United Methodist Church and attended The Church at Covington for many years. Mrs. Wander is survived by Daughters and Sons-in-law; Jeanette Turner of Oxford, Dorothy Jean and Danny Wyatt of Tifton, Shirley and Bruce Pachie of Middletown,California 6 Grandchildren; Gwen Wells, Dawn Malcolm ...

May 19, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Nancy Elizabeth Jackson

Nancy Elizabeth Jackson, 33, died May 16 at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta.

May 18, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mary Lou Walker

Mrs. Mary Lou Walker of Covington, GA died Monday May 17, 2010 at Walton Regional Medical Center. She was born on February 6, 1923 in Atlanta, GA to James Henry and Fannie Pearl Williams Hutchinson. Mrs. Walker worked for many years as a bookkeeper for Kitchens and Haney Tire Company; she was of Christian faith and a member of Brown Bridge Christian Church and was formerly a member of Mount Carmel Christian Church. Mrs. Walker, known as Honey by those who loved her is survived by; Daughter and Son-in-law Patricia and Rudy Miller of Covington, Sister Louise Kelly of Conyers ...

May 18, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ed Martin

Mr. Ed Martin of Oxford passed away May 16, 2010 at Newton Medical Center at the age of 64. A life long resident of Newton County, he was born in Covington to the late Ollie Eugene and Mary Alice (Owens) Martin. Mr. Martin purchased City Motors from E.J. Shannon, which he owned and operated for 4 years, and had also owned and operated Pure Oil Station on Hwy. 278 for a number of years. He enjoyed racing go-carts, drag racing and was a member of Georgia Rail. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving with the ...

May 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mary Moss

Mary Moss, 91, of Social Circle, died on May 13. She was born in Greenville, Tenn. on March 5, 1919 to the late Walter Ball and the late Lillie Brown Ball. She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Elder Albert Clayton Moss, Sr.

May 15, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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