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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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Charles Joseph "CJ" Parker

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Tennyson L. Knight

April 20, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dolores A. Jones

April 19, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Willie R. Saxton Jr.

Mr. Willie R. Saxton Jr. died April 10. The son of Mrs. Lizzie Hawk Saxton and the late Mr. Willie R. Saxton Sr., he was born in 1949 in Newton County. He graduated from R. L. Cousins High School in 1967. A very dedicated employee, Mr. Saxton worked at Dan River and PACTIV for several years. He joined Saint Paul A.M.E. Church at an early age and faithfully served until his death. Mr. Saxton was a proud member of the Senior Usher Board, a position he cherished. He devoted a lot of time to that position; in fact ...

April 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Cary W. Belcher Jr.

Mr. Cary W. Belcher Jr., "Pete," died April 13 at Riverside Nursing Home. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Cary (Hattie) Belcher Sr., he was born in 1939, the youngest of eleven siblings. He attended public schools in Newton County and joined Union Grove United Methodist church at an early age. Later, he moved his membership to Saint Paul A.M.E. where he enjoyed attending Sunday services and senior citizen activities. He was a faithful member until his health declines. Mr. Belcher worked for Williams Brothers Lumber Company for several years as an odd job maintenance worker ...

April 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Terri Jo Fowler

Terri Jo Fowler of Covington, Ga. died Friday April 16, 2010 at her residence. She was born on March 30, 1961 in Ft. Walton Beach, Fl. She had survived 18 years with a heart condition and her daughters were thankful that they had her as a friend and mother during this time.Mrs. Fowler is survived by husband Ched Fowler of Covington, Ga; daughters Sarah F. Barrett and husband Richard E. of Bremen, Ga, Rachel Anne Fowler of Covington, Ga; step-son Jeremy Fowler and wife Noemi of Athens, Ga; parents Curtis and Sarah C. Gallman of Covington, Ga.; sister and ...

April 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sarah Evelyn Hewell Kent

Sarah Evelyn Hewell Kent passed away on April 11. She was born in Porterdale but lived most of her life in Atlanta and Covington. She graduated from Porterdale High School and retired from America Fore Insurance Group after 30 years of service. For the past three years she has lived in Gainesville, Fla., with her sister Betty Beaver and her husband Tom. She is preceded in death by her husband Johny Kent and brother James Hewell.

April 13, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Simon B. Wilkes, Jr.

Simon B. Wilkes Jr. passed away on April 5. He was born July 2, 1948, in Madison to the late Mr. and Mrs. Simon (E. Pauline Terrell) Wilkes, Sr. He was the fifth of their eight children; one sister (Rosalyn Hart) preceded him in death.

April 10, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Amanda Neal

Amanda Nash, born July 4, 1966, died on April 4. Daughter of Ethelene Brown Lester and the late Leno "Lent" Neal she was born in Newton County, and she was one of their nine children.

Amanda received her early education in the Newton County Public School, where she enjoyed playing basketball. In 1984 she graduated from Heritage High School in Conyers. Affectionately called "Bay Day," Amanda was the proud mother of six children whom she adored. An excellent homemaker, she enjoyed taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, daughter and sister ...

April 10, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Wayne Kelly

FUNERAL NOTICE Wayne Kelly of Covington, passed away April 9, 2010, at the age of 72. Mr. Kelly was a life-long resident of Jasper County and a member of Christ Cornerstone Church in Covington. He retired from Erickson Fabrics with 37 years of service. Mr. Kelly was a U.S. Army veteran. He enjoyed camping and farming. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren. Mr. Kelly was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Vallie Kitchens Kelly; siblings, Martha Kelly, Colin Kelly, and Jacqueline Birchfield. Survivors include his wife, Annette Kelly of Covington; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Kerry ...

April 10, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Barbara F. Avery

April 09, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


James A. (Jimmy) Hill

April 09, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Mary Frances Davis

Mrs. Mary Frances Davis of Oxford, GA died Monday April 5, 2010 at Newton Medical Center. She was born on February 25, 1931 in Monroe , GA to the late Patrick M. and Betty Partee Laseter. Mrs. Davis was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and of AARP Chapter 2265. She was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Friend. Mrs. Davis is survived by Husband; Mr. Thomas M. Davis; Son and Daughter-In-Law; Tommy and Dianne Davis of Covington; Daughters and Sons-In-Law; Colleen and Warren Christian and Donna and Rodney Bankston all of Oxford. Two Sisters; Mrs. Ruth Medley of ...

April 06, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ollie Violet Lackey Young

April 06, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Tim Roberts

Tim Roberts of Atlanta, GA died Sunday, April 4, 2010. He was born on September 21, 1964 in Conyers, GA to James Everett and Clara Mae Durden Roberts. Mr. Roberts worked as a professional waiter working for Aria Restaurant in Buckhead for many years. Mr. Roberts is survived by his Mother: Clara Roberts of Covington, Father: James Roberts of Conyers, Sister: Kim "Sister" Roberts of Conyers, Brother and Sister-in-law: Brice and Melissa Roberts of Oxford, Nephews: Dalton Roberts, Levi Roberts, and Jacob Roberts, Lifelong friends: Benjamin Wilcox and Robin McCoy; Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Other family and close friends also survive ...

April 05, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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