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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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Inez Sears Wilson

Inez Sears Wilson, 96, of Monroe, died on March 31. The daughter of the late Hollen Sears and the late Ollie Hooten Sears, she was born in Covington in 1913. She was preceded in death by her husband Joe Veal Wilson, her daughter Jerry Wilson Morris Summerour and her grandson Michael Thompson.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Jo and John Thompson of Monroe; brother Joe Sears of Covington; grandchildren Derek Thompson of Gainesville, Fla., Steve and Robin Thompson of Monroe, Greg and Renee Thompson of Monroe, Jenny and Greg Glass of Indianapolis, Ind., Cynthia Morris of Atlanta ...

April 01, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Brenda Cofer Shackelford-Simpson

March 29, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jesse Mae Roseberry

March 29, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Elizabeth W. Martin

Elizabeth W. Martin of Oxford, GA died Thursday March 25, 2010 at Newton Medical Center. She was born on February 14, 1924 in Oxford, Ga to the late Donald and Ellen Stewart Williams. She was a member of Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church and enjoyed traveling through the United States and abroad.Mrs. Martin is survived by daughter Arlene Jordan of Oxford, Ga; grandchildren Monya and Scott Lester, Mart and Allison Jordan, Marshall Jordan; great grandchildren Kalin, Emmy, Garrett and Olivia. She is preceded in death by father Donald Williams, mother Ellen Stewart Williams, husband Roy E. Martin, son-in-law ...

March 26, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Clark Eugene Day

Clark Eugene Day, 73, of Oxford, died on March 24. The son of the late Mack Day and the late Lottie Rosey Day, he was born in 1936 in Oxford.

March 25, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Patsy Chandler

March 25, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jean Craven Payton

March 25, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mary Lou Ellis

ELLIS Mary Lou Ellis of Covington, GA died Wednesday March 24, 2010. She was born on June 20, 1924 in Covington, Ga to the late Ernest Eugene and Rosie Belle Thompson Johnson. She was retired from Bibb Manufacturing Co. and sold Avon for many years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend to everyone. Mrs. Ellis is survived by daughter and son-in-law Jackie and Buck Knight of Covington, Ga., Joan and the late Sonny Treadwell of Covington, Ga.; daughter Gail Still of Covington; sons Walker Ellis of Covington, Dennis Ellis of Covington; granddaughters Debra Terrell, Kathy Delancey, Donna Smith ...

March 25, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


David R. Little

David R. Little of Covington, passed away at the age of 54. Mr. Little loved working with his show dogs, and enjoyed reading, fishing and playing pool. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Kane Mecomber; and his parents, Stanley and Rosa Belle (Compton) Little. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Belinda and Wayne Mecomber; son and daughter-in-law, Shayne and Anne Marie Little, all of Loganville; sister and brother-in-law, Jayne and Mike Hammond, Social Circle; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Nancy Little of Fayetteville; Shawn and Cathy Little of Smiths, AL; grandchildren, Kora, Megan, Ethan and Roxie. A Memorial ...

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Emily Kelley Cloud

Emily Kelley Cloud, president of Oconee Metal Recovery Inc. and wife of Carl Edwin Cloud Jr., passed away peacefully March 19. The daughter of the late Dr. Welcome Kelley and the late Lillian Perry Kelley, she was born in 1940 in Augusta. She graduated from high school in Augusta as valedictorian of her class and attended Georgia State University, where she met Carl Edwin Cloud Jr., who became her husband of 44 years. Mr. Cloud first noticed her because of her beauty but fell in love with her after coming to know her integrity and honorable character. Mrs. Cloud was ...

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jesslyn Anne LeCoq Shirah

March 22, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


William Harold Bailey

William Harold Bailey, 82, of Oxford, died March 16. He was born in Statesboro on Aug. 18, 1927 as the son of the late Robert Milton Bailey and the late Lillie Mae Nesmith Bailey. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy White Bailey.

March 20, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Perrolyn Machelle Perry “Pam” Avery

Mrs. Perrolyn Machelle Perry "Pam" Avery died March 13. Mrs. Avery was born in 1963 in Covington to Mr. and Mrs. Rufus (Lillie "Polly" Gibbs) Perry. She was raised and educated in Newton County, graduating from Newton County High School in 1982. She attended DeKalb Central College majoring in nursing. She joined James Paschal Baptist Church at a young age. Mrs. Avery was a valued employee with an impeccable work ethic at 755 Restaurant Corporation for over 27 years. As a general manager, she was hard working and dedicated. After marrying Dexter Ladell Avery in 2003, she became the proud ...

March 19, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Robert E. (Bob) Williams

March 18, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Gary M. Darby

March 18, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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