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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. Joe B. Gheesling, Sr.

GHEESLING Joe Bert Gheesling, Sr. of Oxford, GA died Wednesday February 24, 2010 at Merryvale Assisted Living. He was born on January 26, 1929 in Warrenton, GA to Frank and Ruth (Thompson) Gheesling. Mr. Gheelsing was a member of First Baptist Church in Covington. He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law: Joe B. and Vicki Gheesling, Jr., of Gainesville, GA, Bruce and Kim Gheesling of Alpharetta, GA; son-in-law: Greg Jones of Covington, GA; brothers: Billy Gheesling, Al Gheesling, Leonard Gheesling; sister: Cornelia Courtney; grandchildren: Brandi Oliver, Brett Gheesling, Rob Jones, David Jones, Mandi Jones, Corey Gheesling, Megan Gheelsing; great grandchildren ...

February 24, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Marion Carlton "Blunk" Middlebrooks

Mr. Marion Carlton (Blunk) Middlebrooks, Sr. of Covington, GA died Sunday February 21, 2010 at Retreat Nursing Home in Monticello. He was born on May 7, 1919 in Loganville, Ga. to James T. and Althea Rutledge Middlebrooks. He was avid in CB Radio and was known as "Salem Blue Jay", enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was member of Gum Creek Presbyterian Church. Mr. Middlebrooks is survived by his son M.C. "Buster" Middlebrooks, of Oxford, Ga; daughter Althie Chambers of Covington, Ga.; grandchildren Angela and David Holcombe, Jeff Middlebrooks, Wayne Chambers and Susie Morgan, Tim and Libby Chambers; great ...

February 24, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Adam Strong

Mr. Adam Strong died Feb. 18 in Newton County. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Artis (Jessie Smith) Strong, he was born in 1930 in Newton County. Mr. Strong attended Washington Street School and joined St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Covington, at a young age. A hard worker, he was employed by Georgia Highway, retiring in 1993 after over 30 years of dedicated service. In 1986 he married Jessie Evans Jackson and became the proud stepfather of eight children. His wife preceded him in death in 2003. Mr. Strong was a quiet and loving and caring person ...

February 23, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


David Earl Hill

ed Feb. 5. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John L. (Versie Settles) Hill Sr., he was born in 1952 in Memphis, Tenn., the second of eight children. He was preceded in death by sister Phyllis Hill Boyd and special friend Louis Williams. Mr. Hill was raised in Memphis and graduated from Melrose High School. He served in the United States Marine Corps and returned to Memphis to become a certified automobile mechanic. Mr. Hill relocated to Dallas, Texas, in 1987 and Married Robin Hayden in 1987. After moving to Georgia, Mr. Hill was employed by CarMax and ...

February 23, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Joseph Sidney Garner

Joseph Sidney Garner went to be with his Heavenly Father and Jesus, his Savior and Lord, Feb. 19. The son of the late Joseph Maxwell Garner and Catherine Good Garner of Oxford, Miss., he was born in 1925. Mr. Garner served in the church as an elder for many years and served his country in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot and in Research and Development, participating in World War II, Korean Conflict, and Vietnam.

February 23, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Otis Lee Burton

Otis Lee Burton died Feb. 15. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Luther (Early Mae Bird) Burton Sr., he was born in 1958. He was preceded in deaby by brother James Burton and son Luther. Mr. Burton was raised and educated in Benton Harbor, Mich. He was a comical and loving person, always full of life. During his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and watching western movies on television.

February 23, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Bertha Knight Thompson

February 22, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Cleo Autry

AUTRY Mrs. Cleo Autry, age 98 of Oxford, Georgia passed from this life and went to glory to be with her heavenly father Monday night, February 15, 2010. Mrs. Autry was the widow of Charlie H. Autry, the daughter of William Henry and Myrtle Vestal Towns. Mrs. Autry was born in Walton County on August 20, 1911. She was a teacher in the Walton County school system and later retired from McGregor Sporting Goods in Covington where she and her husband lived after their marriage. Mrs. Autry was a faithful member of Mount Paran Primitive Baptist Church, always in attendance ...

February 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Emma Ruth Kelly Kitchens

Emma Ruth Kelly Kitchens, 103, died Feb. 15 at the Washington Extended Care Facility in Sandersville. Mrs. Kitchens was a lifelong resident of Jasper County. Her parents were the late Willie Champion Kelly and Mildred Inis Cook Kelly. She was a member of Prospect United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Eudora Home Demonstration Club, Senior Citizens, and County Line Women's Club. She was an avid gardener and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her son Wentzelle Kitchens, daughter Virginia Weems, grandson Mark Harrison, granddaughter-in-law,Lisa Cunard, and great-grandsons Max Cunard and Owen Cunard. Also, two ...

February 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Malion Christopher

Malion "Smokie" Christopher, 72, passed away Feb. 16. The son of the late Harold and Rebie (Pickens) Christopher, he resided in Covington, (Jackson Lake Area) and was originally from Stone Mountain. He proudly served in the US Army and enjoyed hunting, fishing and anything outside. He was preceded in death by his wife Jeanette Christopher, son Mike Christopher and friend Hilda Holly.

February 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Hal Bryan

BRYAN Mr. Hal Bryan of Covington, GA and Frankfort, KY, died Monday February 15, 2010. He was born on January 21, 1947 in Lexington, KY to the late Edward II and Ollie Pearl Bryan. Mr. Bryan was famed Ecologist who has worked throughout the southeast and extensively in Georgia and Kentucky. Mr. Bryan is survived by his wife, Joyce Bryan of Frankfort, KY; two daughters, Heather Bryan, Monroe, GA and Erin Bryan, Louisville, KY three grandchildren; Jacob, Joey and Julianna Quinn one brother, Sonny Bryan, Kentucky, other family and close friends. Memorial services will be held at 2:00PM on ...

February 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Faye Aiken

Mrs. Faye "Granny Faye" Aiken age 73, of Covington, GA died Monday, February 15, 2010. She was born on August 12, 1936 in Butts County, GA to Levie Alvin and Maxie Elizabeth (McClure) Maddox. Mrs. Aiken was a member of Red Oak United Methodist Church where she taught preschool. Mrs. Aiken is survived by her husband: Mr. Don Aiken: son and daughter-in-law: Scott and Robin Aiken of Covington: grandchildren: Scott Aiken, Jr and Mitchell Aiken: great grandchild: Chandler Aiken; sisters: Gail Lindsey of Porterdale, Betty Shaw of Covington, Glenda Austin of Gretna, LA, Shirley Crawford of Porterdale and Sharon Maddox ...

February 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Samuel Jones Jordan

Samuel Jones Jordan, 89, died Friday, Feb. 12 at Danville Regional Medical Center.

February 13, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


John Marion Stone

John Marion Stone, 90, died Saturday, Feb. 6, at his residence. Marion "Pooch" Stone was a lifelong resident of Jasper County. His parents were the late John Arthur Stone and Estelle Loyd Stone. He was a graduate of Young Harris College and served in the 105th Medical Battalion in the 30th Infantry Division of the United States Army during World War II, the first World War II draftee in Jasper County. Mr. Stone was a member of the Monticello First United Methodist Church, the Monticello Hurricane Club, American Legion Post 110, VFW, and a founding member of Piedmont Academy. He ...

February 09, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Marlene Shetter

Marlene Shetter, 72, of Walnut Grove passed away Monday, Feb. 8. Mrs. Shetter was a member of Woodlake Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her son Mark Shetter.

February 09, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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