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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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Sarah A. Hooten

Mrs. Sarah A. Hooten of Covington passed away on January 15, 2010 at the age of 93. She was born in Rockdale County to the late Frank C. and Sadie Mae Chandler Almand and was the widow of the late A. R. "Cooter" Hooten. She enjoyed playing Bingo, cooking and talking with family and friends. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post # 32, and was an Elkadette at the Elks Lodge # 1806. Mrs. Hooten is preceded in death by a daughter, Norma Patricia Hooten and sister, Annie Lura Young. Mrs. Hooten is survived by sons and daughters-in-law ...

January 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Katie Lee Jones Edwards

Katie Lee Jones Edwards, loving wife and mother, passed away amid family on Dec. 15. She was born to James Thomas ("Tom") and Nina (Moate) Jones in Oxford and attended Newton County High School. She worked in Atlanta for the investment firm, CIT, moving to Arizona in 2001 and to New Jersey in 2005, where she held the position of vice president in CIT's Communications, Media and Entertainment Division. She attended Macedonia Baptist Church in Oxford during her youth and later Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

January 13, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Verna Nell Otti

January 12, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


George Leo Venable

January 11, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Harry McEver

Harry Dillon McEver of Covington, GA died Thursday, January 7, 2010 at Newton Medical Center. He was born on April 13, 1947 in Decatur, GA to Hillyer Monroe and Carrie Lee Tolbert McEver. He served our country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. McEver is survived by daughters Tracy Kehren of Covington, GA, Brenna Roper of Franklin, NC.; step-son Jeff Parker; grandsons Reece Kehren, Ethen Roper, Ty Roper; sisters: Martha Vandergriff of Covington, GA and Francis Flanagan of Lilburn, GA . He is preceded in death by his father: Hillyer Monroe McEver and mother: Carrie Lee Tolbert ...

January 10, 2010 | Paula Travis | OBITS


Mr. George P. Hopkins

Harwell-Wheeler Funeral Home Hopkins Mr. George P. Hopkins, 86 of Covington died January 9, 2010 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle, Georgia. Mr. Hopkins was born in Newton County to the late James F. and Fannie Hopkins, Sr. He was a lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church, which he dearly loved. He was very active in his church serving as treasurer and Sunday school teacher. Mr. Hopkins proudly served his country in the United States Army during WWII in England, France and Belgium. He retired from Scientific Atlanta where he worked as a machinist. He enjoyed playing baseball, gardening ...

January 10, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


William Luther (Bill) Kitchens, Jr.

January 09, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Robert J. "Bob" Hunter

HUNTER Mr. Robert J. "Bob" Hunter of Covington, moving here 19 years agor from Sandy Springs, died Thursday, January 7, 2010. He was born in Anniston, Alabama on October 13, 1928 to the late Bronson Eugene and Anna Belle (Robertson) Hunter. He proudly served our country during World War II as a pilot in the United States Navy. Mr. Hunter was of the Methodist faith. He was a member of American Legion Post 77, a member of the Optimist Club of Conyers once serving as secretary and a member of the American Printer's Association. Mr. Hunter is survived by ...

January 08, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Dorothy Louise (Wheeler) Johnson

JOHNSON Dorothy Louise (Wheeler) Johnson of Covington, GA died Thursday January 7, 2010 at Atlanta Medical Center. She was born on September 4, 1926 in Porterdale, GA to the late Walter and Ruth (Parker) Wheeler. Mrs. Johnson was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and was a long time member of Calvary Baptist Church in Conyers. She enjoyed growing and sharing her Angel Trumpets. She enjoyed her family and her church family. Mrs. Johnson is survived by daughter and son-in-law: Sandra and Jerry Bunn, sons and daughters-in-law: Ronnie and Gail Johnson, Gary and Betty Johnson, son: Terry Johnson all ...

January 08, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Joan Riser

January 08, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Newton Jones

January 07, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Artis F. Middlebrooks

January 07, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Scott Benton Jr.

Mr. Scott "Jim" Benton Jr. died Dec. 25. The son of Mrs. Mary Dean Jackson Benton and the late Mr. Scott Benton Sr. and the second of 11 children, he was born in Newton County in 1945. He was preceded in death by sisters Artie Mae Benton and Margret Ann Holloway. He joined New Hope Baptist Church at a young age and was a graduate of R.L. Cousins High School, class of 1964. He was a star basketball player. After graduation, he became employed as a truck driver. For more than 25 years he worked for Williams Brothers Concrete ...

January 05, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Brian Keith Mathews Sr.

Mr. Brian Keith Mathews Sr. died Dec. 26. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac (Addie Lee) Mathews and the sixth of nine children, he was born in 1962 in Newton County. The family relocated to Detroit Mich., where Mr. Mathews attended Scripps Elementary School, Foch Middle School and two years at Southeastern High School. He returned to his hometown and graduated from Newton County High School. He married Vanessa Barnes and then had a son Brian Mathews Jr. Mr. Mathews worked for Foamex and for SAIA Motor Freight for more than five years and received several accolades and safe ...

January 05, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Eddie L. Byrd

Eddie L. Byrd, of Conyers, passed away Jan. 1. after battling Leukemia AML for four months. He was born in Porum, Okla., in 1935, honorably discharged from the U.S. Army and graduated from Northeastern State College, Tahlequah, Okla., with a double major. He was married to the former Gerre Gale Engard of Tulsa, Okla., and transferred with Texaco to Georgia in 1971 and was a resident of Conyers for 27 years. He was preceded by his daughter Annie (Ann Elizabeth Byrd) and his parents Everett and Irene Tarkington Byrd.

January 05, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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