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Mrs. Mary A. Leasure

Mary A. Leasure, formerly of 933 Rosedale Avenue, Kingston, Tennessee, age 84, passed away suddenly on September 10, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl "Lucky" Leasure, in 1997. She moved to Atlanta in 2003 to join her children, daughter Barbara Leasure and son-in-law Dr. Michael Henry; son Steven Leasure, and daughter-in-law Holly and their son, Adam; and son Michael Leasure and daughter-in-law Dr. Renee Butler and their children, Matthew and Christopher Leasure. She lived independently in Conyers, Georgia, until May 2013 when she joined Steve, Holly and Adam in Douglasville.

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Leland Eugene Payne

Leland Eugene Payne, 66, of Ash, died Saturday, September 6, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Sara Helen Jordan

Sara Helen Jordan of Covington passed away September 8, 2014, at the age of 84. Mrs. Jordan was a member of East Newton Baptist Church, where she was active in the choir, her Sunday School class and the Women's Missionary Union.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Betty Christian Thomas

Betty Christian Thomas, 84, of Covington, passed away September 8, 2014. Mrs. Thomas was a faithful member of Bethany Presbyterian Church. She was very active in various church functions, and was a member of the church choir for several years. She was a longtime, dedicated employee of Steele-Jones Insurance Agency in Covington. Mrs. Thomas enjoyed spending time in her flower garden. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Ralph Thomas; parents Frank Buford and Ellen Ruth (Cowan) Christian; sisters Mary Beth Steele, Jean O'Neal; and her brother, Frank E. Christian.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Louise H. Smith

Louise H. Smith, 83, formerly Louise Armstrong, of Marietta, died August 28, 2014. Services will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in Castellaw Funeral Home's Jonquil Chapel in Smyrna, Ga. She is survived by her husband, Dean Smith; children Nancy Stephens, Brenda Clifton and Thomas Armstrong; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers and one grandson.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Rebecca 'Ann' Reid

Rebecca "Ann" Reid, 69, of Covington, passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at her home. She was born May 4, 1945, in Porterdale to the late Clarence and Allie Durden. Mrs. Reid was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend to all. But most of all, she loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was a long time member of Grace Baptist Church. Mrs. Reid is preceded in death by siblings Pauline Dial, Frances Sockwell and William "Bill" Durden.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Florence Taylor Lowen-French

Florence Taylor Lowen-French, 90, of Covington, Georgia, passed away on Monday, September 1, 2014. She was born on Tuesday, June 10, 1924 in Renick, West Virginia, to Henry and Ula Taylor. After graduating from Renick High School, Florence moved to Covington, Virginia to marry and raise a family. She worked for Ayers Furniture Store, and later served as manager of the Retail Merchants Association in Clifton Forge, Virginia, while completing a number of college courses. She later moved to Roanoke to become accounting manager for the J. H. Pence Company. Among other activities, Florence served as President of the Credit ...

September 04, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Kenneth Lanier Anglin

In a small house on the corner of a narrow street resting in the shadows of the Old Covington Mill, a child was born on a cold November day to a lady named Grace. It was 1938, and with little fanfare the child was wrapped in a blanket and placed in the bosom of a loving mother. But I suspect even on that day the people around the child had a feeling that he was special. "His name will be Kenneth Lanier and he will be a preacher" a passing neighbor surmised. His mother agreed, and so it was.

September 04, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Arthur Will Ponder

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

September 04, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Cheryl Easterlin-Slate

Mrs. Cheryl Easterlin Slate, 47, of Covington passed away Wednesday, September 03, 2014. She was born in Waltersboro, South Carolina on August 5, 1967. Cheryl was a talented, artistic person who loved to draw and paint. She was a natural merchandiser who had a great passion for design. Cheryl worked for and was part of the family of Brendale's Salon and Stuff just off the square in Covington. During her high school years she lived in Lithonia was a 1985 graduate of Lithonia High School. Cheryl was a loving and caring person who was loved by everyone that knew ...

September 03, 2014 | | OBITS


Mrs. Betty Jane Cordell Edwards

Betty Jane Cordell Edwards, age 83, passed away Aug. 31, 2014, at Oxton Village in Social Circle. "Ms. Betty," as she was affectionately known, had been a resident there for the past five years. Betty was born Oct. 4, 1930, in Rockmart, Georgia.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Joe Yarbrough

Mr. Joe Yarbrough, 67, of Covington, Georgia, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. He was born in Porterdale on April 17, 1947 to Claude and Lillian Yarbrough, who have preceded him in death. Joe was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad, where he worked as a switchman. He served his country in the United States Army for eight years and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mr. Yarbrough was preceded in death by his daughter Elisha Yarbrough and wife Debbie Lynn Yarbrough.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Joe Yarbrough

Mr. Joe Yarbrough, 67, of Covington, Georgia passed away Monday, September 1, 2014. He was born in Porterdale on April 17, 1947 to Claude and Lillian Yarbrough who have preceded him in death. Joe was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad where he worked as a switchman. He served his country in the United States Army for 8 years and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mr. Yarbrough was preceded in death by his daughter Elisha Yarbrough and wife Debbie Lynn Yarbrough.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Arlene Bishop

Mrs. Arlene Bishop, age 73, of Mansfield formerly of Redan passed away at her home Friday, August 29, 2014. She was born August 28, 1941 in Austell Georgia to Arlo and Mary Pike who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Bishop worked for and retired from The Rockdale Citizen Newspaper. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Mrs. Bishop taught Sunday school at Redan Baptist Church, East Newton Baptist Church and was currently a member of Mansfield Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling, working in her flower garden and was a gracious hostess who loved to ...

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

August 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Kathryn Edmondson Bloodworth

Kathryn Edmondson Bloodworth, 79, of Social Circle, died on Feb. 19. The daughter of the late Corrie Sullivan and the late Annie Durden Sullivan, she was born in Morgan County in 1930. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Eddie Edmondson and George Bloodworth.

Surviving are daughter and son-in-law Marilyn and Wendell Pitts of Social Circle; son Tony Edmondson of Winder; sisters and brothers-in-law Helen and John Hogan of Social Circle, Joyce and Marlin Knight of Social Circle; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

February 26, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ralph J. Mulkey

Mr. Ralph J. Mulkey, 89 of Covington died February 25, 2010 at Embracing Hospice in Snellville, Georgia. Mr. Mulkey owned and operated Mulkey's Jewelery and Watch Repair located on the square in Covington for many years. He proudly served his country during WWII in the US Army. He was wounded while stationed in France and received the Purple Heart for his injuries. Mr. Mulkey loved to fish. He and his wife Ophelia loved their great nephew and niece Jake and Rachael and loved to take them on fishing trips. He and his wife were long time members of Calvary ...

February 25, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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


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