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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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H. T. Maddox

H.T. Maddox, 81, of Loganville, passed away Nov. 18. .Mr. Maddox was a World War II United States Navy Veteran. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church and a member of the Gum Creek Golden Club.

November 19, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Vernon Lee Batson

Vernon Lee Batson, 65, of Oxford, died Nov. 17 at Abbey Hospice, Social Circle. Born in Green County in 1944, he was the son of the late Carl Lee Batson and Ruby Merritt Batson. He graduated from Greensboro High School in 1962 and attended North Georgia Technical School, Clarksville, for two years. He served his country in the United States Navy for four years and was stationed in Puerto Rico during the Vietnam War. In 1970, he married the former Barbara Johnson of Greensboro. For 34 years he worked as a communication technician for AT&T. Mr. Batson was a ...

November 19, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Kay Griswell

Kay Griswell age 55 of Covington died Wednesday, November 18, 2009. She was born February 21, 1954 in Harriman Tennessee to Obie and Katherine (Shawl) Brewer. She was a member of High Point Baptist Church and she worked at Newton Medical Center for 27 years and for FMC Dialysis for 8 years. She was a loving mother, daughter, grandmother and sister.Ms. Griswell is survived by her parents Obie and Katherine Brewer of Covington; daughter: Christy Banks of Covington; sister and brother-in-law: Lynda and Mike Carter of Covington; brother and sister-in-law: John and Marsha Brewer of Jacksonville Florida; grandchild: Peyton ...

November 19, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Frederick R. Adsit

Frederick R. Adsit

November 12, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sally Christian

November 07, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Frederick J. Grant

Harwell-Wheeler Funeral Home2157 East StreetCovington, Georgia 30014770 786-2524FAX 770 786-8545 Please publish in next edition. Grant Mr. Frederick J. Grant, 70 of Covington died November 7, 2009 at Abbey Hospice. Mr. Grant was born in Fulton County to James C. and Carlynne Jones Grant, who preceed him in death. He was a lifelong resident of Newton County and proudly served his country in the United States Army and the National Guard. Mr. Grant is survived by his devoted companion, Kathryn Bouchillon of Covington, daughters, Mischelle Grant Burns of Covington, Lorraine Grant Funderburke and Lanelle Grant Davis ...

November 07, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Clyde E. Castleberry

November 06, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Johnny Williams

Mr. Johnny Williams died Oct. 27. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Henry (Emma Cole) Williams, he was born in 1919 in Newton County, the youngest of three children. His brother Hurlon Williams preceded him in death. Mr. Williams joined Macedonia Baptist Church at an early age. He was raised and educated in Newton County. Mr. Williams enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and later in the U.S. Army, serving for five years. After receiving an honorable discharge, he returned to Covington and received mechanical and technical training at Atlanta Area Tech. He became a ...

November 05, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Anthony “Tony” Henderson

Mr. Anthony "Tony" Lamar Henderson died Oct. 28. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Prentest (Hattie Kimball) Henderson Sr., He was born in 1956 in Newton County, the third of nine children. One sister, Susan, preceded him in death. Mr. Henderson was christened as an infant at Grace United Methodist Church. He was educated in the Newton County Public School System, excelling in football. He learned brick masonry from instructor Mr. Weston Brown, and after graduation from Newton county High School in 1974, he began working as a brick mason. He resided in California, South Carolina and North Carolina, returning ...

November 05, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Joel A. Harris

Joel A. Harris, 66, a resident of Brunswick, passed away on Friday, Oct. 30 after a long illness.

November 05, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Edna Martin Wilson Clemence

Edna Martin Wilson Clemence, 70, died November 4 at St. Mary's Hospice House. Born in 1939 in Dunn, N.C., her mother Pauline Stewart Martin Cooper raised her in Newport News, Va. At age 15, she successfully auditioned for the New York City Rockefeller Rockettes. Her mother would not let her quit school. After graduating from Newport News High School, she moved to New York, studied modeling and cosmetology. She successfully auditioned again but never danced with them.

November 05, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Denise Collins Thompson

Denise Collins Thompson age 48 of Covington passed away on Wednesday, November 4, 2009. Ms. Thompson grew up in Rockdale County where she was a member of the first graduating class of Heritage High School and a member of Smyrna Presbyterian Church. Ms. Thompson started her career with Big Apple grocery store as a clerk in the meat department and continued working at Food Giant and Cub Foods for over 19 years. She enjoyed fishing.Ms. Thompson is preceded in death by her sister: Stephanie Stephenson. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Nicholas and Shelby Thompson; father and ...

November 05, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Rena Blankenship

November 02, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Earl B. Kirby, Sr.

Earl B. Kirby, Sr., of Mansfield, passed away November 1, 2009, at the age of 78. Mr. Kirby was an Army Veteran, proudly serving in the 82nd Airborne Division, and recently became a member of the 82nd Airborne Division Association. He was a member of Mansfield Baptist Church, and enjoyed gardening, fishing and traveling. Mr. Kirby and his wife, Rebecca, were also members of the Silver Sneakers Fitness Group at the Covington Fitness Center. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan Kirby and Lena Ledbetter Kirby; first wife, Patricia Kirby; and his brother, Preston Kirby.

November 02, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


David Mask

Harwell-Wheeler Funeral Home and Cremation Chapel

2157 East Street, Covington, GA 30014

November 02, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


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