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Mother Mary Matthews

Memorial Services

March 03, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Charles Andrew Hall

Charles Andrew Hall, of Jackson, passed away Feb. 27, 2014, at the age of 71. He worked for Evans Tool & Dye in Conyers for more than 35 years. He loved his job and his co-workers. Mr. Hall enjoyed watching NASCAR, fishing, hunting, and riding his four-wheeler and tractor. He also loved living and working on his parent's home place, where he enjoyed growing fruit and nut trees. Mr. Hall was preceded in death by his grandson, Trevor Bailey; and parents, Andrew and Marie Hall.

March 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Julian Gilbert

Julian L. Gilbert of Covington died on Feb. 27, 2014, at Heritage Healthcare. He was born Sept. 15, 1921. Mr. Gilbert was a World War II veteran of the United States Army. He was a longtime member of Hopewell Presbyterian Church. He faithfully attended the Adult Sunday School Class and church. He was a Ruling Elder as Elder Emeritus. He enjoyed working on his farm and in his vegetable garden. He loved the animals and walking. He retired from Lithonia Lighting after many years. He was a member of Worthville Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years.

March 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Barbara Ann Schemmel

Barbara Ann Schemmel, of Newborn, passed away Feb. 27, 2014, at the age of 50. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.She loved her job as a bus driver for the Newton County School System. Barbara was a metastatic breast cancer survivor for 10 years and active in Newton County Relay of Life. She was also an active member of St. Augustine Catholic Church.

March 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Raymond Carl Hallford

Raymond Carl Hallford, of Oxford, passed away Feb. 27, 2014, at the age of 49. Raymond enjoyed playing basketball when he was younger, and creating spectacular fireworks shows on the Fourth of July. He loved life, adored his family, and cherished his time with them – especially during the holidays. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Jo (Alexander) Hallford.

March 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Madeline Danielle Young

Baby Girl Madeline Danielle Young passed away Feb. 21, 2014.

February 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Katherine Shawl Brewer

Katherine Shawl Brewer, 86, of Covington, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. Mrs. Brewer was a dedicated member of 36 years at High Point Baptist Church in Covington. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kay Griswell. Mrs. Brewer is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Obie Brewer of Covington; daughter, Lynda (Mike) Carter of Covington; son, John (Marsha) Brewer of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren, Jennifer (Corey) Bridwell, Alan (Suzanne) Carter, Amy (Jason) Parker, Jeffrey Brewer, and Christy (Tony) Smith; and a sister, Bettie Miller.

February 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Stephen Joseph Brown

Stephen Joseph Brown, 72, of Logansport, passed away Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in his residence after a battle with cancer.

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Marcene Phillips

Marcene Phillips, 69, of Covington, passed away Feb. 24, 2014. Marcene enjoyed crocheting, traveling to the beach and the mountains, and playing golf with her husband, Dwight. She had an adventurous, outgoing and encouraging spirit, and was the glue that held her family together. Marcene cherished the time spent with her family, and will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Papa Mac and Mama Mac.

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Gary Carl Martin

Gary Carl Martin, 52, of Covington, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Gary served in the United States Air Force and he was once employed at Walker Harris Chrysler dealership as a service adviser, until he became disabled.

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Howard Spearman Haralson

Howard Spearman Haralson, of Covington, passed away Feb. 24, 2014, at the age of 96. Spearman, as he was known to most, was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Covington for 66 years. In the 1950s he owned and operated his own grocery store, Haralson's Grocery, which was located in town between the bus station and Tri City Cleaners. Spearman closed the grocery store in 1972, to join his wife, Grace, in their family business, Haralson Florist. Together they built a business with a reputation for doing more than expected. They went above and beyond to ...

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Maurice Usher

Homegoing Celebration

February 24, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mrs. Emma Lee Douglas

Homegoing Celebration

February 24, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


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Edison Bedoya

Mr. Edison Bedoya, 49, of Newborn, died Jan. 12. The son of Alfonso and Luzmila Bedoya, he was born in Cali, Columbia. He was a self-employed home painter who loved his family, his children and watching soccer games. Deportivo Cali was his favorite soccer team. He was of the Catholic faith.

Surviving are wife Janice Bedoya; stepchildren Audrey Baker and Edward and Kris Baker, all of Covington, Adrienne and Jonathan Brown of Monticello; brothers Alfonso Bedoya, Jairo Bedoya, Bernardo Bedoya, Diego Bedoya, William Bedoya, all of Greenville, S.C., Javier Bedoya of Washington, D.C.; sister Estella Bedoya of Orlando ...

January 13, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Charlotte Laudermilk

January 12, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Leslie (C.B.) Watts

January 09, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sarah Elizabeth Day Sears

Sarah Elizabeth Day Sears, 87, of Covington, died Jan. 5 at DeKalb Medical Center. The daughter of the late Columbus Yancey and Annie Elizabeth Hackett Day, Mrs. Sears was a wonderful cook and cake decorator as well as a talented seamstress. She was very artistic and enjoyed arts and crafts. Mrs. Sears was a faithful Christian and Sunday school teacher and will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her first husband James N. Sears and siblings Ruth Day Watkins, Annette Day Hewitt, the Rev. Ralph Day and Robert ...

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Faye Carter

Faye Carter, 59, of Covington, died Jan. 6. The daughter of the late Emmett and Beatrice McGiboney Carter, she was born in Fulton County. Ms. Carter was a longtime resident of Covington and attended The Church at Covington, She was a 1967 graduate of Newton High School and attended and graduated from Young Harris College and the University of Georgia. She taught at Sharp School and was a computer technician for Hewlett Packard Company.

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Lisa Irene Mallory

Lisa Irene Mallory, 37, of Roswell, died Jan. 7. She was born in 1971 in DeKalb County and grew up and lived in Covington for many years before moving to Roswell. While living in Covington, Mrs. Mallory attended Newton high School and Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church, Porterdale. She was a member of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Mrs. Mallory was preceded in death by her husband Mr. Johnny Mallory.

Surviving are children Robbie and Christy Mallory, both of Roswell; mother and stepfather Ruth Frix and John Mervis of Roswell; father and stepmother Jimmy and Jean Jordan of ...

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Faye Carter

Faye Carter

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sarah Elizabeth Day Sears

January 07, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


James Hampton “Chip” Drake Jr.

James Hampton "Chip" Drake Jr., 60, of Moultrie, died Sunday, Jan. 4, at South Miami Hospital, Miami, Fla.

Born in 1948 in Colquitt County, he was the son of the late James Hampton Drake and Avis Hinley Drake. He was a 1968 graduate of Moultrie High School and attended Marsh Business College in Atlanta. Mr. Drake served in the U.S. Army Reserve and was the owner of Drake Property Management. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and the St. Marks Social Club. Mr. Drake was a direct descendant of the Salzburger family, pioneer settlers of Chatham and ...

January 06, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ina Ellen Tanner

Ina Ellen Tanner, of White Plains, died January 5, 2009, at Athens Regional Medical Center, at the age of 79. Formerly of Covington, Mrs. Tanner had made her home in White Plains for the past 13 years where she was a very active member of Mt. Stephens Baptist Church. She was employed by Walmart for 20 years and after retiring was a very active volunteer for the American Red Cross and Project Linus. Mrs. Tanner was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon A. Tanner.

January 06, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Melba Ruth Evans Harcrow

Mrs. Melba Ruth Evans Harcrow, 79, of Covington died Jan. 4 at Heritage of Brookstone in Kennesaw. Mrs. Harcrow was born to the late J.C. and Edna Brown Evans and was a lifelong resident of Covington. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and enjoyed singing in the church choir. She was predeceased by her husband, Mr. Hugh Lee Harcrow in 1998, and is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Phil Mooney of Kennasaw; her sisters, Jerry Pruett of Conyers and Joyce Wortham of Douglasville; brothers, Terry Evans of Madison and Tim Evans of Sterling, Alaska ...

January 05, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sara Ruth Townley

Sara Ruth Townley, 87, of Covington died Jan. 4. Mrs. Townley was a charter member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church and served as the church pianist for 27 years. She was the daughter of the late Clyde and Edna Reagan Head and the widow of John Roger Townley. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

Surviving are her sons, Sidney Denny of Conyers, Damon Townley of Covington; daughters, Ramona Prince of Byron and Toreitha Carter of Rutledge; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

January 05, 2009 | Social Circle | OBITS


Mrs. Marchiena Bettie Dingler

Mrs. Marchiena Bettie (Boyce) Dingler, 76, of Covington died Jan. 4. She was born in Fulton County on Oct. 29, 1932 to the late Harvey David Boyce and Agnes Viola (Grant) Boyce. She moved to Newton County in 1975.

January 05, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Homer Hollon Sears, Jr.

January 05, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Irene Driver

Mrs. Irene Driver, 91, a lifelong resident of the Conyers and Covington area, died Dec. 23. The daughter of the late Labon Festus Gunn and Annie Lee Ada Preston Gunn, she was born in 1917 in Henry County. She was a member of Hopewell Presbyterian Church after having been of the Baptist faith as a child. Mrs. Driver raised nine children and loved them all. She is preceded in death by parents, husband Mr. Hubert Driver and sons Leon, George, Harold and William Driver.

Surviving are daughters Joyce Kersey of Lithonia, Donnie Blake of Conyers, Luanne Wren of Conyers; daughter ...

January 04, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


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