Joy Trapp of Conyers passed away January 18, 2014, at the age of 54. Joy was a very generous and loving mother who gave her all for the ones she loved. She lived for her family, and considered herself graced and honored to have her grandchildren.
Mary Lee Millican, of Newborn, passed away Jan. 21, 2014, at the age of 73. Mrs. Millican loved her family dearly and devoted her time to them.
Mrs. Rita Mae Powell Manasco, age 83, of Covington formerly of Many, La., passed away Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Abbey Hospice in Walton County.
Celebration of the Life and Legacy
Matthew Wayne Morris, Emory University professor emeritus of French, passed away January 16, 2014, after a long illness. Born Nov. 11, 1942, in the Cincinnati suburb of Newport, Ky., he grew up in Cartersville, Ga. He served four years in the U.S. Navy, including one year in Vietnam in 1967 and three years aboard the USS Sarsfield. He received his Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Georgia in 1977 and began teaching at Oxford College of Emory University in 1978. While his specialty was medieval French literature, he enjoyed teaching French grammar and composition, as well ...
Ruth Ricks, of Covington, passed away on Jan. 17, 2014, at the age of 79. Her favorite thing to do was to watch old western movies. She also loved working in her yard, taking care of her flowers. When she was able, she enjoyed fishing, camping and sewing. Mrs. Ricks was preceded in death by her first husband, Aaron Ricks; and parents, James W. and Winfred (Saxon) Bruce.
Susan Wilson, age 54, of Conyers passed away January 13, 2014. She was born to the late George Richard and Wanda Rappaport Wilson in Memphis Tennessee on October 10, 1959. The Wilson family moved to Avondale Estates in 1962 and lived there until moving to Conyers when Susan was 16. She was a 1977 graduate of Rockdale High School. Susan was a cosmetologist and formerly owned and operated Hair Motif in Conyers. She loved to crochet and travel with friends.
Maj. Venon Harrison (Vic) Ison, Ret., of Covington, passed away at the age of 90 on January 13, 2014. Maj. Ison was born Nov. 19, 1923, in Cumberland, Ky. He was the son of the late Nick and Jane Ison.
Sara Nell Lemonds, age 76, of Social Circle, died January 12, 2014.
Elsie Eidson Crawford, 90, of Covington, passed away on January 14, 2014, at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. A native of Carrollton, she had called Covington home since 1950. Mrs. Crawford was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, Covington. She retired from Grand Union (Colonial Stores) with 37 years of service. Mrs. Crawford was preceded in death by her parents, Landis Aquillian and Rebecca McCollum Eidson; her beloved husband, Newell Crawford; and her sister, Ruth Eidson Williams.
Dr. Darrel D. King of Covington went home to be with the Lord January 13, 2014, after a brief battle with leukemia. He was born in 1938, in a farmhouse in Campbell, Mo., to Delbert and Melba (Shaffer) King. The son of a sharecropper, he was educated in a one-room schoolhouse. He often credited his teacher, Althea Malin, with inspiring him to think big and pursue his dreams beyond the Cotton Belt Railroad and the boot heel of Missouri.
Celebration of Life and Homegoing Services
Mrs. Marie Ellison Robbins Tarver died Nov. 6 in Covington. The daughter of Florence and Anderson Ellison, she was born in 1913 in Pike County, Ala. Mrs. Ellison lived in Midway, ala., for most of her live. She was a respected member of the local community and an active member of the Home and Aid Society. She was first married to Col. Davis Robbins, and they had five children. After his death, she married Andrew Tarver. In the 66 years of their marriage, they raised eight children, farmed and owned a local convenience store. Mrs. Tarver was an active member ...
Mr. James F. "Ted" Neely Sr., 85, a lifelong resident of Covington, died Nov. 11. The son of the late Fred G. and Bamie Dobbs Neely, he was born in 1923 in Dooley County. He proudly served our country in the United States Army during World War II, serving under General Patton. He was a self-employed farmer and had been a member of Shiloh Methodist Church since the 1930s. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary C. Neely and son Allen Neely.
Surviving are daughter and son-in-law Sandra and Tony Bowden of Covington; son and daughter-in-law Freddy ...
Mr. James A. "Jimmy" Pennington, 69, of Covington, died Nov. 11. The son of the late James Anderson Pennington and Mary Guest Pennington, he was born in 1939 in Fulton County. He worked for the Jasper County Maintenance Department. Mr. Pennington was a member of Zion Baptist Church and enjoyed working on his farm, fishing and hunting.
Surviving are brothers Graham Pennington of Covington, Howard Pennington of Conyers; sister Rose Mary Stephenson of Conyers; several nieces and nephews.
Leon Parish, 78, of Covington, died November 11 at Newton Medical Center. The son of the late Otis A., Sr. and Exie Cunard Parish, he was an avid CB radio operator, enjoyed playing golf and was the co-founder of the Newton County Saddle Club. Mr. Parish loved life and lived it to the fullest. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many.
Surviving are wife Rita Parish of Covington; sons and daughter-in-law Tommy Parish of Birmingham, Ala., Douglas and Bobbie Parish of Danielsville; daughters and sons-in-law Barbara and Herb Ruecksties of ...
Mr. Floyd Allen, 76, of Covington, died Nov. 9. Mr. Allen was a member of First United Methodist Church of Covington. He loved to hunt and play golf. Mr. Allen worked for Pennington Seed Company for over 30 years. The son of the late Melvin Allen Sr. and Allie Mills Allen, he was born in 1932 in Newton County.
Surviving are daughter Vicki Allen of Covington; sisters Dorothy Moseley, Elaine Rosser, Effie Taylor; several nieces and nephews.
Bobby Joe Couch, 7, of Covington, died Nov. 7. the son of Joseph and Julie (Rye) Couch, he was born in 2001 in Cochise County, Arizona. Bobby loved playing football with his brother and going to school at Ficquett Elementary School. He was preceded in death by great-grandfather Bobby Crowe of Covington.
Surviving are parents Joseph and Julie Couch of Covington; brother james Couch of Covington; maternal grandparents Michelle and Tom Moorehead of McNeal, Ariz., Solomon and Eva Rye of Douglas, Ariz.; paternal grandparents Howell and Norma Couch of Covington, Ricky Jackson of Porterdale; great-grandparents Don and Rose Haynie of ...
Mr. Robert Edwin "Ed" Hill, 86, of Rockmart, died Nov. 6. The son of the late Fletcher Bailey Hill and Bess Cowan Hill, he was born in Newton County in 1922. Mr. Hill was a United States Navy veteran serving in World War II. He was a master election and a member of Second Baptist Church, Rockmart. Mr. Hll was preceded in death by Roy Hill and Thomas Hill.
Surviving are wife Dorothy Campbell Hill or Rockmart; daughters mary Beth Williams of Conyers, Patricia Ann Guerrero of Coweta County; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Frae "Aunt Frae" Millman, 94, of Covington, formerly of Eatonton and Sandy Springs, died Nov. 6. The
William J. Macken (Mr. Bill), 65, of Porterdale, lost his battle with cancer Nov. 1. Born in Akron, Ohio, Mr. Macken was a retired stained glass artist.
Surviving are life partner David Boughton of Akron, Ohio; brothers Joseph Macken of Phoenix, Ariz., John Macken of Akron; sister Ita Macken of Akron; many nieces and nephews.
Ralph Thomas, 83, of Covington, died at St. Mary's Hospital. The son of the late Henry C. and Lilly Mae Jones Thomas, he was born in Jasper County and was a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church. Mr. Thomas was retired from civil service at Ft. Gillem. Mr. Thomas enjoyed mechanics and dearly loved his family.
Surviving are wife Betty Ann Thomas of Covington; sisters Ellene Rosser of Covington, Margret Shaw of Decatur, Rose Fuller of Conyers, Bonnie English of Griffin, Gladis Woodham of Dallas, Evelyn Zimmerman of Restin, Va.; brother James Thomas of Cumming; numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. John Ivson Wheeler, 79, a lifelong resident of Covington, died Nov. 5. The son of the late Ira Lee and Ruthie Viola (Daniel) Wheeler, he was born in 1929. Mr. Wheeler proudly served our country in the United States Army, Air Force and Navy. He retired from the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War. He also retired from Mobile Oil Company and worked for AT&T. He was preceded in death by parents and wife Janet E. Yancey Wheeler. Surviving are son and daughter-in-law Kenneth and Lisa Wheeler of Covington; son John A. Wheeler of Toccoa ...
Mr. Lenton Nolley died Oct. 19 in Newton County. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Emmett (Minnie Benton) Nolley Sr., he was born in Jasper County in 1920. he was raised and educated in Jasper County. His family moved to Newton County in 1941. He married Ms. Ruby Wingfield, who preceded him in death in 1990. He later married Ms. Ella Ruth Foster. He joined Sims Chapel Baptist Church as a young adult. Mr. Nolley worked at Georgia Highway Express Inc. for over 40 years, retiring in 1983. He was an excellent craftsman and enjoyed traveling and gardening ...
The Rev. Phillip Henry Cooper died Oct. 20. The son of the late Addie Cooper, he was born in 1921 in Opelika, Ala. He graduated from Industrial High School, Birmingham, Ala., and served in the U.S. Army. He was the first black to be enrolled in the Julliard School of Music, New York. He continued his formal education at Columbia University, receiving a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts. He received a Master of Education from Florida Agricultural Mechanical University, Miami. The Rev. Cooper taught music for over 58 years, retiring in 1999. He was a member ...
Mr. William "Junior" Jeffries, 65, of Covington, died Oct. 26 at Newton Medical Center. The son of the late William Dee Sr. and Gaynelle Brannon Jeffries, he was born in Newton County in 1943. He was the owner of Jeffries Machine Company Inc. in Covington for over 35 years. Mr. Jeffries was a trustee at Faith Tabernacle, Byron, and a dedicated Christian. He enjoyed NASCAR, fishing and working on antique tractors. Mr. Jeffries was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was preceded in death by brother Danny G. Jeffries.
Surviving are wife of 41 years Noami ...