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Mrs. Joann Walsh Farley

Mrs. Joann Walsh Farley, 77 of Covington, passed away on Monday, August 4, 2014. She was born on April 9, 1937 in Waco, Texas to the late Wilburn and Eula Mae Walsh. Mrs. Farley was preceded in death by her loving husband of 47 years Jack Farley.

August 07, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. William W. Smith, Jr.

William W. Smith, Jr., of Covington, passed away on August 7, 2014, at the age of 85. He was a faithful member of Greater Grace Church in Covington, where he served as an elder. Mr. Smith was retired from Dart Container, where he was a truck driver for 20 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and volunteering his time to help those in need. Smith loved people and he never met a stranger. He was loved and will be missed by a host of family and friends. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, Lula and William Smith, and ...

August 07, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Anne Fincher

Anne Fincher of Oxford passed away August 5, 2014, at the age of 85. She was a loving mother and grandmother. In her early years, she enjoyed cooking for family gatherings. Mrs. Fincher was a hard worker, always providing for her family and making sure they had everything they needed. She enjoyed watching the Atlanta Braves. Mrs. Fincher was loved by many and will be missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Olin Fincher; parents, James Powell and Martha Catherine (Guinn) Mitcham; and her brother, James P. Mitcham.

August 05, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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


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Mack Junior Crowe

Mack Junior Crowe, age 77, died December 11, 2010, at his home in Covington. He was the son of the late Lewis and Johnnie Criswell Crowe, and enjoyed woodworking, watching wrestling on television, and working on lawnmowers. A forklift mechanic, he had worked for 25 years with Lithonia Lighting in Conyers. Mack was predeceased by a grandchild, a great-grandchild, a step-grandchild, two brothers and three sisters.

December 11, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Thomas C. Bennett, Sr.

Thomas C. Bennett Sr., died December 11, 2010, at his home in Covington. Mr. Bennett was born in Atlanta, Georgia on Gilbert Street to the late Lewis and Ruth Bennett on May 20, 1929. He worked for the Georgia Railroad for 43 years, and with his brothers owned Bennett Brothers Service Station in East Atlanta for 25 years. Thomas was the youngest of six children, Emma, Jack, Marion, Charles and Earl, all of whom preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife of almost 61 years, Margaret Bates Bennett; daughter and son-in-law, Lee and Bill Wright, of Athens; son, Thomas ...

December 11, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Richard Eugene Slaughter

Richard Eugene Slaughter of Covington, GA died Thursday, December 9, 2010 at Abbey Hospice. He was born on June 9, 1950 in Lithonia, GA to Howard Eugene and Dorothy Rebecca Slaughter.

December 10, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Arthur Vason Jr.

Mr. Arthur Vason Jr., "Mr. Pig," died Dec. 7. The son of Mrs. Dora Lucile Sims Vason and the late Mr. Arthur "Pap" Vason Sr., he was born in 1951 in Covington. He and his brother Horace graduated from R. L. Cousins High School in 1970. Mr. Vason played baseball with the Spring Hill Reds baseball team and was a member of the Tommy Dawgs Motorcycle Club in Lithonia. He joined Good Hope Baptist Church at a young age and was the father of four children. Always a hard worker, he worked for various companies in Newton County, most recently ...

December 09, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Venson "Smitty" Smith

Venson "Smitty" Smith of Oxford, passed away December 5, 2010, at the age of 70. Mr. Smith started his own transportation log hauling business, Smith Hauling, in 1987. In addition, he owned his own radiator shop and built houses for many years. He was an avid outdoorsman, and loved hunting, fishing, gardening, and camping. He enjoyed watching television, especially western movies; and also enjoyed playing his guitar, harmonica, and dulcimer. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, William Arthur and Minnie Sylvester (Brown) Smith; three sisters and three brothers. Survivors include his wife, Frances (Thompson) Smith of Oxford ...

December 05, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Norma W. Gunn

Gunn

December 02, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jackie McCrary

Jackie McCrary of Oxford died November 29, 2010, at the age of 56. The daughter of the late Nettie McCrary, she had worked as a secretary for Universal Machine in Covington. She liked being around people and enjoyed cooking, playing cards, bowling and attending auctions. Ms. McCrary held an associate's degree in computer science and enjoyed computers and face book, as well as traveling and photography. Surviving are her son, Josh McCrary; father, Ralph E. McCrary, both of Oxford; brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Carole McCrary of Norristown, PA. A Memorial Service for Ms. McCrary will be held Friday ...

December 01, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Esther Brady

Esther Brady, 83, of Monroe, died on Nov. 23. The daughter of the late Willie Allen and Lillie Mae Cleghorn Allen, she was born in 1927. She was preceded in death by her husbands Joe C. Parkes and Henry Ford Brady.

November 30, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Thomas Jack Burroughs

Thomas Jack Burroughs of Oxford, GA died Monday, November 29, 2010 at Newton Medical Center. He was born on July 16, 1931 in Carnesville, GA to Grady and Cleo Shirley Burroughs. He loved people and enjoyed doing for others. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and cooking for family and friends. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.

November 30, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dorothy A. Moseley

Dorothy A. Moseley of Covington, GA died Friday November 26, 2010 at Newton Medical Center. She was born on February 6, 1937 to Melvin and Allie Beatrice Mills Allen. She was a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church was a beloved mother and business partner to her husband J.C. Moseley.

November 27, 2010 | Wheeler Funeral | OBITS


Laura Elizabeth "Becky" Banks

Mrs. Laura "Becky" Banks of Covington died November 27, 2010 at the age of 96. She was born in Monticello to the late David Woodfin and India Kate Henderson Cargile and was the widow of the late William Owens Banks. She had been a resident of Mansfield and Covington for 70 years, a member of Mansfield United Methodist Church and retired from Newton County Board of Education after serving for 43 years as children's transportation driver and as manager of the Porterdale Elementary School lunchroom. She enjoyed gardening, canning vegetables and making ceramics. Mrs. Banks was a devoted wife ...

November 27, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


John A. Benton - Young Funeral Home

Mr. John A. Benton was the youngest of four children born to the late Mr. and Mrs. Arshion (Pauline Blackwell) Benton. He was born in 1935. He was peceded in death by siblings Annie Ruth Benton, Mary (Robert) Maddox, Margaret (Seal) Freeman and Clinton Benton. He was educated in the public schools of Newton County and was employed by Hill Phoenix Company in Conyers for many years.Mr. Benton was a good, hard-working man who kept to himself. He was a good friend to those who knew him and a supportive, loving man to his family. He loved antique cars ...

November 24, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Carol Starnes Russell

Carol Starnes Russell, 73, of Hendersonville, N.C., daughter of the late William H. Starnes and Helen Hale Starnes, died peacefully on Nov. 19.

November 23, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


William T. Thompson

William T. Thompson of Oxford, passed away November 21, 2010, at the age of 65. Mr. Thompson was a resident of Oxford, since 1971, and owned and operated Thompson Framing & Construction company for 39 years. He was a Nascar fan. In his younger years, he was a stock car driver and raced in the Athens area for several years. Mr. Thompson was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his father, Albert Lamar (Tab) Thompson, Sr.; sister, Mary Allgood; and his brother, Albert Lamar Thompson, Jr. Survivors include his loving wife, Linda ...

November 22, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Dixon Hays

Hays

November 22, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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