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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


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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William Okafor

Mr. William Okafor died July 31 at Atlanta Medical Center. The son of Carlotta Okafor Sharp and Ike Okafor, he was born in 1988 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Mr. Okafor was a bright student and teacher's pet in primary school. He graduated with high honors from Newton High School with a 4.0 GPA in 2006. He was studying business at DeKalb College and loved playing basketball and always thought that he could play better than some of the pro players. He was a very hard worker, working 12-hour shifts to help make a change in his life and ...

August 20, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Vida Mae Smith

August 18, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


John D. Jordan

August 18, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Henrietta Hodges

Mrs. Henrietta Hodges age 63 of Covington died Monday, August 17, 2009. She was born in Madison Georgia on September 10, 1945 to the late Cecil and Clara Mae (Brannon) Thompson. Mrs. Hodges was retired from Lithonia Lighting where she worked as a forklift driver. She was a member of Canaan Baptist Church and enjoyed her flower garden. She also enjoyed her grandchildren. Mrs. Hodges is preceded in death by her parents and her husband Mr. Jack Hodges, a sister Ann Bradford and a brother Carter Thompson. She is survived by daughters and son-in-law: Nancy Rowland of Covington, Sherry and ...

August 18, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Linda Hughes

August 17, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Allene Capes Burton

August 15, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


LaFaton Wilkerson Veal

Mrs. LaFaton Wilkerson Veal, 86, of Covington, Ga. died Thursday, August 13, 2009 at Riverside Health Care. Born on December 26, 1922 in Henry Co., Ga. she was the daughter of the late Walter P. (Sam) Wilkerson and Georgia Cawthon Wilkerson. Mrs. Veal was retired from Oxford Manufacturing after 25 years as a seamstress, and was a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Billie Veal, sons Mike Veal, and Sam Veal. She is survived by her children Billie and Jim Hardy of Conyers, Janie Garner of Stone Mountain, Ann and Dwight Collins of ...

August 14, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Larry John Marchesseau

Larry John Marchesseau, 67, died in a car accident on Lower River Road on Aug. 5. He was a resident of Newton County since 1978, where he enjoyed all his outdoor activities from hunting to primitive camping. Each day was an adventure in nature, where he truly lived each day to the fullest. Larry was an active member of the White Water Men, Blue Ridge Mountain Men, The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, Griffin Longrifles and Traditional Bowhunters of Georgia. He held a Masters in Business Administration from Georgia State and retired from the DOT after 34 years of service ...

August 13, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Randle Carlton Huff

August 13, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


James Michael "Mike" Thomas

Thomas Mr. James Michael "Mike" Thomas, 65, a longtime resident of Covington, died August 10, 2009. He was born April 13, 1944 to the late Hoke Smith Sr. and Jessie Edwards Thomas in Fulton County Georgia. Mr. Thomas loved car racing and sailing, he was a loving and caring person. Mr. Thomas is survived by his Son David Thomas of Covington, Brothers and Sister Charles Thomas, of Charlotte, NC Hoke Thomas Jr. and Carol Collins, both of Covington. Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces, Great Nephews, other family and close friends also survive him. Funeral services for Mr. Thomas will be ...

August 10, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


SAM BORN

Born Mr. Sam Born, 36, of Monticello, GA, died Sunday, August 9, 2009. He was born June 13, 1973 to his parents who survive him, David and Sandra Born of Monticello. Sam enjoyed hunting, fishing and loved his cows. Along with his parents Sam is survived by his Brother Tim Born, one Niece Sarah Born and His Grandmother Mrs. Evelyn Capes all of Covington. He is also survived by numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, other family and close friends. Funeral services for Mr. Born will be held at 2:00PM Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at Wheeler Funeral Home with Reverend Nelson ...

August 10, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Tom Powell

Tom Powell, of Covington, died August 3, 2009, at the age of 20. Born May 5, 1989 in Orange County, Florida, he attended Indian Creek Middle School, Eastside High School, and Alcovy High School. Tom enjoyed playing his guitar, loved all sports, especially boxing, and was a very talented artist and poet. He will be dearly remembered as a loving son, brother, friend, and encourager to all who knew him. Survivors include his parents, Thomas Clay and Sheryl Lynn Powell; sister, Natalie Marie Powell; brothers, Ryan Gregory Powell and Tyler Robert Rowlands, all of Covington; grandparents, Nancy Louise Englehardt, Onza ...

August 07, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sandra Presley

PRESLEY

August 07, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Charlie Frix

Charlie Frix, 38, of Bogart, died on August 4. He was born in Walton County in 1971 to Lantis and Louise Frix.

August 06, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Rebecca D. Roseberry

August 04, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


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