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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


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


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


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


Mother Darlene Strong

Mother Darlene Strong was born December 9, 1924 to the parentage of the late Mr. & Mrs. George (Cora) Stephens in Athens, Georgia.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mother Darlene Strong

Celebration of Life

July 25, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Thomas Busbee

Thomas Busbee, age 85 of Mansfield, passed away July 22, 2014. Mr. Busbee was a veteran of the United States Army. He attended Eastridge Community Church, was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and enjoyed fishing. Mr. Busbee was a wonderful husband and a good father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman James and Carrie Louberta (Middlebrook) Busbee.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Max G. Kilgore

Max G. Kilgore of Covington, Georgia, born April 17, 1919, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on July 19, 2014, at the age of 95. He was born in Palmersville, Tennessee, to John and Charlie Bostic Kilgore who preceded him in death along with his six siblings, Ned, Ralph (Doc), Mary, Dorothy, Annabelle and Sue. Max went to school in Palmersville, Tennessee, until joining a CCC Camp where he worked and completed his final year of high school in Powell, Tennessee. Max was a graduate of the University of Tennessee; and retired as Lieutenant Colonel after ...

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Robert Lonnie Johnston

Mr. Robert Lonnie Johnston age 69 of Conyers died July 4, 2014. A Celebration Service will be held at noon Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Calvary Baptist in Lilburn. Pastor Rev. Cavin Cawthon officiating.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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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


Glenn T. Pressley

Mr. Glenn T. Pressley, 70, of Covington, died Dec. 23. He was born in Toccoa in 1938 and was a retired truck driver.

Surviving are wife Ellen Pressley of Covington; sons and daughters-in-law Neal and Jean Pressley of Conyers, Greg and Connie Pressley of Covington; grandchildren Chris Pressley, Melissa Parker, Casey Pressley, Scott Pressley; great-grandchildren Annalie Parker, Ashton Baker; sister Myrtle Martin of Seneca, S.C.; brothers Charles Pressley of Jackson, Joe Pressley of Forsyth; several nieces, nephews, other family and close friends.

January 04, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Vinny Wallace

ello, died Dec. 31. He was born January 17, 1989 in Hardy County, Fla.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Retter Sue Price Bailey

Mrs. Retter Sue Price Bailey, 60, of Blairsville, died Dec. 20. The daughter of the late Hugh Price, she was born in Newton County in 1948. She graduated from Newton County High School in 1966 and was homecoming queen in 1965. Mrs. Bailey attended Harmony Grove Baptist Church, Blairsville, and was a long-time member of Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church. Mrs. Bailey enjoyed crafts and gardening and loved making people laugh. She was loved by everyone who knew her. Mrs. Bailey was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law and friend.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Christine E. Harwell

Mrs. Christine E. Harwell, 90, of Atlanta, formerly of Covington, died Dec. 23. The daughter of the late Walter and Minnie Hodges Ennis, she was born in Baldwin County. She taught school in Newton County for 34 years, finishing at Ficquett Elementary School. Mrs. Harwell was preceded in death by her husband Lucius Lee Harwell.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Betty J. “Mums” Westmoreland

Mrs. Betty J. "Mums" Westmoreland, 58, of Social Circle, died Dec. 21. The daughter of the late John Denham and Katherine Nash Crawford, she was born in 1950 in Marquette, Mich. She has lived in Social Circle for eight years, moving there from Valparaiso, Ind., where she worked as a school bus driver for Valparaiso Transportation for 25 years. Mrs. Westmoreland loved her dogs Beanie and Smores and enjoyed working outside. The love of her life was her family. Her husband, children, great-grandchildren and great-grandchild and two future-great-grandchildren filled her heart as she loved spending as much time as she ...

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Helen H. Wilson

Mrs. Helen H. Wilson, 80, of Oxford, died Jan. 1. The daughter of the late George and Mabel Stiddam Hughes, she was born in Ashland, Ky., in 1928. A longtime resident of Oxford, Mrs. Wilson was known as "Granny" and loved to ride her John Deere cutting grass and working outside. Mrs. Wilson loved watching the Atlanta Braves, the Georgia Bulldogs and game shows. She retired from Bellsouth after 25 years of service and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. She was preceded in death by husband Jack R. Wilson and son Mr. George Robert "Bob" Hughes.

January 02, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mary Alice Norman-Dial

Mrs. Mary Alice Norman-Dial, 85, of Covington, died Dec. 31. The daughter of the late Albert B. and Ida Lenora Lewis Mask, she was born in Newton County in 1923. A lifelong resident of Newton County, Mrs. Norman was a very active member of Stewart Baptist Church and an American Red Cross volunteer. She had a lifetime love of music coming from a large family of five brothers and five sister who were well known for their love of music. Mrs. Norman was involved in the music ministry in nursing homes in and around the area and at Merryvale Assisted ...

January 02, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Murell Auten

January 02, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Regina Charlene (Walden) George

Mrs. Regina Charlene (Walden) George, 41, of Covington, died Tuesday, Dec. 30. She was born in Rockdale County in 1967 to John Sanford and Geraldine (Booth) Walden. She attended Calvary Community Church and was involved in various church activities. Mrs. George had a great gift for loving children and was involved in the kid's ministry at Victory Tabernacle when she was a member there.

January 01, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mary Frances Tyre

Mary Frances Tyre of Amarillo, Texas, left her earthly home for heaven on December 30. Mrs. Tyre was born to Oliver and Eliza Day in 1923 in Porterdale. She graduated from Porterdale High School and became a registered nurse in 1943 after completing nurses training at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. She was a proud, skilled and compassionate person who combined her nursing skills with her love of all who lived. She was the operating room nurse in the Porterdale Hospital, Porterdale, and office nurse for many physicians in Georgia and North Carolina. She culminated her nursing career as the charge ...

January 01, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


H. Donald Wilbanks, Sr.

H. Donald Wilbanks, Sr., resident of Newton County for over 65 years, passed away December 18, 2008, at the age of 73. An employee with Hercules for 16 years, he was an active member and former deacon of Porterdale Baptist Church. Mr. Wilbanks served 21 years in the United States Coast Guard on active and reserve duty. In addition to being an avid Atlanta Braves fan, he enjoyed wood-working hobbies. Mr. Wilbanks was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Irene Brock Wilbanks.

December 31, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


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