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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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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


Mrs. Cordie J. Stokes

Mrs. Cordie J. Stokes of Covington, GA. died Friday November 19, 2010 at Abbey Hospice. Mrs. Stokes was born on May 30, 1924 in Loganville, GA. to Simon and Lillie Tuck Johnson. She was a member of The Church At Covington which she dearly loved and was involved in the senior activities at her church. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, visting friends and family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was recently honored at her church as mother of the year.

November 20, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Wyman H. Mims

Wyman H. Mims of Mansfield, passed away November 19, 2010, at the age of 85. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he was a member of Mansfield Baptist Church, and enjoyed collecting and reading different versions of the Bible and other religious books. He worked for Western Electric in Burlington, North Carolina, before retiring after nearly 25 years. After retirement, he devoted his time to his grandchildren in many ways - babysitting, taking them to school, and caring for them when they were not feeling well. In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and wood work. The family ...

November 19, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Charles A. Burnett

Mr. Charles (Charlie) Armour Burnett, 82, passed away Saturday evening at home under the care of Brightmoor Hospice. The son of the late Charles E. Burnett and Aliene Hurst Burnett, he was born in 1928. He was also preceded in death by his brother Robert (Bobby) G. Burnett and step-mother Myrtle Connors Eastwood Burnett. The Charlotte County, Fla., native had lived in Griffin for the last 23 years. Mr. Burnett was an Eagle Scout and an avid outdoorsman. Prior to moving to Griffin, Mr. Burnett retired from a 31 year career at Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, where he ...

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Nellie Hurst Bryant

Mrs. Nellie Byrd Hurst Bryant died Nov. 15 after years of battling Alzheimer's disease. The fifth of seven children of the late Stewart and Phena Hurst, she was born in 1924 in Covington. She accepted Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of Livingston Chapel C.M.E. Church until her health declined. She attended Nixon Chapel Elementary. Mrs. Bryant had a sweet and gentle spirit which brought peace to those around her. She enjoyed spending time in her beautiful garden. In 1942 she was united in marriage to Waymon Bryant, her former husband. Mrs. Bryant ...

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sallie M. King

Sallie M. King of Porterdale, passed away November 18, 2010, at the age of 76. Mrs. King was born in Griffin, Georgia, to the late Earl and Sarah Lee (Christian) Harper. She was affiliated with the Church of Christ, and was a very strong, Christian believer in Jesus Christ. Mrs. King retired from Covington Manor Nursing Home, in 2001, but returned to housekeeping because she loved her work and missed her friends. She enjoyed cooking and walking, but most important to her was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren – they were the light of her life. She was preceded in death by ...

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mary Frances Thomas Mann

Mary Frances Thomas Mann of Covington, passed away November 16, 2010, at the age of 60. She dedicated her life to Westbury Nursing Home, in Conyers, where she was a caregiver for over thirty years until she had to retire due to her health. She dedicated her life to taking care of her parents, and dearly enjoyed her dogs, Joey, Judy and Jeff. She was preceded in death by her parents, Loren Lee and Georgia Mae (Scarber) Thomas. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Keith Whitehead of Lawrenceville, daughter and partner, Debbie L. Lee and Christina Lowery of ...

November 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Viola Luke

Viola Luke, 70, of Covington died November 14, 2010, at Newton Medical Center. She enjoyed fishing, sewing, cooking, working in the garden, and traveling. She will be remembered as a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and was a friend to many. Mrs. Luke was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lavada Walker.

Mrs. Luke is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Lamar Holcombe of Covington; grandchildren, Anna and Daniel Williams, Jessica and Mark Allen, Joshua and Amber Holcombe; great-grandchildren, Natasha Williams, Aaron Williams, Matthew Williams, and Makayla Williams, Johnathan and Marie Allen, Kahlynn Holcombe; 3 sisters; 3 brothers ...

November 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Roy Louis Bayne

Roy Louis Bayne of Conyers, GA died Sunday November 14, 2010 at Rockdale Medical Center. He was born on June 20, 1935 in Muskegon, MI to Glenn and Mildred Duff Bayne. He worked for the US Postal service as a computer technician and then retired in Covington, GA. He enjoyed being with his family being on his computer and taking care of his pets.

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Joanne Davis Kurz

Joanne Davis Kurz, age 74, of Mansfield, died November 15, 2010, at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. She was the daughter of the late Willie and Mary Lou Studdard Green, and the widow of the late Charles Kurz and Corry Davis. An excellent seamstress, Mrs. Kurz enjoyed cooking and loved the outdoors, especially gardening and fishing. She is survived by her daughter, Kathaleen Davis of Monticello; sons and daughters-in-law, Ricky Davis of Colorado Springs, CO, Doug and Debbie Davis of Loganville, Martin and Susan Davis of Mansfield; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews. Funeral Services for Mrs. Kurz will ...

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ted Church

Ted Church of Conyers, passed away November 9, 2010, at the age of 73. Mr. Church attended Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church. He enjoyed hunting, traveling and sports. He was the widower of Margaret Church, and the son of the late Harold and Eva (Coon) Church. Survivors include his loving wife, Rosemary Church of Conyers; children, David Church, Thomas Church, Kevin Church, all of New York, Linda Runyan of Pennsylvania; stepchildren, Jeanne Maguire, Joanne Kumar, Jim Freeze, Jerry Freeze, Judy Freeze, Jane Pagliaro and Chris Freeze. The Mass of Christian Burial will be said Thursday, November 18, at 10 ...

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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