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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


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


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Johnny Brown Reid

Mr. Johnny Brown Reid died Aug. 28. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Major (Leola Delaney) Reid, he was born in Putnam County, one of six children. He was preceded in death by siblings Robert, Earnest "Hump," Eddie and Rever Mae. Mr. Reid grew up in Putnam County. His family moved to Social Circle when he was young, and there he joined Graves Chapel A.M.E. Church. He became an active member serving as a trustee and as a member of the male chorus. He was married to Martha Mae Moses Reid who, after 27 years of ...

September 07, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Camille Durden McWilliams

Camille Durden McWilliams died Sept. 1. She was born in 1944 in Covington, the daughter of the late Elder Nehemiah and Eula Durden. Early in life she joined Bethlehem Baptist Church where she was an active member until her death. Mrs. McWilliams was a graduate of Washington Street School and R.L. Cousins High School. She held a Bachelor of Arts from Spelman College, a Master of Arts from Atlanta University and a Specialist in Education from Georgia State University. She taught science in Hillsborough County, Fla., and in Newton County. She was an assistant principal at Sharp Middle School ...

September 07, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


John Christopher Dillard

John Christopher Dillard, 57, of Monticello, died Aug. 31 at Jasper Memorial Hospital. Mr. Dillard was born in Stone Mountain. His parents were the late John Samuel Dillard and Melva Driver Dillard. He lived in Gwinnett County for a number of years before moving to the Jackson Lake area three years ago. He was a bus driver for Newton County Transportation. Prior to his job as a bus driver, John was a builder for 37 years for Almont Homes in Gwinnett County. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding his Harley, wood carving and living on the lake.

September 07, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Paul L. Draeger

Mr. Paul L. Draeger, 59 of Social Circle passed away Thursday September 2, 2010 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. Mr. Draeger was preceeded in death by his mother Joyce Draeger and his father in law Larry Beier. He is survived by his wife Cindy Draeger, his father Paul C. Draeger of Woodruff, WI., his son Brandon Draeger of Newberry, SC., daughter and son in law Jessica Draeger and Tony Chapman II, also of Newberry, SC., his mother in law Mildred Beier of Social Circle, sister in law and brother in law Carol and Danny Potter of Oxford and special ...

September 02, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ruth Evelyn Barrett Wiggins

Ruth E. Wiggins, 87, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on August 28. Mrs. Wiggins, the daughter of the late Chester and Ethel Holcomb Capell of Porterdale, was born in Arabi in 1923. She was preceded in death by husbands Robert Eugene Barrett Sr. and Sultan Wiggins, her son Robert Eugene Barrett Jr. and sisters Lucy Savage and Lillian Willis. She always had a loving and warm personality which she balanced with a firm and gentle honesty. With the support of her first husband, Gene, she completed her GED and went on to graduate from Crandall ...

August 31, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ted W. Chancey

August 28, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Carrie Jean Duncan-Skerrett

Carrie Jean Duncan-Skerrett, 55, wife of Phillip V. Skerrett Jr., passed on Aug. 20.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 29 at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist church, 3465 Old Selma Road, Montgomery, Ala., with the Rev. William Bradford officiating. A repast will be at the church after services. Interment will be at Kindle Cemetery, Ashley Road, Montgomery.

August 26, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Charlotte E. Ingram

Mrs. Charlotte E. Ingram, 61 of Mansfield, Ga. died Thursday August 26, 2010 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. Mrs. Ingram was born in Atlanta to Elzie and Rosie Smith Bowen. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Rev. Gary Ingram, Sr. mother Mrs. Rosie Gearin of Cumming, Ga. and her children Toie White of Nashville, TN, Gary Ingram, Jr. of Newnan, Ga., Stephanie Keeton of Covington, Shanna Ingram of Chattanooga, TN., Michelle & Barry Patterson of Griffin, Ga., Douglas & Tara Robinson of Covington, Kim & Frank Chapman of Newnan, Mickey & Mary Smith of Baltimore, MD., sisters Sandra & Roy Rodgers ...

August 26, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


James Thomas Duke

August 25, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Joyce Sanders

Joyce Sanders, of Oxford, died Thursday, Aug. 19, at her residence. She was born on Sept. 18, 1938, in Porterdale to Horace E. and Margie Mitchum Johnson. She was a life-long resident of Newton County.

August 21, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Virginia M. Kursaitis

August 20, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


William "Billy" E. Bond

August 19, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Annie F. Robinson

Mrs. Annie F. Robinson died Aug. 9. She was born in 1931 in Jasper County, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James (Thelma) Manuel and the second of nine children. She was preceded in death by brothers Lester Manuel and Henry jack Manuel and her husband Mr. Jimmie Robinson Sr. Mrs. Robinson was educated in Newton County public school and attended Carver Vocational School in Atlanta and became a CNA. She subsequently received a license in cosmetology. She was an excellent beautician who styled hair for over 50 years. At a young age, she joined Union Grove United ...

August 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Milton A. McLaney ("Coach Mac")

August 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Murice A. Granger

Mrs. Murice A. Granger, 85 of Covington died August 14, 2010 at her residence. Mrs. Granger had lived in the Covington area for the last three years after moving from Decatur. She was born in McDuffie County Georgia to the late George & Ruth Waters Agee. She attended Oak Hill Methodist Church in Decatur and was retired from Manning & Leipold Law Firm. She was predeceased by her son George Granger and is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Teri & Arculo Tupin of Sarasota, Fl., sisters Janet & Joe Cawley of Augusta, Vivian & Don Helm of Covington, Ressie Nay of Helena, Montana, several ...

August 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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