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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


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


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Sheila Skelton Barnes

June 18, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Emajo A. McLendon Lewis

Emajo's family and friends wish to announce a time for the celebration of her life and her home-going as a child of God.

Who was this lady that embraced life with such infectious enthusiasm to everyone she met? Emajo Agnew McLendon Lewis. She was born in 1925, the daughter of Luna Hamilton Agnew and Joe B. Agnew, an ordained traveling evangelist who also worked as an auto mechanic. After graduating high school, she worked as a photographer.

June 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


David L. Isom

David L. Isom died June 15 at the Hospice Facility at Kennestone Hospital, Marietta. The son of Joseph and Betty Isom, he was born in 1950 in Detroit. After the family transferred to the Atlanta area, David graduated from S.W. DeKalb High School in DeKalb County. He later attended the University of Georgia, studying engineering for two years before going into the construction business with one of the major construction businesses in Atlanta. Mr. Isom later took a superintendent's job for Day's Inn building their inns in Kentucky, Ohio and other states in the Midwest. After completing ...

June 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Henry Frederick Nicholson

NICHOLSON Henry Frederick Nicholson of Covington, GA died Wednesday June 16, 2010 at his residence. He was born on August 17, 1921 in Jefferson, Ga to Henry Frederick Nicholson Sr. and Estelle Nicholson. He was a veteran of the US Army during WW II serving in Sydney, Austrilia where he met his wife Phyllis of 64 years. After the war he settled his family in Lake Worth Florida, moving to Covington 21 years ago. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family and grandchildren. Mr. Nicholson is survived by wife Phyllis Nicholson of Covington, Ga; son Robert Frederick Nicholson ...

June 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Martha C. Lester

June 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Edith B. Parker

June 15, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Aiden Christopher Coglianese

June 15, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Ila B. Dollar

Dollar Mrs. Ila Berry Dollar, 79 of Covington died June 11, 2010 at Newton Medical Center. Mrs. Dollar was born in Covington to the late Grady and Katherine Ellis Berry. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Covington. Mrs. Dollar taught school for over 35 years before retiring from the Newton County School System. After retirement she taught pre-school at Kiddie Kastle where her students were her "babies". She loved teaching and telling jokes. She was a loyal friend, a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her two grandchildren Katie and Russell and was very proud of ...

June 14, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Judy Jones

Judy Jones was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 6, 1928, the daughter of Olin Steele Bohanan, Sr. and Edna Lee Knight. At an early age, she moved with her parents and brothers, Olin Jr. and Darrell, to Stewart community. There she attended Heard-Mixon School, excelling in her studies. She was the valedictorian of the class of 1946.

June 12, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Ervin Fuller

FULLER Mr. Ervin Fuller of Covington, GA died Thursday, June 10, 2010 at his residence. He was born on February 3, 1926 in Hazel Park, Michigan to Ralph and Nettie Reagan Fuller. He was oldest of ten siblings and grew up in a 14 room farm house in Cold Water Michigan. Mr. Fuller was a member of Stewart Baptist Church and longtime resident of the Stewart Community. Mr. Fuller is survived by Wife of 58 years, Gloria Parker Fuller of Covington, Son and Daughter-in-law Keith and Vivian Fuller of Covington, Daughter-in-law Robyn Fuller of Griffin, Grandchildren Keith Jr., Cameron and ...

June 11, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Myron B. Mitcham

Mitcham Mrs. Myron B. Mitcham, 96 of Oxford died June 9, 2010 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle, Ga.. Mrs. Mitcham was born in 1913 in Newton County to the late Thomas Grover and Nancy Guinn Boggus. She attended Georgia State College for Women where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree. She became a teacher and taught at Livingston and Palmer Stone Elementary Schools in Newton County, before retiring. She was a lifelong member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Oxford and a member of the Sunday School Class. She loved reading, flowers and gardening. Mrs. Mitcham was predeceased by ...

June 10, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Carlos Manning Terrell

Mr. Carlos Manning Terrell, 71, of Saint Cloud, Fla., passed away June 4. He was born in Paris, Ill., in 1938, the son of the late Howard and Margaret (Newman) Terrell. He retired from United Airlines after 38 years of service. Mr. Terrell loved hunting and fishing and spending time with his family.

June 08, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Clark L. Gregg

June 07, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Roy Varner

Mr. Roy Lee Varner of Covington, GA died June 3, 2010 at his residence. He was born on March 16, 1924 in Carnesville, GA to the late James Edgar and Emma Bellamy Varner. Mr. Roy, as he is known in the community, was a farmer. He said, "I was born a farmer and will die a farmer." He and Mr. Henry Anderson formed a partnership known as Anderson-Varner Farms. Mr. Varner considered his years of working with Mr. Anderson to be very fulfilling. In 1976 Mr. Varner was elected chairman of the Newton County Board of Commissioners and served for ...

June 04, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Harold D. Stokes

Harold D. Stokes of Covington, GA died Friday, June 4, 2010 at Kindred Hospital. He was born on June 26, 1929 in Covington, GA to Rebie and Gennie Mae Bowden Stokes. He was a life long cattle farmer which was his passion and was a member of the Georgia Cattlemans Association. He was the former Fire Chief of Rocky Plains Volunteer Fire Dept. He was a dedicated member and Deacon of County Line Baptist Church. He retired from Stanley Bostitch as a supervisor after 40 years of service. Mr. Stokes is survived by his wife of 50 years: Opal Stokes ...

June 04, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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