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John Middleton

Mr. John Raymond Middleton, 62, of Winston-Salem passed away Monday, February 16, 2015 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He was born November 15, 1952 in Fairfax County, Virginia to George and Jimmie Weisner Middleton. John received his undergraduate degree from VCU and his Master's Degree from Wake Forest University. Formerly from Davidson County, he moved to Georgia where he worked with Service Master Corporation for 22 years. He then worked for Newton County from March 2000 as the Finance Director until his retirement in September 2014 as the County Manager. While working for Newton County, John touched ...

February 25, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Carey Lee Gaither

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

February 24, 2015 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Carey Lee Gaither

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

February 24, 2015 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Brenda P. Sweat

Mrs. Brenda P. Sweat, age 74, of Covington, passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2015. She was born December 17, 1940 in Covington to Kermit and Jeanette Calvert Pratt who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Sweat worked for the City of Covington for many years and was a retired purchasing agent for DeKalb County. She was a member of County Line Baptist Church and was an avid reader, a seamstress and a gourmet cook. Mrs. Sweat was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was preceded in death by her brother Kermit Eugene and Mary Jo Pratt.

February 18, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dorothy ‘Dot’ Johnston

Dorothy "Dot" Johnston, of Mansfield, passed away February 16, 2015 at Riverside Health Care Center. She was 92 years of age at the time of her death. After attending business school, Dot worked for Southern Railway in Atlanta for 8 years. She was married for 59 years, 22 years to Ralph Johnson and 37 years to Lt. Col. Charles Johnston. Dot resided in Mansfield for 46 years in the home built by her first husband, Ralph. She had the opportunity to travel around the world with her second husband, Charlie. Dot was a long-time member of Covington First United Methodist ...

February 17, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Nell Pennington Blair Mundy

Nell Pennington Blair Mundy of Covington passed away February 15, 2015. She was 98, her birthday being December 11, 1916. The daughter of W.B.R. Pennington and Annie Gay Pennington, she graduated from high school and business school. Mrs. Mundy moved to Atlanta and was employed by Atlanta Pharmaceutical Company and thirty years with Scott Paper Company. Back in Covington, she transferred her membership to the Covington First United Methodist Church, where she had been baptized and married. During this time Mrs. Mundy was the President of the United Methodist Churchwomen, an Administrative Board member, Callie Cohen Circle, and ...

February 16, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sidney Wallace Denny

Sidney Wallace Denny, age 71, of McDonough died Friday, February 13, 2015. He was born in Porterdale to John W. and Sara Ruth Denny. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Townley. After his time spent with the Navy SeaBees, he worked for the United States Postal Service for over 30 years. After retirement he started his own heating and air company, All Air, Inc.

February 16, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ms. Tiki Shamette Chaney

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

February 16, 2015 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


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Henry James "Jimmy" Wright III

Mr. Henry James "Jimmy" Wright III, Coach Wright, died Jan. 27. The only son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry James (Zenobia Strong) Wright Sr., Mr. Wright, along with his three sisters, was raised and educated in Newton County. He graduated from R.L. Cousins High School in 1957 and attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta, graduating in 1961. He then served in the U.S. Army. After receiving an honorable discharge, he continued his education, receiving a master's degree from Georgia State University. He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. A very hard worker, Mr ...

February 01, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Robert H. Wilson

Robert H. Wilson of Oxford, passed away February 1, 2011, at the age of 64. He attended The Church at Covington, and worked for Kraft Foods for 20 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching John Wayne movies, and he loved Nascar. Mr. Wilson loved all children, and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer Dean and Katherine (Kirkpatrick) Wilson.

February 01, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Wilbur Scottie Byrd

Wilbur Scottie Byrd of Covington, passed away January 31, 2011, at the age of 58. He attended Almon Baptist Church, and worked for Lithonia Lighting, as a truck driver, for 19 years. He loved spending time in Montana, enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Byrd was a loving and devoted father, pawpaw, son, brother, and friend to many. He was preceded in death by his father, Wilbur Byrd.

February 01, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


DeEsta Margaret Coker

DeEsta Margaret Coker, age 88, died January 30, 2011, at her home in Oxford. Born to the late James Elden and DeEsta Margaret McFarland, Mrs. Coker enjoyed gardening, the outdoors and nature, particularly the ocean and birds. She will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Mrs. Coker is preceded in death by her husband, Donald George Coker, and brother, John McFarland.

January 31, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Rachael Payne

Mrs. Rachael B. Payne of Covington passed away January 29, 2011 at the age of 82. She was born in Jackson, GA to James W. and Mary (King) Baugh and was the widow of Ardell Junior Payne and grew up in the Covington Mill area. She enjoyed traveling and camping with her husband, especially the camping trip they took to Alaska. Rachael was a lifetime member of The Gospel Tabernacle and Christ Cornerstone Church, and served as the Ladies Auxiliary Leader for the Gospel Tabernacle. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

January 30, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Barbara Padgett Davis

Barbara Padgett Davis, age 80, of Monticello, passed away Jan. 21 at her residence. The daughter of the late Hubert Lee Padgett and Virginia Gibson Padgett, she was born in Millen in 1930. She married Charles Henry Davis in 1951 in the Padgett's home. They had four children and she began her work career as a school teacher for Savannah Christian School. Later she and Charles owned and operated the Davis Moving and Storage Company. The family moved to Charleston, S.C., in 1969 where she worked for Bud Berma Imports with her husband. In 1974 they moved to ...

January 27, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Nancy Jo Clark

Mrs. Nancy Jo Clark of Covington , GA died Tuesday January 25, 2011 at Rockdale Medical Center. She was born on November 26, 1937 in Modesto, IL to the late Roy and Fern Newberry. Mrs. Clark was a loving wife, mother and "Nana" to her family and was a member of Central Church of Christ in Covington. She worked for many years at various jobs including a telephone operator and a teacher at The Ginger Bread House. Mrs. Clark retired in 1994 and enjoyed many years being active in her church and enjoyed playing bridge.

January 26, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Margaret Skelton

Miss Margaret Skelton of Conyers passed away at Rockdale Medical Center on January 24, 2011 at the age of 82. Margaret was born in Covington to D. C. "Bill" and Dolly (Ramey) Skelton and was employed by Covington Mill and Bibb Manufacturing for many years. Margaret was known as "caretaker" by her family members as she raised her siblings after the passing of her mother, and was also known as grandmother by her nieces and nephews. She was known as "Squiney" which evolved into "Nenny" and was everyone's angel. Her specialty was making biscuits for her family and friends ...

January 25, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Tommy Granger

Tommy Granger of Covington, passed away January 22, 2011, at the age of 95. Mr. Granger, a recipient of the Legion of Merit Award, was a World War II veteran, having served in the European Theatre. He was a member of North Covington United Methodist Church. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, eating catfish, and working with his two brothers at Granger Brother's Garage. Mr. Granger was a loving and devoted husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He was preceded in death by his wife, Madge (Potts) Granger; and his parents, Steven Nathan and Olivia (Roseberry) Granger; 5 brothers and ...

January 23, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Anthony A. Hinds

Mr. Anthony A. Hinds died Jan. 19 at Newton Medical Center. He was born in 1941 in St. James, Barbados and had been a resident of Covington for seven years, relocating from New York.

January 22, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Billy E. Hester

Mr. Billy E. Hester, 84 of Covington passed away January 19, 2011 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. Billy was born in Walton County to the late Junie and Louise Malcolm Hester. He owned and operated several businesses in Covington including Hester's Pool Room and Hester's Package Store. He loved fishing and baseball, especially the Atlanta Braves. He was also a member of First Presbyterian Church of Covington and a United States Army Veteran. Billy is predeceased by his children Rodney Hester, Marlene Hester and Billy Hester, Jr., his brothers Harry Hester, Jimmy Hester and Sammy Hester and ...

January 21, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Edward Berry deRastick Hanson

The Rev. Edward Berry deRastrick Hanson, Episcopal priest of the Atlanta Diocese, died Jan. 19 after a courageous struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. Father Hanson attended the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, graduated from Georgia State University and received a Master of Divinity from The University of the South. His parishes included St. Michael and All Angels, St. Matthews and the Church of the Good Shepherd.

January 20, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jackie Simmons

Jackie Simmons of Covington, passed away January 18, 2011, at the age of 54. Mr. Simmons enjoyed hunting and fishing; and loved attending gospel singings. Most important to him was his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Carlton and Martha Elizabeth (Johnson) Simmons; brother, David Simmons; and nephew, Shane Simmons.

January 20, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Lester “Fit” Smith

Mr. Lester "Fit" Smith died Jan. 12. The son of the late Nora Smith, he was born in 1928 in Covington. He was raised with his two brothers, Walter and Clyde, both of whom preceded him in death. Mr. Smith was affectionately known as "Fit," He graduated from Washington Street School in 1946. Afterwards he enlisted in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged. He returned to Georgia and attended Morris Brown College. After graduation and married the lovely Ruth Bailey. They were married for 56 years until her death in 2008. For eight years, Lester dedicated himself to ...

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Beverly Jean Reid Nolley

Mrs. Beverly Jean Reid Nolley died Jan. 8. The first child of five children and daughter of Mr. Robert Reid and the late Mrs. Elsia Reid, she was born in 1960 in Covington. She attended Newton County public schools and the family church Little Bethel Baptist Church. An excellent cook, Mrs. Nolley was a valued employee at Jim Stalvey's Restaurant for over 20 years. During her spare time she enjoyed writing poetry. Mrs. Nolley was very out-going and warm-hearted with a loving and caring spirit. She loved being around people, especially children, and was loved by them in return ...

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


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