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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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Eddie Blake Goodrich

Eddie Blake Goodrich, 86, of Sun City, Fla., died April 20 of Alzheimer's Disease while under hospice care. He was born in Roanoke, Va., to Charles Raymond Goodrich and Winnie Sue Loyd Goodrich. In his early years the family moved to Mansfield where he lived until 1942. After graduating from Mansfield High School, he joined the United States Army, proudly serving during World War II. He was always reluctant to talk about the devastating battles in which he and his fellow servicemen were involved but quick to express his pride in his country as he witnessed the U.S ...

May 04, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jim McCart

May 04, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Faye Lee Hilley

May 04, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Johnny (Pedro) Durden

May 03, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Raymond G. Potts

May 02, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Maymenell Bohanan

Mrs. Maymenell Bohanan of Covington, GA died Friday April 30, 2010. She was born on June 15, 1928 in Covington, GA to Samuel and Belle Randle Chesnut. Mrs. Bohanan is survived by Daughters and Sons-In-Law; Kay and John Kennedy of Stone Mountain, Jane and Mike Kitchens of Conyers, Gail and Jim Byrum of Lawrenceville and Son, Dan Bohanan of Fort Lauderdale, Fl. She is also survived by her nine grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, other family and close friends. She is preceded in death by Husband, Mr. Olin Steele Bohanan, Jr.

May 01, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Willie Fred Hudson

Mr. Willie Fred Hudson died April 11 at Newton Medical Center. The son of Mary Hudson and the late Mr. Eddie Hudson Jr., he was born in 1950 in Rockdale County. Mr. Hudson was raised and educated in Newton County and attended Newton County High School. He retired from the city of Covington after 30 years of dedicated service. He enjoyed listening to old school music. When he was not working, you would find him at home watching westerns and wrestling. He always had a Bible with him. Mr. Hudson will be remembered as a loving and caring person whose ...

April 27, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Patricia Ann Ryefield

April 27, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Tilmon Lewis Moss

Mr. Tilmon Lewis Moss age 88 of Oxford died Sunday, April 25, 2010. He was born in Copper Hill, Tennessee on October 15, 1921 to the late Sylvester and Hattie (Powell) Moss. He moved to Oxford from Atlanta 38 years ago. He was of the Baptist faith, and was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He really enjoyed fishing. He is preceded in death by his parents and wife: Annie C. Moss, son: Tilmon Moss, Jr., granddaughter: Brandie N. Ellis. Mr. Moss is survived by a son and daughter-in-law: Frank and Judy Moss of Houston, Texas; daughter and son-in-law: Freddie ...

April 26, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Robert Harry Shaw

Robert Harry Shaw, 61, passed away quietly at his Covington home April 14. The son of Elsworth William "Bill" and Constant "Joan" Shaw, he was born in 1948 in Phoenix, Ariz. He served his country proudly for 20 years in the United States Air Force. He was also a corrections officer for the Georgia Department of Corrections until 2006.

April 26, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Glenn L. (Bud) Dennison

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


William Ralph Henderson

April 24, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Chris Costley

Mr. Chris Costley, 59, of Decatur, passed away on April 21. He was preceded in death by parents Virgil Costley Sr. and Urlene Blankenship Costley. Mr. Costley was born in 1951 in Conyers. He was a 1969 graduate of Newton County High School and attended West Georgia College and also Emory of Oxford College. He worked in retail merchandise as a clerk in Buckhead.

April 22, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Edwin "Big Ed" Smith

April 22, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Geneva Neely (Bentley) Monk

MONK Mrs. Geneva Neely (Bentley) Monk age 82, of Covington died on Wednesday, April 21, 2010. She was born in Newton County on December 31, 1927 to the late Doctor Means and Emily (Neely) Bentley. Mrs. Monk worked for HUD for twenty two years. She loved to cook and sew. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Monk was a member of Shiloh Methodist Church and Grace Covenant Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Julian Bentley and Brasher Bentley; sister: Mary Wright. Mrs. Monk is survived by her husband: Leonard Rodney Monk of Covington ...

April 22, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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