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Mrs. Nettie Mae Digby

Mrs. Nettie Mae Digby, age 84, of Covington passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. She was born February 7, 1930 in Porterdale to Archie and Minnie Ivey McCullough who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Digby worked at home until her children were grown and then she worked for C.R. Bard for 2 years and Stanley Tool for 14 years. She was Methodist by faith and a member of Gaither's United Methodist Church. Mrs. Digby loved her family very much; she was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.

July 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Deacon Thornton Fears, Sr.

Thornton Fears, Sr. was born August 12, 1943 to the late Mr. & Mrs. Lonnie (Mattie) Fears, Sr. He was educated in the Rockdale County School System and graduated from J.P. Carr High School in 1962.

July 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Harriette Pitner Key

When the first season of Harriette Pitner Key's active life was completed on July 10, 2014, she ran expectantly into the open arms of Jesus. Harriette will be greatly missed on earth, as she has been greatly loved for all 72 years of her life. It is easy to think of her having fun in heaven. Her spontaneous laughter, her ability and willingness to get the job done, and her genuine interest and investment in others made those who knew her feel comfortable and glad to be a part of her temporal life and to look forward to one ...

July 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Martin Williamson

Martin Williamson, age 58 of Oxford, passed away July 13, 2014. A native of Macon, Martin graduated from Monroe Academy in Forsyth where he played both football and basketball. He had been employed by Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. since 1979. Martin was an avid golfer, and he loved fishing on Lake Oconee. He enjoyed his friends and was always willing to help anyone at any time. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother and son who always put his family and friends before himself.

July 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Stephen P. Strickland

Stephen P. Strickland, born Dec. 21, 1943 to Madeline Collins Strickland and Pierce D. Strickland, died July 12, 2014.

July 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Deacon Thornton Fears, Sr.

Homegoing Service

July 14, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mrs. Reda Franklin

Reda Franklin, age 81, of Decatur, passed away July 11, 2014. Mrs. Franklin, a charter member of Solid Rock Baptist Church, was a member of the Faithful Sunday School Class, and always supported her son in the ministry. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Franklin.

July 12, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. John Douglas Fairburn

John Douglas Fairburn of Greensboro, Georgia, born January 24, 1939 went home to be with his Lord And Savior, Jesus Christ on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at the age of 75. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Mildred Dreyer Fairburn and John Douglas Montegue Fairburn, who preceded him in death along with his older sister, Dorothy Fairburn Roberts. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Janice Jones Fairburn and sister, Lynne Gabriel (Dennis), six nephews and two nieces. John graduated from Grady High in Atlanta in 1956 and attended the Citadel from 1956-1957. He graduated from Ohio ...

July 12, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Scharley McCart

Mrs. Scharley McCart, age 70, of Rutledge passed away July 11, 2014 at Clearview Medical Center in Monroe. She was born July 8, 1944 in Talladega, Alabama and grew up in the Talladega and Oxford, Alabama area. Mrs. McCart was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, a kind gentle person who loved working in her yard and spending time with her family. She was supportive, caring, fun person who will be missed by her family who loved her deeply. Mrs. McCart was preceded in death by her husband, F. Harold "Mac" McCart her son, Charles McCart her ...

July 12, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Ronald Wayne McFarlin

Homegoing Service

July 12, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Charles Henry Carr Jr.

Homegoing Services

July 12, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Ms. Lula Ruth Thomas

Homegoing Celebration

July 12, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Adrian Ricardo Brooks

Celebration of Life

July 12, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mrs. Evelyn Lequeator Gunnells Mask

Evelyn Lequeator Gunnells Mask passed away Wednesday, July 9 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimers' Disease. Evelyn was born on December 25, 1935 to Frank, Sr. and Gussie (Grant) Gunnells in Newton County, Georgia, the youngest of six children.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Jack David Haralson

Jack David Haralson, age 57 of Monroe, died on July 4, 2014. He was born in Monticello on February 28, 1957 to the late Jack Reeves Haralson and Mary Shirley Skelton King.

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Mr. Joe B. Gheesling, Sr.

GHEESLING Joe Bert Gheesling, Sr. of Oxford, GA died Wednesday February 24, 2010 at Merryvale Assisted Living. He was born on January 26, 1929 in Warrenton, GA to Frank and Ruth (Thompson) Gheesling. Mr. Gheelsing was a member of First Baptist Church in Covington. He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law: Joe B. and Vicki Gheesling, Jr., of Gainesville, GA, Bruce and Kim Gheesling of Alpharetta, GA; son-in-law: Greg Jones of Covington, GA; brothers: Billy Gheesling, Al Gheesling, Leonard Gheesling; sister: Cornelia Courtney; grandchildren: Brandi Oliver, Brett Gheesling, Rob Jones, David Jones, Mandi Jones, Corey Gheesling, Megan Gheelsing; great grandchildren ...

February 24, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Marion Carlton "Blunk" Middlebrooks

Mr. Marion Carlton (Blunk) Middlebrooks, Sr. of Covington, GA died Sunday February 21, 2010 at Retreat Nursing Home in Monticello. He was born on May 7, 1919 in Loganville, Ga. to James T. and Althea Rutledge Middlebrooks. He was avid in CB Radio and was known as "Salem Blue Jay", enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was member of Gum Creek Presbyterian Church. Mr. Middlebrooks is survived by his son M.C. "Buster" Middlebrooks, of Oxford, Ga; daughter Althie Chambers of Covington, Ga.; grandchildren Angela and David Holcombe, Jeff Middlebrooks, Wayne Chambers and Susie Morgan, Tim and Libby Chambers; great ...

February 24, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Adam Strong

Mr. Adam Strong died Feb. 18 in Newton County. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Artis (Jessie Smith) Strong, he was born in 1930 in Newton County. Mr. Strong attended Washington Street School and joined St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Covington, at a young age. A hard worker, he was employed by Georgia Highway, retiring in 1993 after over 30 years of dedicated service. In 1986 he married Jessie Evans Jackson and became the proud stepfather of eight children. His wife preceded him in death in 2003. Mr. Strong was a quiet and loving and caring person ...

February 23, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


David Earl Hill

ed Feb. 5. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John L. (Versie Settles) Hill Sr., he was born in 1952 in Memphis, Tenn., the second of eight children. He was preceded in death by sister Phyllis Hill Boyd and special friend Louis Williams. Mr. Hill was raised in Memphis and graduated from Melrose High School. He served in the United States Marine Corps and returned to Memphis to become a certified automobile mechanic. Mr. Hill relocated to Dallas, Texas, in 1987 and Married Robin Hayden in 1987. After moving to Georgia, Mr. Hill was employed by CarMax and ...

February 23, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Joseph Sidney Garner

Joseph Sidney Garner went to be with his Heavenly Father and Jesus, his Savior and Lord, Feb. 19. The son of the late Joseph Maxwell Garner and Catherine Good Garner of Oxford, Miss., he was born in 1925. Mr. Garner served in the church as an elder for many years and served his country in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot and in Research and Development, participating in World War II, Korean Conflict, and Vietnam.

February 23, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Otis Lee Burton

Otis Lee Burton died Feb. 15. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Luther (Early Mae Bird) Burton Sr., he was born in 1958. He was preceded in deaby by brother James Burton and son Luther. Mr. Burton was raised and educated in Benton Harbor, Mich. He was a comical and loving person, always full of life. During his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and watching western movies on television.

February 23, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Bertha Knight Thompson

February 22, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Cleo Autry

AUTRY Mrs. Cleo Autry, age 98 of Oxford, Georgia passed from this life and went to glory to be with her heavenly father Monday night, February 15, 2010. Mrs. Autry was the widow of Charlie H. Autry, the daughter of William Henry and Myrtle Vestal Towns. Mrs. Autry was born in Walton County on August 20, 1911. She was a teacher in the Walton County school system and later retired from McGregor Sporting Goods in Covington where she and her husband lived after their marriage. Mrs. Autry was a faithful member of Mount Paran Primitive Baptist Church, always in attendance ...

February 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Emma Ruth Kelly Kitchens

Emma Ruth Kelly Kitchens, 103, died Feb. 15 at the Washington Extended Care Facility in Sandersville. Mrs. Kitchens was a lifelong resident of Jasper County. Her parents were the late Willie Champion Kelly and Mildred Inis Cook Kelly. She was a member of Prospect United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Eudora Home Demonstration Club, Senior Citizens, and County Line Women's Club. She was an avid gardener and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her son Wentzelle Kitchens, daughter Virginia Weems, grandson Mark Harrison, granddaughter-in-law,Lisa Cunard, and great-grandsons Max Cunard and Owen Cunard. Also, two ...

February 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Malion Christopher

Malion "Smokie" Christopher, 72, passed away Feb. 16. The son of the late Harold and Rebie (Pickens) Christopher, he resided in Covington, (Jackson Lake Area) and was originally from Stone Mountain. He proudly served in the US Army and enjoyed hunting, fishing and anything outside. He was preceded in death by his wife Jeanette Christopher, son Mike Christopher and friend Hilda Holly.

February 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Hal Bryan

BRYAN Mr. Hal Bryan of Covington, GA and Frankfort, KY, died Monday February 15, 2010. He was born on January 21, 1947 in Lexington, KY to the late Edward II and Ollie Pearl Bryan. Mr. Bryan was famed Ecologist who has worked throughout the southeast and extensively in Georgia and Kentucky. Mr. Bryan is survived by his wife, Joyce Bryan of Frankfort, KY; two daughters, Heather Bryan, Monroe, GA and Erin Bryan, Louisville, KY three grandchildren; Jacob, Joey and Julianna Quinn one brother, Sonny Bryan, Kentucky, other family and close friends. Memorial services will be held at 2:00PM on ...

February 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Faye Aiken

Mrs. Faye "Granny Faye" Aiken age 73, of Covington, GA died Monday, February 15, 2010. She was born on August 12, 1936 in Butts County, GA to Levie Alvin and Maxie Elizabeth (McClure) Maddox. Mrs. Aiken was a member of Red Oak United Methodist Church where she taught preschool. Mrs. Aiken is survived by her husband: Mr. Don Aiken: son and daughter-in-law: Scott and Robin Aiken of Covington: grandchildren: Scott Aiken, Jr and Mitchell Aiken: great grandchild: Chandler Aiken; sisters: Gail Lindsey of Porterdale, Betty Shaw of Covington, Glenda Austin of Gretna, LA, Shirley Crawford of Porterdale and Sharon Maddox ...

February 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Samuel Jones Jordan

Samuel Jones Jordan, 89, died Friday, Feb. 12 at Danville Regional Medical Center.

February 13, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


John Marion Stone

John Marion Stone, 90, died Saturday, Feb. 6, at his residence. Marion "Pooch" Stone was a lifelong resident of Jasper County. His parents were the late John Arthur Stone and Estelle Loyd Stone. He was a graduate of Young Harris College and served in the 105th Medical Battalion in the 30th Infantry Division of the United States Army during World War II, the first World War II draftee in Jasper County. Mr. Stone was a member of the Monticello First United Methodist Church, the Monticello Hurricane Club, American Legion Post 110, VFW, and a founding member of Piedmont Academy. He ...

February 09, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Marlene Shetter

Marlene Shetter, 72, of Walnut Grove passed away Monday, Feb. 8. Mrs. Shetter was a member of Woodlake Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her son Mark Shetter.

February 09, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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