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Mr. J.C. “Shep” Shepard Jr.

J.C. "Shep" Shepard Jr., 89, of Social Circle, passed to be with his beloved wife of 50 years Elizabeth "Liz" Clay Shepard on August 25, 2014. Born December 20, 1924, he was the son of the late James Curtis Shepard and Jessie V. Shepard Studdard. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Bill Shepard.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Louise Thomason

Louise Thomason of Covington, passed away Aug. 24, 2014, at the age of 84. Ms. Thomason was an active member of New Life Praise Center, in Covington, and was a dedicated employee of Lithonia Lighting for 38 years. Following her work at Lithonia Lighting, she dedicated herself to caring for handicapped children. Ms. Thomason was a giving lady, and constantly gave of her time to help those less fortunate. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Preceding her in death was her brother, Thomas McCord.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Rita Ward White

Mrs. Rita Ward White, age 90, of Oxford, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, at her home. Mrs. White was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Statesboro, Georgia, and was the eldest daughter of Robert Lee and Florence Hendrix Ward. She grew up in a farming family in Bulloch County, Georgia, and was a graduate of Nevils High School. In 1943, she married her husband of 56 years, Darvin White. When Mr. White began working for Independent Life and Accident Insurance Company, they moved to Newton County and settled in Oxford, Georgia. While her children were very young, Mrs. White was a ...

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Bonnie M. Tingler

Mrs. Bonnie M. Tingler, of Covington, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014, at the age of 87. She was born in Ronceverte, West Virginia to the late Russell and Emma M. Morgan. Mrs. Tingler was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Covington and was an avid BINGO player at the Covington ELKS Club and Conyers American Legion. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Tingler.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Sara Ruth Townley

Sara Ruth Townley, 87, of Covington died Jan. 4. Mrs. Townley was a charter member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church and served as the church pianist for 27 years. She was the daughter of the late Clyde and Edna Reagan Head and the widow of John Roger Townley. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

Surviving are her sons, Sidney Denny of Conyers, Damon Townley of Covington; daughters, Ramona Prince of Byron and Toreitha Carter of Rutledge; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

January 05, 2009 | Social Circle | OBITS


Mrs. Marchiena Bettie Dingler

Mrs. Marchiena Bettie (Boyce) Dingler, 76, of Covington died Jan. 4. She was born in Fulton County on Oct. 29, 1932 to the late Harvey David Boyce and Agnes Viola (Grant) Boyce. She moved to Newton County in 1975.

January 05, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Homer Hollon Sears, Jr.

January 05, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Irene Driver

Mrs. Irene Driver, 91, a lifelong resident of the Conyers and Covington area, died Dec. 23. The daughter of the late Labon Festus Gunn and Annie Lee Ada Preston Gunn, she was born in 1917 in Henry County. She was a member of Hopewell Presbyterian Church after having been of the Baptist faith as a child. Mrs. Driver raised nine children and loved them all. She is preceded in death by parents, husband Mr. Hubert Driver and sons Leon, George, Harold and William Driver.

Surviving are daughters Joyce Kersey of Lithonia, Donnie Blake of Conyers, Luanne Wren of Conyers; daughter ...

January 04, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Glenn T. Pressley

Mr. Glenn T. Pressley, 70, of Covington, died Dec. 23. He was born in Toccoa in 1938 and was a retired truck driver.

Surviving are wife Ellen Pressley of Covington; sons and daughters-in-law Neal and Jean Pressley of Conyers, Greg and Connie Pressley of Covington; grandchildren Chris Pressley, Melissa Parker, Casey Pressley, Scott Pressley; great-grandchildren Annalie Parker, Ashton Baker; sister Myrtle Martin of Seneca, S.C.; brothers Charles Pressley of Jackson, Joe Pressley of Forsyth; several nieces, nephews, other family and close friends.

January 04, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Vinny Wallace

ello, died Dec. 31. He was born January 17, 1989 in Hardy County, Fla.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Retter Sue Price Bailey

Mrs. Retter Sue Price Bailey, 60, of Blairsville, died Dec. 20. The daughter of the late Hugh Price, she was born in Newton County in 1948. She graduated from Newton County High School in 1966 and was homecoming queen in 1965. Mrs. Bailey attended Harmony Grove Baptist Church, Blairsville, and was a long-time member of Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church. Mrs. Bailey enjoyed crafts and gardening and loved making people laugh. She was loved by everyone who knew her. Mrs. Bailey was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law and friend.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Christine E. Harwell

Mrs. Christine E. Harwell, 90, of Atlanta, formerly of Covington, died Dec. 23. The daughter of the late Walter and Minnie Hodges Ennis, she was born in Baldwin County. She taught school in Newton County for 34 years, finishing at Ficquett Elementary School. Mrs. Harwell was preceded in death by her husband Lucius Lee Harwell.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Betty J. “Mums” Westmoreland

Mrs. Betty J. "Mums" Westmoreland, 58, of Social Circle, died Dec. 21. The daughter of the late John Denham and Katherine Nash Crawford, she was born in 1950 in Marquette, Mich. She has lived in Social Circle for eight years, moving there from Valparaiso, Ind., where she worked as a school bus driver for Valparaiso Transportation for 25 years. Mrs. Westmoreland loved her dogs Beanie and Smores and enjoyed working outside. The love of her life was her family. Her husband, children, great-grandchildren and great-grandchild and two future-great-grandchildren filled her heart as she loved spending as much time as she ...

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Helen H. Wilson

Mrs. Helen H. Wilson, 80, of Oxford, died Jan. 1. The daughter of the late George and Mabel Stiddam Hughes, she was born in Ashland, Ky., in 1928. A longtime resident of Oxford, Mrs. Wilson was known as "Granny" and loved to ride her John Deere cutting grass and working outside. Mrs. Wilson loved watching the Atlanta Braves, the Georgia Bulldogs and game shows. She retired from Bellsouth after 25 years of service and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. She was preceded in death by husband Jack R. Wilson and son Mr. George Robert "Bob" Hughes.

January 02, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mary Alice Norman-Dial

Mrs. Mary Alice Norman-Dial, 85, of Covington, died Dec. 31. The daughter of the late Albert B. and Ida Lenora Lewis Mask, she was born in Newton County in 1923. A lifelong resident of Newton County, Mrs. Norman was a very active member of Stewart Baptist Church and an American Red Cross volunteer. She had a lifetime love of music coming from a large family of five brothers and five sister who were well known for their love of music. Mrs. Norman was involved in the music ministry in nursing homes in and around the area and at Merryvale Assisted ...

January 02, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Murell Auten

January 02, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Regina Charlene (Walden) George

Mrs. Regina Charlene (Walden) George, 41, of Covington, died Tuesday, Dec. 30. She was born in Rockdale County in 1967 to John Sanford and Geraldine (Booth) Walden. She attended Calvary Community Church and was involved in various church activities. Mrs. George had a great gift for loving children and was involved in the kid's ministry at Victory Tabernacle when she was a member there.

January 01, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mary Frances Tyre

Mary Frances Tyre of Amarillo, Texas, left her earthly home for heaven on December 30. Mrs. Tyre was born to Oliver and Eliza Day in 1923 in Porterdale. She graduated from Porterdale High School and became a registered nurse in 1943 after completing nurses training at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. She was a proud, skilled and compassionate person who combined her nursing skills with her love of all who lived. She was the operating room nurse in the Porterdale Hospital, Porterdale, and office nurse for many physicians in Georgia and North Carolina. She culminated her nursing career as the charge ...

January 01, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS


H. Donald Wilbanks, Sr.

H. Donald Wilbanks, Sr., resident of Newton County for over 65 years, passed away December 18, 2008, at the age of 73. An employee with Hercules for 16 years, he was an active member and former deacon of Porterdale Baptist Church. Mr. Wilbanks served 21 years in the United States Coast Guard on active and reserve duty. In addition to being an avid Atlanta Braves fan, he enjoyed wood-working hobbies. Mr. Wilbanks was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Irene Brock Wilbanks.

December 31, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


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