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Henry Starr Corley

Mr. Henry Starr Corley, of Covington, passed away, Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at the age of 93. He was born February 19, 1921 in the Starrsville Community of Newton County to the late William H. Corley, Sr. and Leila Wright Corley and was also preceded in death by his brother, William H. Corley, Jr. and sister, Katheryn Corley Mills. Mr. Corley was a surveyor for the Georgia Department of Transportation and a veteran of the United States Army Airforce. He was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd.

October 09, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Kenneth Felton "Tump" Bradford

Mr. Kenneth Felton "Tump" Bradford, age 74, of Oxford passed away Sunday, October 5, 2014. He was born November 3, 1939 in Lawrenceville to the late William Howard and Jewell Lindsey Bradford. Mr. Bradford served in the United States Navy and was a member of Central Community Church. He was retired from General Motors and also worked for a number of years following his retirement at General Mills. Mr. Bradford loved to work in his garden and loved his family very much. He was preceded in death by his sister Gloria Fincannon and his grandson Tucker Hankins.

October 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Marilyn McKay Ellisor

Marilyn McKay Ellisor, age 71, died Friday October 3, 2014, in her home in Watkinsville, after a valiant year-long confrontation with cancer. During her last days and hours she was comforted by family, many friends and the capable staff of Silverleaf Hospice.

October 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. G. Orville Capps

G. Orville Capps of Covington, passed away October 1, 2014, at the age of 88. Mr. Capps was a member of County Line Baptist Church. He was a dedicated employee, of the City of Covington, where he worked several years prior to his retirement. Prior to his employment with the City, Mr. Capps worked for Gas, Inc. He was an avid Atlanta Braves fan, enjoyed watching wrestling and spending time outdoors gardening and fishing. Mr. Capps was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in ...

October 04, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Reuben Yearwood

Reuben Yearwood, age 79, of Covington, passed away September 30, 2014. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and going fishing. Mr. Yearwood loved his family dearly, and especially cherished his time spent with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Howard and Lovie (Chambers) Yearwood.

October 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ralph William "Bill" Hoffman

Ralph William "Bill" Hoffman passed away in his Covington home, September 30, 2014, at the age of 90. Mr. Hoffman was a member and former deacon of the First Baptist Church, in Covington, where he also served as past chairman of the Board, Sunday School teacher and superintendent of the Intermediate Department.

October 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Mildred "Mrs. Millie" Maloy

Mildred "Mrs. Millie" Maloy, a lifelong resident of Porterdale, passed away September 27, 2014, at the age of 95. She was a member of Porterdale Baptist Church and the Porterdale Woman's Club. Mrs. Millie was known for her sharp mind and quick wit, and therefore gained the nickname, "The General." She loved her family dearly and especially cherished her role as a grandmother. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family. Mrs. Millie was preceded in death by her husband, Carl B. Maloy; parents, Leo and Candace Shaw; and her brother, Marshall "Pete" Shaw.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Annelle Townsend

Annelle Townsend, of Oxford, passed away Sept. 26, 2014 at the age of 82. Married to Grady Townsend for 59 years, the couple honeymooned in Daytona, and visited there every year around their anniversary. Mrs. Townsend enjoyed shopping, but most of all she loved being with her family. She was a member of Heritage Hills Baptist Church in Conyers and will be remembered as a great cook – always preparing more than enough. Mrs. Townsend was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Sally Mae Davis; brothers, Buford Davis, R.H. Davis; and sister, Willene Royal.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Vera K. Stalvey

Vera K. Stalvey, of Covington, passed away September 26, 2014, at the age of 94. Mrs. Stalvey lived in Rome, GA until she moved to Covington in 1975. She was a member of Covington Church of God in Covington, and a former member or East Rome Church of God, where she taught Sunday School. Mrs. Stalvey enjoyed quilting, crocheting and ceramics, but her focus was being a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norwood A. Stalvey; grandsons, Scott Stalvey and Tony Stalvey; great-grandson, Matthew Stalvey; parents, Randy and Mary Louise (Morgan) Wright

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Opal O'Dell Graves

Funeral services for Opal O'Dell Graves, 91, of Murphy, North Carolina., were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. The Reverends Edward Carter, Fred Lunsford and Jim Ross officiated. Following the service, interment was in the church's cemetery. She died on Monday, September 15, 2014, after an extended illness.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Glen Selin

Glen Selin, 56, of Covington passed away Saturday, September 6, 2014. He was born September 16, 1957 in Hearst, Ontario, Canada to the late William and Edna Selin. Glen was a fun loving, hardworking man. He loved life and lived it to the fullest daily. Glen loved to travel and worked for USNR as a project manager where he traveled all over the world. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Covington and enjoyed helping throughout his community; building planter boxes in Porterdale and well houses for friends, he loved every minute of it. Mr. Selin was ...

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Peggy Jean Mathis

Peggy Jean Mathis of Covington, passed away September 22, 2014, at the age of 63. Peggy enjoyed drawing, puzzle books and watching soap operas. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was known for her wonderful sense of humor and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Peggy was preceded in death by her father, John Henry Turner.

September 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Elmer 'Mo' Blankenship

Elmer "Mo" Blankenship, Sr. 87, of Oxford, passed away on September 23, 2014 at Newton Medical Center. He was born on May 29, 1927 to the late Mindy Smith Blankenship. Mr. Blankenship was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Covington where he served as a deacon. He served in the US Navy during WWII and was one of the founding members of the Newton County Touchdown Club. Mr. Blankenship was a member of the Golden Fleece Masonic Lodge No. 6, a longtime scout leader and scout master of Troup No. 211 of Oxford. He loved watching his great-grandson ...

September 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jeanne Wiley Driver

Mrs. Jeanne Wiley Driver, age 80, of Covington passed away September 24, 2014. She was born September 12, 1934 in Covington to the late James and Nezzie Prickett Wiley. Mrs. Driver was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend; a good Christian woman who was a member of Sardis Congregational Church and attended Gaither's United Methodist Church and Porterdale Presbyterian Church. She loved nature, flowers and was an Atlanta Braves fan. Mrs. Driver was a private duty nurse who sat with many families during extended illnesses; she was loved by everyone who knew her.

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Marie Norman

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

September 23, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


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Mrs. Cordie J. Stokes

Mrs. Cordie J. Stokes of Covington, GA. died Friday November 19, 2010 at Abbey Hospice. Mrs. Stokes was born on May 30, 1924 in Loganville, GA. to Simon and Lillie Tuck Johnson. She was a member of The Church At Covington which she dearly loved and was involved in the senior activities at her church. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, visting friends and family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was recently honored at her church as mother of the year.

November 20, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Wyman H. Mims

Wyman H. Mims of Mansfield, passed away November 19, 2010, at the age of 85. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he was a member of Mansfield Baptist Church, and enjoyed collecting and reading different versions of the Bible and other religious books. He worked for Western Electric in Burlington, North Carolina, before retiring after nearly 25 years. After retirement, he devoted his time to his grandchildren in many ways - babysitting, taking them to school, and caring for them when they were not feeling well. In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and wood work. The family ...

November 19, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Charles A. Burnett

Mr. Charles (Charlie) Armour Burnett, 82, passed away Saturday evening at home under the care of Brightmoor Hospice. The son of the late Charles E. Burnett and Aliene Hurst Burnett, he was born in 1928. He was also preceded in death by his brother Robert (Bobby) G. Burnett and step-mother Myrtle Connors Eastwood Burnett. The Charlotte County, Fla., native had lived in Griffin for the last 23 years. Mr. Burnett was an Eagle Scout and an avid outdoorsman. Prior to moving to Griffin, Mr. Burnett retired from a 31 year career at Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, where he ...

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Nellie Hurst Bryant

Mrs. Nellie Byrd Hurst Bryant died Nov. 15 after years of battling Alzheimer's disease. The fifth of seven children of the late Stewart and Phena Hurst, she was born in 1924 in Covington. She accepted Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of Livingston Chapel C.M.E. Church until her health declined. She attended Nixon Chapel Elementary. Mrs. Bryant had a sweet and gentle spirit which brought peace to those around her. She enjoyed spending time in her beautiful garden. In 1942 she was united in marriage to Waymon Bryant, her former husband. Mrs. Bryant ...

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sallie M. King

Sallie M. King of Porterdale, passed away November 18, 2010, at the age of 76. Mrs. King was born in Griffin, Georgia, to the late Earl and Sarah Lee (Christian) Harper. She was affiliated with the Church of Christ, and was a very strong, Christian believer in Jesus Christ. Mrs. King retired from Covington Manor Nursing Home, in 2001, but returned to housekeeping because she loved her work and missed her friends. She enjoyed cooking and walking, but most important to her was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren – they were the light of her life. She was preceded in death by ...

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mary Frances Thomas Mann

Mary Frances Thomas Mann of Covington, passed away November 16, 2010, at the age of 60. She dedicated her life to Westbury Nursing Home, in Conyers, where she was a caregiver for over thirty years until she had to retire due to her health. She dedicated her life to taking care of her parents, and dearly enjoyed her dogs, Joey, Judy and Jeff. She was preceded in death by her parents, Loren Lee and Georgia Mae (Scarber) Thomas. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Keith Whitehead of Lawrenceville, daughter and partner, Debbie L. Lee and Christina Lowery of ...

November 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Viola Luke

Viola Luke, 70, of Covington died November 14, 2010, at Newton Medical Center. She enjoyed fishing, sewing, cooking, working in the garden, and traveling. She will be remembered as a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and was a friend to many. Mrs. Luke was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lavada Walker.

Mrs. Luke is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Lamar Holcombe of Covington; grandchildren, Anna and Daniel Williams, Jessica and Mark Allen, Joshua and Amber Holcombe; great-grandchildren, Natasha Williams, Aaron Williams, Matthew Williams, and Makayla Williams, Johnathan and Marie Allen, Kahlynn Holcombe; 3 sisters; 3 brothers ...

November 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Roy Louis Bayne

Roy Louis Bayne of Conyers, GA died Sunday November 14, 2010 at Rockdale Medical Center. He was born on June 20, 1935 in Muskegon, MI to Glenn and Mildred Duff Bayne. He worked for the US Postal service as a computer technician and then retired in Covington, GA. He enjoyed being with his family being on his computer and taking care of his pets.

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Joanne Davis Kurz

Joanne Davis Kurz, age 74, of Mansfield, died November 15, 2010, at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. She was the daughter of the late Willie and Mary Lou Studdard Green, and the widow of the late Charles Kurz and Corry Davis. An excellent seamstress, Mrs. Kurz enjoyed cooking and loved the outdoors, especially gardening and fishing. She is survived by her daughter, Kathaleen Davis of Monticello; sons and daughters-in-law, Ricky Davis of Colorado Springs, CO, Doug and Debbie Davis of Loganville, Martin and Susan Davis of Mansfield; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews. Funeral Services for Mrs. Kurz will ...

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ted Church

Ted Church of Conyers, passed away November 9, 2010, at the age of 73. Mr. Church attended Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church. He enjoyed hunting, traveling and sports. He was the widower of Margaret Church, and the son of the late Harold and Eva (Coon) Church. Survivors include his loving wife, Rosemary Church of Conyers; children, David Church, Thomas Church, Kevin Church, all of New York, Linda Runyan of Pennsylvania; stepchildren, Jeanne Maguire, Joanne Kumar, Jim Freeze, Jerry Freeze, Judy Freeze, Jane Pagliaro and Chris Freeze. The Mass of Christian Burial will be said Thursday, November 18, at 10 ...

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Minnie B. Rowland

Minnie B. Rowland of Covington, died November 13, 2010 at Westbury Health & Rehabilitation in Conyers, at the age of 88. Mrs. Rowland loved fishing and spending time with her family. She was very dedicated to her God, and to her church. She worked for Bibb Manufacturing Company and retired from C & D Battery. Mrs. Rowland is preceded in death by her husband, Walter Rowland, and parents, George and Lillie Mae Ballard.

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Melinda Ragan

Melinda Ragan, 44, of Covington, passed away Nov. 10. Surviving are children Ashton Nicole Ragan, Jersey, Brandon Eugene and Lindsay Ragan, Conyers, Lacye Grace Ragan, Covington; parents Roy and Mary Wilson, Covington; brother Chuck Wilson; sister and brother-in-law:Trina and John Deerman, Conyers; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

November 13, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Etta Giddens Bates

Etta Giddens Bates, long-time resident of Albany, died Nov. 9, just short of her 100th birthday. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Giddens, she was born in Arlington and was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lt. Col. William H. Bates Sr. (1998) of Covington and sister Catheryn Giddens (1957). Mrs. Bates received her bachelor's degree from Valdosta State College, master's degree from Oglethorpe University and specialist degree in reading from the University of Georgia. She taught in school systems in Guam and Germany and several systems in Georgia including Dougherty County where she ...

November 11, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


J.W. Rutledge

J.W. Rutledge of Covington, died November 8, 2010, at the age of 63. He was born in Porterdale, to the late Dean and Blondine (Hay) Rutledge, and attended Newton County High School, where he was a member of the state championship basketball team in 1964. Mr. Rutledge was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and served at Ft. Gordon helping returning Vietnam veterans adjust to civilian life. He taught at Newton High for 8 years, before continuing in administration as both the vocational supervisor and head principal, for a total of 32 years. Mr. Rutledge was a very ...

November 09, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Elsie D. Smith

Ms. Elsie D. Smith of Covington passed away November 8, 2010 at the age of 76. Born in Newton County to the late Reber Neal and Annice Christine "Tinie" (Cagle) Ivey, she worked for John H. Harland Company, enjoyed cooking and growing flowers. Her family was very important to her, especially her grandchildren and her great-grandchild.

November 08, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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