Rita Unger of Covington, passed away December 10, 2014, at the age of 82. She and her loving husband, Eric, were adventurous German immigrants who migrated to the United States to raise a family. The family lived for a short time in Ohio and Kentucky before settling in the Covington, Georgia area. She worked at Hercules in Covington for 25 years. She will be remembered by her family as a very loving mother and grandmother (Oma), who enjoyed traveling the United States and Europe. She was also an animal lover, who enjoyed her dogs, Teddy, Amber and Suzie. She was ...
Mr. Larry Morton, 79, of Oxford, passed away Thursday, December 11, 2014. He was born May 2, 1935 in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Daniel Jefferson and Martha Brookshrie Morton. Mr. Morton worked for Gordy Tile Company for 25 years. He enjoyed riding horses and coon hunting for many years.
Mr. John Marcus Cook, age 83, a lifelong resident of Covington passed away December 8, 2014. He was born in Monticello, Georgia on April 29, 1931 to the late Aubie Neal and Nellie Mae Hickman Cook. Mr. Cook was a mechanic and worked for Holbrook Farm Equipment in McDonough where he was employed for 33 years. He was a dedicated member of Stewart Baptist Church where he attended for over 50 years and served as a Deacon. Mr. Cook loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed watching trains and people and enjoyed the time that he spent with his ...
Martha King Moody, 88, passed away on Friday, December 5, 2014, in Nixa, Montana. She was born in Covington and lived here much of her life. She was married for 61 years to Frank Moody, Jr., who preceded her in death in 2007. Mrs. Moody was a pastor's wife, and at various times, she had jobs as a secretary and substitute teacher. A member of a large family, she always enjoyed being with family members. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Covington.
Natalie Wright Hull, 75, of Covington died Monday, December 8 at Emory University Hospital.
On December 7, 2014, Dr. Sherry Lea DeLoach Maloney of Gainesville, Georgia went to be with our Lord. Sherry passed away at the age of 58, after a four-year battle with ovarian cancer.
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Peggy Knox, age 79, of Covington, passed away December 2, 2014. Mrs. Knox was a soft-spoken lady, with a gentle spirit and caring heart. She enjoyed playing bridge and dining out at nice restaurants. Additionally, she was an exceptional cook, and was known for her delicious pancakes and biscuits. Mrs. Knox cherished her family and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.
Mrs. Billie Kay Rawlins, age 82, of Homestead, Florida passed away November 27, 2014. She was born November 25, 1932 in Porterdale, Georgia to the late James Lonnie and Regina Marie Guthrie. Mrs. Rawlins was a strong willed woman who loved her children and grandchildren very much. A woman with a strong work ethic, she worked at Owens Illinois in Hapeville, Georgia from 1957 to 1993. Mrs. Rawlins was an avid bowler who bowled on numerous championship teams. She loved to cook and shared that passion with her friends and family. Mrs. Rawlins was full of life, she enjoyed dancing ...
Mrs. Martha Ann Ridling Archer, of Kennesaw, passed away November 24, 2014, at the age of 79. She was born September 29, 1935, in McDonough, GA, to the late Frank and Thelma (Sowell) Ridling. Mrs. Archer was preceded in death by her husband, George Archer.
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Arthur Clifford "Bob" Guhl, a four-term member of the Georgia Senate and the only Republican to serve as DeKalb County Commission Chairman, died Nov. 30, one month after being diagnosed with a fast-moving type of cancer.
Mary A. Leasure, formerly of 933 Rosedale Avenue, Kingston, Tennessee, age 84, passed away suddenly on September 10, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl "Lucky" Leasure, in 1997. She moved to Atlanta in 2003 to join her children, daughter Barbara Leasure and son-in-law Dr. Michael Henry; son Steven Leasure, and daughter-in-law Holly and their son, Adam; and son Michael Leasure and daughter-in-law Dr. Renee Butler and their children, Matthew and Christopher Leasure. She lived independently in Conyers, Georgia, until May 2013 when she joined Steve, Holly and Adam in Douglasville.
Leland Eugene Payne, 66, of Ash, died Saturday, September 6, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.
Sara Helen Jordan of Covington passed away September 8, 2014, at the age of 84. Mrs. Jordan was a member of East Newton Baptist Church, where she was active in the choir, her Sunday School class and the Women's Missionary Union.
Betty Christian Thomas, 84, of Covington, passed away September 8, 2014. Mrs. Thomas was a faithful member of Bethany Presbyterian Church. She was very active in various church functions, and was a member of the church choir for several years. She was a longtime, dedicated employee of Steele-Jones Insurance Agency in Covington. Mrs. Thomas enjoyed spending time in her flower garden. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Ralph Thomas; parents Frank Buford and Ellen Ruth (Cowan) Christian; sisters Mary Beth Steele, Jean O'Neal; and her brother, Frank E. Christian.
Louise H. Smith, 83, formerly Louise Armstrong, of Marietta, died August 28, 2014. Services will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in Castellaw Funeral Home's Jonquil Chapel in Smyrna, Ga. She is survived by her husband, Dean Smith; children Nancy Stephens, Brenda Clifton and Thomas Armstrong; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers and one grandson.
Rebecca "Ann" Reid, 69, of Covington, passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at her home. She was born May 4, 1945, in Porterdale to the late Clarence and Allie Durden. Mrs. Reid was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend to all. But most of all, she loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was a long time member of Grace Baptist Church. Mrs. Reid is preceded in death by siblings Pauline Dial, Frances Sockwell and William "Bill" Durden.
In a small house on the corner of a narrow street resting in the shadows of the Old Covington Mill, a child was born on a cold November day to a lady named Grace. It was 1938, and with little fanfare the child was wrapped in a blanket and placed in the bosom of a loving mother. But I suspect even on that day the people around the child had a feeling that he was special. "His name will be Kenneth Lanier and he will be a preacher" a passing neighbor surmised. His mother agreed, and so it was.
Florence Taylor Lowen-French, 90, of Covington, Georgia, passed away on Monday, September 1, 2014. She was born on Tuesday, June 10, 1924 in Renick, West Virginia, to Henry and Ula Taylor. After graduating from Renick High School, Florence moved to Covington, Virginia to marry and raise a family. She worked for Ayers Furniture Store, and later served as manager of the Retail Merchants Association in Clifton Forge, Virginia, while completing a number of college courses. She later moved to Roanoke to become accounting manager for the J. H. Pence Company. Among other activities, Florence served as President of the Credit ...
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Mrs. Cheryl Easterlin Slate, 47, of Covington passed away Wednesday, September 03, 2014. She was born in Waltersboro, South Carolina on August 5, 1967. Cheryl was a talented, artistic person who loved to draw and paint. She was a natural merchandiser who had a great passion for design. Cheryl worked for and was part of the family of Brendale's Salon and Stuff just off the square in Covington. During her high school years she lived in Lithonia was a 1985 graduate of Lithonia High School. Cheryl was a loving and caring person who was loved by everyone that knew ...
Betty Jane Cordell Edwards, age 83, passed away Aug. 31, 2014, at Oxton Village in Social Circle. "Ms. Betty," as she was affectionately known, had been a resident there for the past five years. Betty was born Oct. 4, 1930, in Rockmart, Georgia.
Mr. Joe Yarbrough, 67, of Covington, Georgia, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. He was born in Porterdale on April 17, 1947 to Claude and Lillian Yarbrough, who have preceded him in death. Joe was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad, where he worked as a switchman. He served his country in the United States Army for eight years and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mr. Yarbrough was preceded in death by his daughter Elisha Yarbrough and wife Debbie Lynn Yarbrough.
Mr. Joe Yarbrough, 67, of Covington, Georgia passed away Monday, September 1, 2014. He was born in Porterdale on April 17, 1947 to Claude and Lillian Yarbrough who have preceded him in death. Joe was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad where he worked as a switchman. He served his country in the United States Army for 8 years and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mr. Yarbrough was preceded in death by his daughter Elisha Yarbrough and wife Debbie Lynn Yarbrough.
Mrs. Arlene Bishop, age 73, of Mansfield formerly of Redan passed away at her home Friday, August 29, 2014. She was born August 28, 1941 in Austell Georgia to Arlo and Mary Pike who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Bishop worked for and retired from The Rockdale Citizen Newspaper. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Mrs. Bishop taught Sunday school at Redan Baptist Church, East Newton Baptist Church and was currently a member of Mansfield Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling, working in her flower garden and was a gracious hostess who loved to ...
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