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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


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


Mother Darlene Strong

Mother Darlene Strong was born December 9, 1924 to the parentage of the late Mr. & Mrs. George (Cora) Stephens in Athens, Georgia.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mother Darlene Strong

Celebration of Life

July 25, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Thomas Busbee

Thomas Busbee, age 85 of Mansfield, passed away July 22, 2014. Mr. Busbee was a veteran of the United States Army. He attended Eastridge Community Church, was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and enjoyed fishing. Mr. Busbee was a wonderful husband and a good father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman James and Carrie Louberta (Middlebrook) Busbee.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Robert Larry Burney

Robert Larry Burney, age 69, of Covington, died February 11, 2011, at Newton Medical Center. A native of Newton County, Mr. Burney was a member of Stewart Baptist Church and was retired from Delta Airlines with 25 years of service. He and his father operated Burney's Boat Docks, and were well known for building boat docks and boat houses, a business which he continued after his father's death. Mr. Burney was an eight year Veteran of the United States Air Force, serving overseas in Turkey and in the Philippines. He loved fishing and being on the lake, and ...

February 12, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Herbert L. Wiley

Mr. Herbert L. Wiley, 97 of Mansfield, Ga. passed away February 10, 2011 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. Mr. Wiley was born in Covington, Ga. to the late James W. and Nezzie Prickett Wiley. He was a member of Pine Grove Presbyterian Church in Mansfield and a Mason for over 60 years. Mr. Wiley was drafted into the US Army with his friend Mr. E.G. Lassiter in the 1940's and was stationed in Ft. Hood, Texas. Mr. Wiley worked for the State Highway Department in Covington for several years before marrying his wife Bertha Elliott. After his ...

February 11, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sidney "Sid" McCord

Sidney "Sid" McCord of Mansfield, passed away February 6, 2011, at the age of 72. Mr. McCord was a veteran of the United States Army. He enjoyed working on cars, and listening to old music. He was preceded in death by his wife, Venie Elizabeth (McCrary) McCord; parents, Sidney Freeman and Helen Louise (Parker) McCord; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Ronald Banks.

February 07, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Betty Laseter Schell

Betty Laseter Schell of Covington, passed away February 7, 2011, at the age of 83. Mrs. Schell was born in Social Circle, to the late Joseph and Ruby (Powell) Laseter. She was a member of First Baptist Church, in Covington. Mrs. Schell retired from the City of Covington after 31 years of service, and during that time served as city clerk for 22 years, longer than any other person in the city's history. Her life was her family - especially her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She is loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Mrs. Schell ...

February 07, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Peggy Waldrip

Peggy Waldrip, 78, of Covington, passed away Feb. 1. A retired typist with The Gwinnett Daily News, Mrs. Waldrip was preceded in death by her husband, James B. Waldrip in 1991, grandsons Michael and Trey Waldrip in 1976, and Ken Duvall in 2009.

February 03, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Kenneth McGore

Mr. Kenneth McGore died Jan. 31. The son of the late Annie Price McGore and Levi McGore, he was born in 1945 in Newton County. He was preceded in death by sisters Christine, Lenora and Sadie and Brothers Homer Lee, Rufus and Floyd. Kenny, as he was affectionately called, was raised and educated in Newton County. A hard worker, he specialized in road construction and asphalt paving,working for Key Curbing, E R. Snell Paving Company and the Newton County Public Works until his retirement. During his spare time he enjoyed working on cars, fishing and working in the yard ...

February 03, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Hal Winton Cline Sr.

Hal Winton Cline Sr., 77, of Covington, passed away Jan. 22. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Patsy Diane Jones Cline. He is survived by wife Mary Cline. He graduated from Georgia State University and was a veteran of the United States Navy, stationed in San Diego and Okinawa. A loyal member of the First Presbyterian Church, he sang in the choir and was present almost every time the church doors opened. In fact, he opened the doors every Sunday morning, turned on the lights, made the coffee and greeted worshipers as they arrived. In ...

February 03, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Nancy Bohanon

Mrs. Nancy Bohanan of Royston, GA died Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at Newton Medical Center. She was born on February 4, 1937 in Oxford, GA to Harold and Pauline Mobley Stephens. Mrs. Bohanan was a member of Allen Memorial United Methodist Church and was employed by the Newton County School System. She was active in the Girl and Cub Scouts while living in Newton County. Mr. and Mrs. Bohanan moved to Royston, GA in 1989 where she became a member of Royston United Methodist Church and was a member of the Fidelis Sunday School Class and the Joy Circle. She ...

February 03, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Tony Castellana, Sr.

Tony Castellana, Sr., went to be with the Lord, Thursday, January 27, 2011, at the age of 81. Mr. Castellana was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War. He attended Stewart Baptist Church, in Covington, and enjoyed spending time with his friends at the coffee shop. He loved watching football and westerns, but most of all he enjoyed being with his family. Mr. Castellana was preceded in death by his parents, Guiseppe and Benedeto Castellana.

February 02, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Henry James "Jimmy" Wright III

Mr. Henry James "Jimmy" Wright III, Coach Wright, died Jan. 27. The only son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry James (Zenobia Strong) Wright Sr., Mr. Wright, along with his three sisters, was raised and educated in Newton County. He graduated from R.L. Cousins High School in 1957 and attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta, graduating in 1961. He then served in the U.S. Army. After receiving an honorable discharge, he continued his education, receiving a master's degree from Georgia State University. He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. A very hard worker, Mr ...

February 01, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Robert H. Wilson

Robert H. Wilson of Oxford, passed away February 1, 2011, at the age of 64. He attended The Church at Covington, and worked for Kraft Foods for 20 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching John Wayne movies, and he loved Nascar. Mr. Wilson loved all children, and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer Dean and Katherine (Kirkpatrick) Wilson.

February 01, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Wilbur Scottie Byrd

Wilbur Scottie Byrd of Covington, passed away January 31, 2011, at the age of 58. He attended Almon Baptist Church, and worked for Lithonia Lighting, as a truck driver, for 19 years. He loved spending time in Montana, enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Byrd was a loving and devoted father, pawpaw, son, brother, and friend to many. He was preceded in death by his father, Wilbur Byrd.

February 01, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


DeEsta Margaret Coker

DeEsta Margaret Coker, age 88, died January 30, 2011, at her home in Oxford. Born to the late James Elden and DeEsta Margaret McFarland, Mrs. Coker enjoyed gardening, the outdoors and nature, particularly the ocean and birds. She will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Mrs. Coker is preceded in death by her husband, Donald George Coker, and brother, John McFarland.

January 31, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Rachael Payne

Mrs. Rachael B. Payne of Covington passed away January 29, 2011 at the age of 82. She was born in Jackson, GA to James W. and Mary (King) Baugh and was the widow of Ardell Junior Payne and grew up in the Covington Mill area. She enjoyed traveling and camping with her husband, especially the camping trip they took to Alaska. Rachael was a lifetime member of The Gospel Tabernacle and Christ Cornerstone Church, and served as the Ladies Auxiliary Leader for the Gospel Tabernacle. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

January 30, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Barbara Padgett Davis

Barbara Padgett Davis, age 80, of Monticello, passed away Jan. 21 at her residence. The daughter of the late Hubert Lee Padgett and Virginia Gibson Padgett, she was born in Millen in 1930. She married Charles Henry Davis in 1951 in the Padgett's home. They had four children and she began her work career as a school teacher for Savannah Christian School. Later she and Charles owned and operated the Davis Moving and Storage Company. The family moved to Charleston, S.C., in 1969 where she worked for Bud Berma Imports with her husband. In 1974 they moved to ...

January 27, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


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