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John Howard Johnson

John Howard Johnson, of Covington, passed away April 5, 2015, at the age of 73. After working for the State of Georgia as an accountant, Mr. Johnson started his own business providing tax preparation and financial services across Metropolitan Atlanta for 17 years until his retirement. He was a private pilot and enjoyed fishing, playing golf and watching NASCAR. An upstanding citizen in the community, he was a member of the Gideons in Newton County, serving as treasurer for many years, and was a charter member of East Newton Baptist Church. In addition, he proudly served his country in the ...

April 06, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Mitchell Wright

Mitchell Reed Wright died Tuesday, March 31 at age 91, after a year's stay at Benton House in Covington. He passed away peacefully in his sleep. Mr. Wright was the son of the late Dr. William Cosby Wright and Sarah Louise Camp Wright, both long-time residents of Covington. He is survived by cousins, Charles Maxwell of Anthem, AZ, Margie Maxwell Swift of Selma, AL, and Diane Maxwell Richardson of Birmingham, AL. During World War II, Mitchell participated in the D-Day Invasion. After the war he lived in Paris, France for most of his adult life, where he was a ...

April 05, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


James “J.B.” Norman

James "J.B" Norman of Covington, passed away April 3, 2015, at the age of 72. Mr. Norman owned and operated Norman Printing Company for 32 years. A member of Eastridge Community Church, J.B. enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding and working on motorcycles. Additionally, he liked going to auctions and yard sales. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Lois Mask Norman.

April 04, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Melvin Evans “Jack” Williams

Melvin Evans "Jack" Williams, 78 of Oxford, passed away peacefully at home Thursday April 2, 2015. Jack was born in Oxford, Georgia to the late Melvin and Mildred Williams. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Dodd.

April 03, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Dolores N. Biddy Rutland

Mrs. Dolores N. Biddy Rutland, age 71, of Covington passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015. She was born November 5, 1943, in Gainesville, Georgia to the late Thomas and Myrtie Nix. Dolores was a faithful daughter of our Heavenly Father. She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Covington. She always connected with a local church wherever she lived. Dolores had a beautiful alto voice and loved singing praises to God. She loved God's Word and shared it with others through neighborhood Bible studies, Sunday school classes, and wherever she had opportunity to witness about His love ...

April 03, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Rachel Young Daniel

Rachel Young Vansant Daniel, 104, of Covington, passed away April 1, 2015. Mrs. Daniel was born in Douglasville, and was 1929 graduate of Metter High School. Following graduation, she had several jobs, in Atlanta, as the nation recovered from the depression. In 1939, she joined Liberty Mutual where she worked as a claims adjustor and later a Fleet Manager for their leased vehicles. She and her first husband, Ralph Linch, were married only nine years before he was killed, in action, on Omaha Beach during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. She later married Alton Daniel, in 1948, and together they ...

April 03, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Patt Smith

Patt Smith of Covington, passed away April 1, 2015, at the age of 82. Mrs. Smith graduated from Sparks Memorial Hospital in Ft. Smith, AR with her registered nursing degree. She was also affiliated with Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Mrs. Smith retired from Weyerhaeuser where she was an Eastern U.S. in-service manager. She was of the Baptist faith, enjoyed spending time with family, reading, camping and fishing. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Smith; parents, Fred and Gladys Walters; her sisters, Betty and Colene.

April 03, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Harvey Lee Anglin

Mr. Harvey Lee Anglin, age 83, of Covington passed away March 31, 2015. He was born September 1, 1931 in Atlanta, Georgia to Albert Thomas and Elizabeth Payne Anglin. Mr. Anglin enjoyed racing and is a member of The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. He raced at the Peach Bowl, Lakewood and Sonoma. Mr. Anglin retired from General Motors and was a member of UAW Local 34. Mr. Anglin was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who together with his wife personified family and were role models for not only their family but for all that were blessed ...

April 01, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Marion Crenshaw Henderson

Mrs. Marion Crenshaw Henderson, age 85, of Covington passed away March 28, 2015. She was born November 3, 1929 in Walton County, Georgia to James Leonard and Mary Irene Chandler Crenshaw. Mrs. Henderson was a people person; she worked as a cashier for many years, first at the Old Hickory House and then for Jim Stalvey at both the Crest Restaurant and Stalvey's Restaurant. She was the oldest member of Solid Rock Baptist Church and volunteered at the food ministry every week. Mrs. Henderson was a loving wife, mother, grandmother great grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She ...

March 28, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Willie Oscar McKibben Jr.

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

March 27, 2015 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Willie Oscar McKibben Jr.

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

March 27, 2015 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


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Brigitte Cabiness

Brigitte Cabiness of Conyers, GA died Saturday November 26, 2011. She was born on October 7, 1946 in Burg am Fehmarn , Germany to Peter and Ursula (Heiden) Schieweck. While in Germany she was a Physical Therapist specializing in Vojta therapy to babies and young children with central nervous system disturbances (Cerebral Palsy). There are a lot of young adults walking and running around the world with fewer physical handicaps because of her therapy. In her 40s she returned to the University and received her BA and Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Studying and learning were the best years of ...

November 28, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Bill Humphries

Bill Humphries of Oxford passed away November 19, 2011, at 65 years of age. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Berry and Ira (Peace) Humphries, brother, Rodney Humphries, and sister, Janice Chittum. Mr. Humphries enjoyed fishing, riding motorcycles and taking care of his family.

November 26, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ruth Gartenhaus Smith

Ruth Gartenhaus Smith, 88, of Conyers, passed away November 23, 2011, at Hospice House of Conyers, surrounded by her family and friends. She was a long-time, active member of Canaan Baptist Church, in Covington, where she was involved with the Sunshine Fellowship group; and a faithful supporter of the church and its mission projects. She was the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Jacob Gartenhaus of Atlanta, GA and Chattanooga, TN, who were founders of the International Board of Jewish Missions. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, James. A. Smith.

November 25, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Rita Montez Hunt

Rita Montez Hunt of Covington, GA died Thursday November 24, 2011 at Abbey Hospice. She was born on September 22, 1945 in Covington, GA to Thomas Richard and Dorothy Louise Palmer Jones.She loved to read and spend time with her grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother.

November 25, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Cassandra V. Thorne

Mrs. Cassandra V. Thorne died Nov. 11. She was born in 1959, the daughter of Herbert H. and Corine Gunn, in Washington, D.C. She began her education in the public schools of Washington, D.C., and then graduated from Howard University in 1982 and committed her life to serve God through her professional expertise as an occupational therapist. She relocated to Georgia in 1991 and in 1992 married Michael Thorne. With a smile that lit up a room, Cassandra lived a life that brought glory to God and brightened the lives of people who loved her. She was a ...

November 23, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Marilyn Smith Gregory

Marilyn Smith Gregory of Covington, passed away November 22, 2011, at the age of 68. Mrs. Gregory was an active member of Covington First United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, and Secretary of the Josie Goode Sunday School Class. She was one of the founding members of the Satsuki Garden Club, Newton County Soccer, and the Covington First United Methodist Church Preschool Program. Mrs. Gregory volunteered her time with several different organizations including the Red Cross, Newton County Clean and Beautiful, and was also a Pink Lady volunteer. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend; and will ...

November 23, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mary Plunkett

Mrs. Mary Plunkett of Covington died November 22, 2011 at the age of 76. She was born in Acworth, GA, to the late Henry Grady and Pearl Lorine "Ray" Thomas and was the widow of the late Jimmy Elvin Plunkett. She retired from textile manufacturing after working for over 20 years in Fulton County. Mary enjoyed playing Bingo. She enjoyed visiting with friends and loved spending time with her family. Mary is preceded in death by her son, Earnest Lee Plunkett.

November 23, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Charles Byron Christie

Charles Byron Christie, 76, of Eatonton passed away at his residence. Mr. Christie was a truck driver for most of his life and a member of Lone Oak Baptist Church.

November 22, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mittie Lou Wilkerson Owenby

Mittie Lou Wilkerson Owenby of Lawrenceville, passed away November 21, 2011, at Gwinnett Medical Center. She was 83 years old at the time of her death. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Lamar Owenby; parents, Charlie Autry and Mary Grace (Barnett) Wilkerson; sister, Jo Ann Sims; and brother, Gerald Wilkerson. Mrs. Owenby was employed by Southern Bell for several years, and retired from the State of Georgia. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Covington, Eastern Star and Women's Auxiliary for the Disabled American Veterans.

November 22, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Polly Beam

Polly Beam, 89, of Porterdale, passed away Nov. 20. The daughter of the late Edgar and Gracie Curley Frey, she was born in Dallas and has resided in Newton County since 1959. She was a member of Gaither's United Methodist Church. Ms. Beam was a loving mother, and will be missed by her family and friends.

November 22, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jerry Wayne Deerman

Jerry Wayne Deerman of Oxford, GA died Sunday November 20, 2011. He was born on September 2, 1962 in Atlanta, GA to John and Shelby Hunter Deerman, Sr. He was a member and Director of Works of Golden Fleece Masonic Lodge #6 where he was currently serving as Junior Deacon. He also was currently serving as District Deputy to the Grand Master of Masons in Georgia in the 8th Masonic District. He was a Past Master of Pace Lodge #558 where he was active in all areas and especially enjoyed coaching. He was also involved in the York Rite bodies ...

November 21, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ernest Norris "Ernie" Johnson

Mr. Ernest Norris "Ernie" Johnson, age 55, of Covington passed away November 17, 2011 at Newton Medical Center. He was born March 3, 1956 in Ozark, Alabama at Fort Rucker to the late Ernest "Son" Johnson and Charlotte Johnson who survives him. Ernie was the former owner of Covington Radiator and was employed for many years at Bulldog Tire and Midas Muffler in Covington. He was of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by his father Ernest "Son" Johnson and his brother Nathan Randall Johnson.

November 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Maxine Cosby Harris

Ms. Maxine Cosby Harris departed this earthly life On Nov. 13. On April 26, 1967, Maxine Cosby was born in Morgan County, to the late Freeman Cosby, Sr. and Betty Clemons. The family later moved to Newton County, where she was educated in the Newton County School System. She was united in matrimony in 1997 to Mr. Larry Harris. The union was blessed with a beautiful daughter, Layonna.

November 17, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Marvin T. Pressley

Marvin T. Pressley of Covington, passed away November 15, 2011 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. He was 70 years old at the time of his death. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Zelvia (Bishop) Pressley. Mr. Pressley enjoyed hot rod cars, drag racing, fishing and mechanical work. He was a selfless man who had a heart of gold and was willing to help anyone. He loved driving a loader and going to the mountains. Mr. Pressley was a member of the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, and the American Legion. He will be remembered as a ...

November 16, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Lorene P. Rainey

Lorene P. Rainey of Covington, passed away November 16, 2011, at the age of 96. Mrs. Rainey was a faithful member of Alcovy United Methodist Church, for over 30 years, and loved her church family dearly. She enjoyed watching the Atlanta Braves, reading, and working in the flower garden. Mrs. Rainey loved her family, and enjoyed cooking for them. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Rainey; and her parents, Monroe Sanford and Leona (Evans) Pair.

November 16, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


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