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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


Mr. Max G. Kilgore

Max G. Kilgore of Covington, Georgia, born April 17, 1919, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on July 19, 2014, at the age of 95. He was born in Palmersville, Tennessee, to John and Charlie Bostic Kilgore who preceded him in death along with his six siblings, Ned, Ralph (Doc), Mary, Dorothy, Annabelle and Sue. Max went to school in Palmersville, Tennessee, until joining a CCC Camp where he worked and completed his final year of high school in Powell, Tennessee. Max was a graduate of the University of Tennessee; and retired as Lieutenant Colonel after ...

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Robert Lonnie Johnston

Mr. Robert Lonnie Johnston age 69 of Conyers died July 4, 2014. A Celebration Service will be held at noon Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Calvary Baptist in Lilburn. Pastor Rev. Cavin Cawthon officiating.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Tommy Granger

Tommy Granger of Covington, passed away January 22, 2011, at the age of 95. Mr. Granger, a recipient of the Legion of Merit Award, was a World War II veteran, having served in the European Theatre. He was a member of North Covington United Methodist Church. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, eating catfish, and working with his two brothers at Granger Brother's Garage. Mr. Granger was a loving and devoted husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He was preceded in death by his wife, Madge (Potts) Granger; and his parents, Steven Nathan and Olivia (Roseberry) Granger; 5 brothers and ...

January 23, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Anthony A. Hinds

Mr. Anthony A. Hinds died Jan. 19 at Newton Medical Center. He was born in 1941 in St. James, Barbados and had been a resident of Covington for seven years, relocating from New York.

January 22, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Billy E. Hester

Mr. Billy E. Hester, 84 of Covington passed away January 19, 2011 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. Billy was born in Walton County to the late Junie and Louise Malcolm Hester. He owned and operated several businesses in Covington including Hester's Pool Room and Hester's Package Store. He loved fishing and baseball, especially the Atlanta Braves. He was also a member of First Presbyterian Church of Covington and a United States Army Veteran. Billy is predeceased by his children Rodney Hester, Marlene Hester and Billy Hester, Jr., his brothers Harry Hester, Jimmy Hester and Sammy Hester and ...

January 21, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Edward Berry deRastick Hanson

The Rev. Edward Berry deRastrick Hanson, Episcopal priest of the Atlanta Diocese, died Jan. 19 after a courageous struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. Father Hanson attended the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, graduated from Georgia State University and received a Master of Divinity from The University of the South. His parishes included St. Michael and All Angels, St. Matthews and the Church of the Good Shepherd.

January 20, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jackie Simmons

Jackie Simmons of Covington, passed away January 18, 2011, at the age of 54. Mr. Simmons enjoyed hunting and fishing; and loved attending gospel singings. Most important to him was his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Carlton and Martha Elizabeth (Johnson) Simmons; brother, David Simmons; and nephew, Shane Simmons.

January 20, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Lester “Fit” Smith

Mr. Lester "Fit" Smith died Jan. 12. The son of the late Nora Smith, he was born in 1928 in Covington. He was raised with his two brothers, Walter and Clyde, both of whom preceded him in death. Mr. Smith was affectionately known as "Fit," He graduated from Washington Street School in 1946. Afterwards he enlisted in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged. He returned to Georgia and attended Morris Brown College. After graduation and married the lovely Ruth Bailey. They were married for 56 years until her death in 2008. For eight years, Lester dedicated himself to ...

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Beverly Jean Reid Nolley

Mrs. Beverly Jean Reid Nolley died Jan. 8. The first child of five children and daughter of Mr. Robert Reid and the late Mrs. Elsia Reid, she was born in 1960 in Covington. She attended Newton County public schools and the family church Little Bethel Baptist Church. An excellent cook, Mrs. Nolley was a valued employee at Jim Stalvey's Restaurant for over 20 years. During her spare time she enjoyed writing poetry. Mrs. Nolley was very out-going and warm-hearted with a loving and caring spirit. She loved being around people, especially children, and was loved by them in return ...

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Christopher Ojeda-Jackson

Christopher Ojeda-Jackson, 6, died Jan. 14. He was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jose (Courtney Jackson) Ojeda on Valentine's Day, 2004, in Atlanta, the second of three children. He was a student at R.J. Burch Elementary School in Tyrone. He loved attending school and playing with his classmates. He was loving, friendly and humorous and enjoyed making others laugh. He was kind to everyone. Because of his beautiful disposition and personality, he was loved by all those whose lives he touched. He was a great brother to both his big sister and little sister. He enjoyed riding his ...

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


The Rev. John Albert Cannon, Jr.

The Reverend John Albert Cannon, Jr., age 85, of Social Circle, died Sunday, January 16, 2011. He was the son of the late John Albert and Ruth Thompson Cannon. John was born in his grandfather's home in Decatur, and was educated in the Decatur city schools. At the age of 17 he joined the U.S. Navy. During World War II he was attached to the First Marine Air Wing in the South Pacific Theater. After the war, he married his high school sweetheart, Jeanne Butler Cannon, and they recently celebrated their 64th anniversary together. John and Jeanne attended ...

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Pat Stowe

Pat Stowe of Covington, passed away January 17, 2011, at the age of 68. Mrs. Stowe was a faithful member of Cornish Mountain Baptist Church, where she loved playing the piano and organ; and singing with the Gospel Tone Quartet. She was stock transfer agent for the Trust Company of GA for 30 years. Mrs. Stowe enjoyed her attempts at crocheting and sewing; and loved to shop and travel. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She was preceded in death by her parents, Columbus Pennington and Ena Viola (Harper) O'Kelley.

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Thomas L. Witcher

Mr. Thomas Lee Witcher, 72 of Covington died January 16, 2011 surrounded by his family. Mr. Witcher was born in Cedartown, Ga. to the late Ralph and Josie Dudley Witcher. He was retired from the US Navy in 1982 after 28 years of active duty. He was a recruiter for the Navy from 1975 to 1979. After retirement from the Navy he worked for the Newton County Water and Sewer Authority for 5 years. He was also the owner and operator of T & G Trenching Company in Covington for over 20 years and a member of Covington Masonic Lodge #558 ...

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jane Wade McIntosh

Jane Wade McIntosh, age 63, of Mansfield died January 14, 2011, at Newton Medical Center in Covington. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Covington, and had been employed by Dan River Incorporated as a Laboratory Technician for 13 years. Mrs. McIntosh enjoyed crafts, animals, plants and computers, but most important to her was her family. She was predeceased by her father, John Ellis Wade, Sr., and brother, John Ellis Wade, Jr.

January 16, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Diane J. Wren

Diane J. Wren, 68, of Covington died January 15, 2011 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. Mrs. Wren loved the Lord and was a member of High Point Baptist Church. In her prior years she was very involved with helping the children in her church, taught Sunday School and sang in the choir in Macon. She enjoyed flowers and gardening and was an avid reader. Mrs. Wren was a very good cook and had a collection of recipe books. She loved her dogs, Solemen and Prissy, but most important to her was her family. Mrs. Wren is preceded in death ...

January 15, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Vivian O'Kelley Bouchillon

Vivian O'Kelley Bouchillon of Covington, passed away January 13, 2011, at the age of 83. Mrs. Bouchillon was born in Porterdale, to the late John William and Odie Bell (Bowen) O'Kelley, and has remained a life-long resident of Newton County. She was well-known, and liked by all who knew her. She was employed by Hutch Clothing, until the store closed, and then C.R. Bard before retiring. She was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. Mrs. Bouchillon was a loving wife and mother. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Bouchillon.

January 14, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Rupert "Bill" Thomas

Rupert "Bill" Thomas of Buckhead passed away on January 11, 2011, at the age of 80. Mr. Thomas was born in Covington to the late John Homer and Mamie Lou (Bohannon) Thomas on June 23, 1930. Mr. Thomas was employed with the Federal Drug Enforcement agency for 31 years. He was a member of Philogia Masonic Lodge # 178 in Conyers, and the Georgia Ramblers Motor Home Club. Mr. Thomas enjoyed all kinds of tools, tinkering with lawn mowers and mowing the lawn. He is predeceased by his sister, Annie Lee Sowell Cook and three brothers, Henri, Horace and Bernard Thomas.

January 13, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


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