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Mr. J.C. “Shep” Shepard Jr.

J.C. "Shep" Shepard Jr., 89, of Social Circle, passed to be with his beloved wife of 50 years Elizabeth "Liz" Clay Shepard on August 25, 2014. Born December 20, 1924, he was the son of the late James Curtis Shepard and Jessie V. Shepard Studdard. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Bill Shepard.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Louise Thomason

Louise Thomason of Covington, passed away Aug. 24, 2014, at the age of 84. Ms. Thomason was an active member of New Life Praise Center, in Covington, and was a dedicated employee of Lithonia Lighting for 38 years. Following her work at Lithonia Lighting, she dedicated herself to caring for handicapped children. Ms. Thomason was a giving lady, and constantly gave of her time to help those less fortunate. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Preceding her in death was her brother, Thomas McCord.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Rita Ward White

Mrs. Rita Ward White, age 90, of Oxford, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, at her home. Mrs. White was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Statesboro, Georgia, and was the eldest daughter of Robert Lee and Florence Hendrix Ward. She grew up in a farming family in Bulloch County, Georgia, and was a graduate of Nevils High School. In 1943, she married her husband of 56 years, Darvin White. When Mr. White began working for Independent Life and Accident Insurance Company, they moved to Newton County and settled in Oxford, Georgia. While her children were very young, Mrs. White was a ...

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Bonnie M. Tingler

Mrs. Bonnie M. Tingler, of Covington, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014, at the age of 87. She was born in Ronceverte, West Virginia to the late Russell and Emma M. Morgan. Mrs. Tingler was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Covington and was an avid BINGO player at the Covington ELKS Club and Conyers American Legion. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Tingler.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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James E. (Jimmy) Biggers

James E. (Jimmy) Biggers of Covington, passed away March 5, 2011, at the age of 73. Mr. Biggers was born in Newborn, GA, to the late Eddie and Inez (Ivey) Biggers. He retired from Hercules, Inc., after 31 years of dedicated service. He enjoyed outdoor activities, and especially enjoyed playing horseshoes. He was an avid deer hunter and freshwater fisherman. Mr. Biggers was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

March 06, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Rositha Norvel Bolden

Rositha Norvel Bolden, 53, passed away March 3, 2011, at her residence in Covington, GA. Mrs. Bolden was a retired Sergeant of the United States Army after 20 years of service. During her service, she received an Army Commendation medal, Army Achievement medal, Army Good Conduct medal (5th Award), National Defense Service medal, Non-commissioned Officer's Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 2, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), and the Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar. Upon her retirement, she continued her education at Dekalb Technical College, where she received her Associates Degree; and then ...

March 04, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Geraldine Bates Watson

Geraldine Bates Watson, age 87 of Carthage, N.C., died March 1 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, N.C. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

March 03, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Richard E. (Dick) Bellairs

Local well known Pharmacist, Richard E. (Dick) Bellairs, of Covington, died February 28, 2011, at Newton Medical Center in Covington at the age of 80. A native of Michigan and an avid golfer, he was the son of the late Walter and Hilma Boehmer Bellairs, and a Veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Bellairs was a graduate of the School of Pharmacy at Purdue University, and was co-owner and operator of Standard Pharmacy in Porterdale and Professional Court Pharmacy in Covington. He was a member of the Covington Rotary Club for over fifty years, serving as its President, and ...

February 28, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Susan B. Whisnante

Mrs. Susan Barnes Whisnante, 63 of Mansfield passed away February 24, 2011 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. Susan was born in Atlanta to the late Charles Byron and Margie Smith Barnes. She graduated from Loganville High School in 1965. She was affectionately known as "Big Mama" to her friends and she had many. She loved helping others however she could. She could talk to anybody about anything and she never met a stranger. She was fun loving and energetic. Susan was a member of Rutledge First United Methodist Church and a dedicated volunteer at the former Rutledge Academy. She ...

February 25, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


John Patrick Barnes

John Patrick Barnes of Covington, passed away February 23, 2011, at the age of 58. Mr. Barnes attended Red Oak United Methodist Church, and enjoyed eating, watching TV, and listening to music. When he was younger, he enjoyed traveling. Mr. Barnes was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Grady and Ruth Miles (Smith) Barnes; sister, Vickie Peplinski; brother, George Thomas Barnes.

February 24, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Hazel Burnette Rogers

Hazel Rogers Burnette, 67, Loganville passed away Feb. 21. She attended Corinth Christian Church and was preceded in death by parents Ollie and Eunice Ellis Rogers.

February 22, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Debbie Mask

Ms. Martha Deborah "Debbie" Mask of Covington, GA died Monday, February 21, 2011 at her residence. She was born on July 15, 1952 in Greenville, SC to Perry and Martha Burns. She was a loving mother, sister, Nana and friend to many. She touched many lives, always had a smile and will be missed by all. She was an Agent for American Realty Professionals.

February 22, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Margaret L. Cook

Mrs. Margaret L. Cook, 85 of Oxford passed away Monday February 21, 2011 at Newton Medical Center. Mrs. Cook was born in Newton County to the late Guy and Viola Chapman McGiboney, Sr.. Mrs. Cook was a homemaker and a member of Grace Baptist Church. She loved working in the church and teaching Sunday school. She and her late husband were very active in the Brick Store Community and in Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church. She loved knitting, reading and her telephone friends. She was a loving mother to her two daughters who survive her, Brenda and John Hitchcock of ...

February 22, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sexton Anderson

Sexton Anderson, age 89, of Decatur, died February 18, 2011. She was born Mary Sexton Grayson on April 17, 1921, in Saltville, VA, the second child of the late John Tate Grayson, Sr. and Nannie Lou Altice Grayson. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Radford College in Radford, VA, and both her Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She began her teaching career for the Bristol (Virginia) School Board in 1942 and taught at the Napsonian School in Atlanta (1944-45) and for the Newton County (Georgia) School Board in the ...

February 20, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Betty Morton Norton

Betty Morton Norton of Covington, passed away February 16, 2011, at the age of 79. She enjoyed cooking, cleaning, shopping, traveling, reading, and word puzzles. Mrs. Norton was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to many. Mrs. Norton was preceded in death by her parents, Grover C. and Fannie Louise (Yarbrough) Morton, Sr.; and her siblings, Allene Brown, Tony Morton, Sadie Hopkins, and her husband, George.

February 17, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Donald W. Steele

Donald W. Steele, 74, passed away at his residence in Covington, February 16, 2011. Son of the late Dewey Watson and Margaret McCart Steele, he was a member of High Point Baptist Church. Mr. Steele retired as Director of the Georgia Revenue Department after more than 34 years of service. He enjoyed singing with the Conyers-Covington Choral Guild, and loved his wood working. Mr. Steele was devoted to his wife, daughters, grandchildren, great-grandson, and his church family.

February 17, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Audrey J. Campbell

Audrey J. Campbell, 77, passed away on Feb. 5 after a short illness. Mrs. Campbell was a devoted wife and mother who leaves behind many dear friends. She cherished her involvement at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church for the many years she was a member.

February 12, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


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


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