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Glen Selin

Glen Selin, 56, of Covington passed away Saturday, September 6, 2014. He was born September 16, 1957 in Hearst, Ontario, Canada to the late William and Edna Selin. Glen was a fun loving, hardworking man. He loved life and lived it to the fullest daily. Glen loved to travel and worked for USNR as a project manager where he traveled all over the world. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Covington and enjoyed helping throughout his community; building planter boxes in Porterdale and well houses for friends, he loved every minute of it. Mr. Selin was ...

September 12, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ms. Geneva Allen

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

September 12, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mrs. Mary A. Leasure

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.

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Leland Eugene Payne

Leland Eugene Payne, 66, of Ash, died Saturday, September 6, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Sara Helen Jordan

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.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Betty Christian Thomas

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.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Louise H. Smith

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.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Rebecca 'Ann' Reid

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.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Florence Taylor Lowen-French

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 ...

September 04, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Kenneth Lanier Anglin

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.

September 04, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Arthur Will Ponder

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

September 04, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Cheryl Easterlin-Slate

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 ...

September 03, 2014 | | OBITS


Mrs. Betty Jane Cordell Edwards

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.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Joe Yarbrough

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.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Joe 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.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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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


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


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