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Henry Starr Corley

Mr. Henry Starr Corley, of Covington, passed away, Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at the age of 93. He was born February 19, 1921 in the Starrsville Community of Newton County to the late William H. Corley, Sr. and Leila Wright Corley and was also preceded in death by his brother, William H. Corley, Jr. and sister, Katheryn Corley Mills. Mr. Corley was a surveyor for the Georgia Department of Transportation and a veteran of the United States Army Airforce. He was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd.

October 09, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Kenneth Felton "Tump" Bradford

Mr. Kenneth Felton "Tump" Bradford, age 74, of Oxford passed away Sunday, October 5, 2014. He was born November 3, 1939 in Lawrenceville to the late William Howard and Jewell Lindsey Bradford. Mr. Bradford served in the United States Navy and was a member of Central Community Church. He was retired from General Motors and also worked for a number of years following his retirement at General Mills. Mr. Bradford loved to work in his garden and loved his family very much. He was preceded in death by his sister Gloria Fincannon and his grandson Tucker Hankins.

October 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Marilyn McKay Ellisor

Marilyn McKay Ellisor, age 71, died Friday October 3, 2014, in her home in Watkinsville, after a valiant year-long confrontation with cancer. During her last days and hours she was comforted by family, many friends and the capable staff of Silverleaf Hospice.

October 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. G. Orville Capps

G. Orville Capps of Covington, passed away October 1, 2014, at the age of 88. Mr. Capps was a member of County Line Baptist Church. He was a dedicated employee, of the City of Covington, where he worked several years prior to his retirement. Prior to his employment with the City, Mr. Capps worked for Gas, Inc. He was an avid Atlanta Braves fan, enjoyed watching wrestling and spending time outdoors gardening and fishing. Mr. Capps was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in ...

October 04, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Reuben Yearwood

Reuben Yearwood, age 79, of Covington, passed away September 30, 2014. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and going fishing. Mr. Yearwood loved his family dearly, and especially cherished his time spent with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Howard and Lovie (Chambers) Yearwood.

October 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ralph William "Bill" Hoffman

Ralph William "Bill" Hoffman passed away in his Covington home, September 30, 2014, at the age of 90. Mr. Hoffman was a member and former deacon of the First Baptist Church, in Covington, where he also served as past chairman of the Board, Sunday School teacher and superintendent of the Intermediate Department.

October 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Mildred "Mrs. Millie" Maloy

Mildred "Mrs. Millie" Maloy, a lifelong resident of Porterdale, passed away September 27, 2014, at the age of 95. She was a member of Porterdale Baptist Church and the Porterdale Woman's Club. Mrs. Millie was known for her sharp mind and quick wit, and therefore gained the nickname, "The General." She loved her family dearly and especially cherished her role as a grandmother. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family. Mrs. Millie was preceded in death by her husband, Carl B. Maloy; parents, Leo and Candace Shaw; and her brother, Marshall "Pete" Shaw.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Annelle Townsend

Annelle Townsend, of Oxford, passed away Sept. 26, 2014 at the age of 82. Married to Grady Townsend for 59 years, the couple honeymooned in Daytona, and visited there every year around their anniversary. Mrs. Townsend enjoyed shopping, but most of all she loved being with her family. She was a member of Heritage Hills Baptist Church in Conyers and will be remembered as a great cook – always preparing more than enough. Mrs. Townsend was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Sally Mae Davis; brothers, Buford Davis, R.H. Davis; and sister, Willene Royal.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Vera K. Stalvey

Vera K. Stalvey, of Covington, passed away September 26, 2014, at the age of 94. Mrs. Stalvey lived in Rome, GA until she moved to Covington in 1975. She was a member of Covington Church of God in Covington, and a former member or East Rome Church of God, where she taught Sunday School. Mrs. Stalvey enjoyed quilting, crocheting and ceramics, but her focus was being a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norwood A. Stalvey; grandsons, Scott Stalvey and Tony Stalvey; great-grandson, Matthew Stalvey; parents, Randy and Mary Louise (Morgan) Wright

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Opal O'Dell Graves

Funeral services for Opal O'Dell Graves, 91, of Murphy, North Carolina., were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. The Reverends Edward Carter, Fred Lunsford and Jim Ross officiated. Following the service, interment was in the church's cemetery. She died on Monday, September 15, 2014, after an extended illness.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. 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 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Peggy Jean Mathis

Peggy Jean Mathis of Covington, passed away September 22, 2014, at the age of 63. Peggy enjoyed drawing, puzzle books and watching soap operas. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was known for her wonderful sense of humor and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Peggy was preceded in death by her father, John Henry Turner.

September 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Elmer 'Mo' Blankenship

Elmer "Mo" Blankenship, Sr. 87, of Oxford, passed away on September 23, 2014 at Newton Medical Center. He was born on May 29, 1927 to the late Mindy Smith Blankenship. Mr. Blankenship was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Covington where he served as a deacon. He served in the US Navy during WWII and was one of the founding members of the Newton County Touchdown Club. Mr. Blankenship was a member of the Golden Fleece Masonic Lodge No. 6, a longtime scout leader and scout master of Troup No. 211 of Oxford. He loved watching his great-grandson ...

September 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jeanne Wiley Driver

Mrs. Jeanne Wiley Driver, age 80, of Covington passed away September 24, 2014. She was born September 12, 1934 in Covington to the late James and Nezzie Prickett Wiley. Mrs. Driver was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend; a good Christian woman who was a member of Sardis Congregational Church and attended Gaither's United Methodist Church and Porterdale Presbyterian Church. She loved nature, flowers and was an Atlanta Braves fan. Mrs. Driver was a private duty nurse who sat with many families during extended illnesses; she was loved by everyone who knew her.

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Marie Norman

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

September 23, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


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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


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


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