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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


Mrs. Mae Hardman

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

July 19, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen | OBITS


Mrs. Jayne Satterfield

Wheeler Funeral Home

July 19, 2014 | | OBITS


Mae Hardman

Mae Hardman, of Rabun Gap, formerly of Porterdale, Georgia, passed away July 15, 2014. Mae was born November 26, 1925, to Carrie Mae (Lunsford) and William Grady Hardman. She had lived in Rabun County since 1971, where she taught at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School until her retirement. Prior to teaching, Mae was a social worker for Bibb Manufacturing Company for 27 years. She was very active in both of her communities, which she dearly loved. Mae served in many civic organizations and held positions over the years in both the Porterdale Presbyterian Church and the Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church. Mae dedicated ...

July 18, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Mrs. Cordie J. Stokes

Mrs. Cordie J. Stokes of Covington, GA. died Friday November 19, 2010 at Abbey Hospice. Mrs. Stokes was born on May 30, 1924 in Loganville, GA. to Simon and Lillie Tuck Johnson. She was a member of The Church At Covington which she dearly loved and was involved in the senior activities at her church. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, visting friends and family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was recently honored at her church as mother of the year.

November 20, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Wyman H. Mims

Wyman H. Mims of Mansfield, passed away November 19, 2010, at the age of 85. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he was a member of Mansfield Baptist Church, and enjoyed collecting and reading different versions of the Bible and other religious books. He worked for Western Electric in Burlington, North Carolina, before retiring after nearly 25 years. After retirement, he devoted his time to his grandchildren in many ways - babysitting, taking them to school, and caring for them when they were not feeling well. In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and wood work. The family ...

November 19, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Charles A. Burnett

Mr. Charles (Charlie) Armour Burnett, 82, passed away Saturday evening at home under the care of Brightmoor Hospice. The son of the late Charles E. Burnett and Aliene Hurst Burnett, he was born in 1928. He was also preceded in death by his brother Robert (Bobby) G. Burnett and step-mother Myrtle Connors Eastwood Burnett. The Charlotte County, Fla., native had lived in Griffin for the last 23 years. Mr. Burnett was an Eagle Scout and an avid outdoorsman. Prior to moving to Griffin, Mr. Burnett retired from a 31 year career at Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, where he ...

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Nellie Hurst Bryant

Mrs. Nellie Byrd Hurst Bryant died Nov. 15 after years of battling Alzheimer's disease. The fifth of seven children of the late Stewart and Phena Hurst, she was born in 1924 in Covington. She accepted Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of Livingston Chapel C.M.E. Church until her health declined. She attended Nixon Chapel Elementary. Mrs. Bryant had a sweet and gentle spirit which brought peace to those around her. She enjoyed spending time in her beautiful garden. In 1942 she was united in marriage to Waymon Bryant, her former husband. Mrs. Bryant ...

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sallie M. King

Sallie M. King of Porterdale, passed away November 18, 2010, at the age of 76. Mrs. King was born in Griffin, Georgia, to the late Earl and Sarah Lee (Christian) Harper. She was affiliated with the Church of Christ, and was a very strong, Christian believer in Jesus Christ. Mrs. King retired from Covington Manor Nursing Home, in 2001, but returned to housekeeping because she loved her work and missed her friends. She enjoyed cooking and walking, but most important to her was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren – they were the light of her life. She was preceded in death by ...

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mary Frances Thomas Mann

Mary Frances Thomas Mann of Covington, passed away November 16, 2010, at the age of 60. She dedicated her life to Westbury Nursing Home, in Conyers, where she was a caregiver for over thirty years until she had to retire due to her health. She dedicated her life to taking care of her parents, and dearly enjoyed her dogs, Joey, Judy and Jeff. She was preceded in death by her parents, Loren Lee and Georgia Mae (Scarber) Thomas. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Keith Whitehead of Lawrenceville, daughter and partner, Debbie L. Lee and Christina Lowery of ...

November 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Viola Luke

Viola Luke, 70, of Covington died November 14, 2010, at Newton Medical Center. She enjoyed fishing, sewing, cooking, working in the garden, and traveling. She will be remembered as a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and was a friend to many. Mrs. Luke was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lavada Walker.

Mrs. Luke is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Lamar Holcombe of Covington; grandchildren, Anna and Daniel Williams, Jessica and Mark Allen, Joshua and Amber Holcombe; great-grandchildren, Natasha Williams, Aaron Williams, Matthew Williams, and Makayla Williams, Johnathan and Marie Allen, Kahlynn Holcombe; 3 sisters; 3 brothers ...

November 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Roy Louis Bayne

Roy Louis Bayne of Conyers, GA died Sunday November 14, 2010 at Rockdale Medical Center. He was born on June 20, 1935 in Muskegon, MI to Glenn and Mildred Duff Bayne. He worked for the US Postal service as a computer technician and then retired in Covington, GA. He enjoyed being with his family being on his computer and taking care of his pets.

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Joanne Davis Kurz

Joanne Davis Kurz, age 74, of Mansfield, died November 15, 2010, at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. She was the daughter of the late Willie and Mary Lou Studdard Green, and the widow of the late Charles Kurz and Corry Davis. An excellent seamstress, Mrs. Kurz enjoyed cooking and loved the outdoors, especially gardening and fishing. She is survived by her daughter, Kathaleen Davis of Monticello; sons and daughters-in-law, Ricky Davis of Colorado Springs, CO, Doug and Debbie Davis of Loganville, Martin and Susan Davis of Mansfield; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews. Funeral Services for Mrs. Kurz will ...

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ted Church

Ted Church of Conyers, passed away November 9, 2010, at the age of 73. Mr. Church attended Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church. He enjoyed hunting, traveling and sports. He was the widower of Margaret Church, and the son of the late Harold and Eva (Coon) Church. Survivors include his loving wife, Rosemary Church of Conyers; children, David Church, Thomas Church, Kevin Church, all of New York, Linda Runyan of Pennsylvania; stepchildren, Jeanne Maguire, Joanne Kumar, Jim Freeze, Jerry Freeze, Judy Freeze, Jane Pagliaro and Chris Freeze. The Mass of Christian Burial will be said Thursday, November 18, at 10 ...

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Minnie B. Rowland

Minnie B. Rowland of Covington, died November 13, 2010 at Westbury Health & Rehabilitation in Conyers, at the age of 88. Mrs. Rowland loved fishing and spending time with her family. She was very dedicated to her God, and to her church. She worked for Bibb Manufacturing Company and retired from C & D Battery. Mrs. Rowland is preceded in death by her husband, Walter Rowland, and parents, George and Lillie Mae Ballard.

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Melinda Ragan

Melinda Ragan, 44, of Covington, passed away Nov. 10. Surviving are children Ashton Nicole Ragan, Jersey, Brandon Eugene and Lindsay Ragan, Conyers, Lacye Grace Ragan, Covington; parents Roy and Mary Wilson, Covington; brother Chuck Wilson; sister and brother-in-law:Trina and John Deerman, Conyers; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

November 13, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Etta Giddens Bates

Etta Giddens Bates, long-time resident of Albany, died Nov. 9, just short of her 100th birthday. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Giddens, she was born in Arlington and was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lt. Col. William H. Bates Sr. (1998) of Covington and sister Catheryn Giddens (1957). Mrs. Bates received her bachelor's degree from Valdosta State College, master's degree from Oglethorpe University and specialist degree in reading from the University of Georgia. She taught in school systems in Guam and Germany and several systems in Georgia including Dougherty County where she ...

November 11, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


J.W. Rutledge

J.W. Rutledge of Covington, died November 8, 2010, at the age of 63. He was born in Porterdale, to the late Dean and Blondine (Hay) Rutledge, and attended Newton County High School, where he was a member of the state championship basketball team in 1964. Mr. Rutledge was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and served at Ft. Gordon helping returning Vietnam veterans adjust to civilian life. He taught at Newton High for 8 years, before continuing in administration as both the vocational supervisor and head principal, for a total of 32 years. Mr. Rutledge was a very ...

November 09, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Elsie D. Smith

Ms. Elsie D. Smith of Covington passed away November 8, 2010 at the age of 76. Born in Newton County to the late Reber Neal and Annice Christine "Tinie" (Cagle) Ivey, she worked for John H. Harland Company, enjoyed cooking and growing flowers. Her family was very important to her, especially her grandchildren and her great-grandchild.

November 08, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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