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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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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


Gail Deas

Gail Deas, 66, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, Oct. 29, at her home. Mrs. Deas had lived in the Atlanta area for over 60 years before moving to Chattanooga three years ago.

November 02, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Melvin Hollis Johnson Sr.

Melvin Hollis Johnson Sr., 74, of Tiger passed away Oct. 28 after an extended battle with cancer.

November 02, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Alexander Scott Pace

Alexander Scott Pace "Big A," 20, of Statesboro, Oxford, and Pensacola, Fla., passed away Oct. 27, doing what he loved, playing soccer.

November 02, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dr. William Archer Reid

Dr. William Archer Reid, age 87, of Mansfield, died November 1, 2010. A member of Pine Grove Presbyterian Church in Covington, Dr. Reid attended Tulane University, Medical College of Georgia in Augusta from 1947 – 1949 and Emory University School of Medicine from 1949 – 1951 where he graduated with a degree in medicine. His internship and residency was at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta from 1951 from 1956. Dr. Reid received multiple teaching and hospital appointments in Atlanta. Hospital appointments included Past President, Georgia Baptist Medical Center; Chief of Surgery, Atlanta West Hospital; Chief of General Surgery, West Paces Ferry Hospital ...

November 02, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Elizabeth Deaver Murph Creech

Elizabeth Deaver Murph "Betty" Creech, 79, of the Veazey Community in Greene County, died Friday, Oct. 29, at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born on May 19, 1931 in Spartanburg, S.C. to the late Paul Marion Murph and Elizabeth Deaver Murph of Whitestone, S.C. Betty graduated from Spartanburg High School and attended Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina. In 2006 she moved from Covington to the Veazey Community to live with her daughter and husband, Myra and Jeff Cronan. She was a homemaker and a member of Mansfield United Methodist Church in Mansfield. She ...

October 31, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sylvia Elaine Sims

Ms. Sylvia Elaine Sims died Oct. 22. The daughter of Robert Lee Cobb and the late Annie Joyce Chandler, she was born in 1959. She graduated from Newton County School system and was employed with Bibb and Marshall for several years. She joined Springfield Missionary Baptist Church at a young age. Affectionately called "Syl," she was a beloved daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and good friend to life-long acquaintances. She was known for always having a broad smile and sunny disposition. Ms. Sims never let an opportunity pass without telling her loved ones and friends that she loved them.

October 28, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS


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