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Mike Fondren

Mike Fondren, age 59, of Covington passed away December 11, 2014. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 21, 1955 to the late James Dolphus and Audrey Gardner Fondren. Mike was the owner of 3rd Base Sports Bar and Grill on Salem Road. He was enjoyed fishing and camping and loved spending time with his grandchildren and family and his 3rd Base family. Mike retired from Steven's Graphics. He was preceded in death by his son Keith Fondren in 2011.

December 12, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Leisa Romero

Ms. Leisa Romero, age 45, of Jasper passed away at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

December 11, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Rita Unger

Rita Unger of Covington, passed away December 10, 2014, at the age of 82. She and her loving husband, Eric, were adventurous German immigrants who migrated to the United States to raise a family. The family lived for a short time in Ohio and Kentucky before settling in the Covington, Georgia area. She worked at Hercules in Covington for 25 years. She will be remembered by her family as a very loving mother and grandmother (Oma), who enjoyed traveling the United States and Europe. She was also an animal lover, who enjoyed her dogs, Teddy, Amber and Suzie. She was ...

December 11, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Larry Morton

Mr. Larry Morton, 79, of Oxford, passed away Thursday, December 11, 2014. He was born May 2, 1935 in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Daniel Jefferson and Martha Brookshrie Morton. Mr. Morton worked for Gordy Tile Company for 25 years. He enjoyed riding horses and coon hunting for many years.

December 11, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


John Marcus Cook

Mr. John Marcus Cook, age 83, a lifelong resident of Covington passed away December 8, 2014. He was born in Monticello, Georgia on April 29, 1931 to the late Aubie Neal and Nellie Mae Hickman Cook. Mr. Cook was a mechanic and worked for Holbrook Farm Equipment in McDonough where he was employed for 33 years. He was a dedicated member of Stewart Baptist Church where he attended for over 50 years and served as a Deacon. Mr. Cook loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed watching trains and people and enjoyed the time that he spent with his ...

December 09, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Martha King Moody

Martha King Moody, 88, passed away on Friday, December 5, 2014, in Nixa, Montana. She was born in Covington and lived here much of her life. She was married for 61 years to Frank Moody, Jr., who preceded her in death in 2007. Mrs. Moody was a pastor's wife, and at various times, she had jobs as a secretary and substitute teacher. A member of a large family, she always enjoyed being with family members. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Covington.

December 09, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Natalie Wright Hull

Natalie Wright Hull, 75, of Covington died Monday, December 8 at Emory University Hospital.

December 09, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dr. Sherry Lea DeLoach Maloney

On December 7, 2014, Dr. Sherry Lea DeLoach Maloney of Gainesville, Georgia went to be with our Lord. Sherry passed away at the age of 58, after a four-year battle with ovarian cancer.

December 08, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Roosevelt Lewis Roberts

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

December 08, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Peggy Knox

Peggy Knox, age 79, of Covington, passed away December 2, 2014. Mrs. Knox was a soft-spoken lady, with a gentle spirit and caring heart. She enjoyed playing bridge and dining out at nice restaurants. Additionally, she was an exceptional cook, and was known for her delicious pancakes and biscuits. Mrs. Knox cherished her family and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

December 03, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Billie Kay Rawlins

Mrs. Billie Kay Rawlins, age 82, of Homestead, Florida passed away November 27, 2014. She was born November 25, 1932 in Porterdale, Georgia to the late James Lonnie and Regina Marie Guthrie. Mrs. Rawlins was a strong willed woman who loved her children and grandchildren very much. A woman with a strong work ethic, she worked at Owens Illinois in Hapeville, Georgia from 1957 to 1993. Mrs. Rawlins was an avid bowler who bowled on numerous championship teams. She loved to cook and shared that passion with her friends and family. Mrs. Rawlins was full of life, she enjoyed dancing ...

December 03, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Martha Ann Ridling Archer

Mrs. Martha Ann Ridling Archer, of Kennesaw, passed away November 24, 2014, at the age of 79. She was born September 29, 1935, in McDonough, GA, to the late Frank and Thelma (Sowell) Ridling. Mrs. Archer was preceded in death by her husband, George Archer.

December 03, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Willie Gene Henderson

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

December 03, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


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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


Wilbur Scottie Byrd

Wilbur Scottie Byrd of Covington, passed away January 31, 2011, at the age of 58. He attended Almon Baptist Church, and worked for Lithonia Lighting, as a truck driver, for 19 years. He loved spending time in Montana, enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Byrd was a loving and devoted father, pawpaw, son, brother, and friend to many. He was preceded in death by his father, Wilbur Byrd.

February 01, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


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