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Mr. W.A. "Billy" McElreath

Mr. W.A. "Billy" McElreath, age 81, of Covington passed away Sunday, February 08, 2015. He was born March 29, 1933 in Madison County Georgia to Mr. and Mrs. A. L. McElreath who has preceded him in death. Mr. McElreath served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He retired from the City of Covington and also owned and operated McElreath Garage in Covington for many years. A longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Covington "Mr. Billy" could be found serving on just about any committee throughout the years, from the building and grounds ...

February 08, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Barbara Long

Barbara Long of Porterdale, passed away February 6, 2015, at the age of 80. Mrs. Long was an excellent seamstress. She enjoyed crocheting, camping and fishing. Mrs. Long was always willing to lend a helping hand. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother. Mrs. Long will be dearly missed by all who loved and knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie and Estelle Taylor Dunevent; daughter, Glenda Marie Long; son, Virgil Lee (Rip) Long, Jr.; granddaughters, Monica Long and Gina Glass; great-granddaughter, Zoey Jones.

February 07, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mike Wayt

Mike Wayt, of Mansfield, passed away February 3, 2015, at the age of 51. Mike loved time spent with family. He was a giving man and would help anyone in need; in fact, he was known for his eagerness to intervene whenever there was a crisis. He enjoyed working with his hands and could fix or build anything. He was proud to be associated with various charities, including Food for the Poor and Jewish Voice Ministries. He was very energetic, and he was a man of great faith in his later years.

February 05, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Janice M. Hersom

September 13, 1936 – January 31, 2015

February 04, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Fred Lamar Covington

Lieutenant Colonel Fred Lamar Covington, 79, passed away on January 31, 2015. Colonel Covington was a 20-year veteran of the United States' Air Force, serving as a Senior Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO) and Systems' Management Engineer. During his military career he served in the Vietnam War from 1972 to 1973, where he completed 43 combat missions in the F-105 Wild Weasel, for a total of 128 combat flight hours.

February 03, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Hazel Lackey Tuggle

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

February 02, 2015 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Miss Janet Glover

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

February 02, 2015 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Milton Zinnamon

Lester lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

February 02, 2015 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mrs. Amy Ruth Russell

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

February 02, 2015 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mrs. Juanita Belcher Grier

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

February 02, 2015 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mrs. Willie Mae Sands

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

February 02, 2015 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mrs. Dorothy LaRuth Freeman Johnson

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

February 02, 2015 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mr. Eddie Maurice Gotel

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

February 02, 2015 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS


Mrs. Helen Jean Cantillon

Helen Jean Cantillon went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was born on Oct. 8, 1933. Helen was retired from Oxford College cafeteria.

January 31, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Bobby Joe Dial

Bobby Joe Dial, age 63, of Covington, passed away January 29, 2015. He loved his family dearly and will be missed by all who knew him. Bobby Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Archie Joe and Hazel (Hall) Dial.

January 31, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Margaret Skelton

Miss Margaret Skelton of Conyers passed away at Rockdale Medical Center on January 24, 2011 at the age of 82. Margaret was born in Covington to D. C. "Bill" and Dolly (Ramey) Skelton and was employed by Covington Mill and Bibb Manufacturing for many years. Margaret was known as "caretaker" by her family members as she raised her siblings after the passing of her mother, and was also known as grandmother by her nieces and nephews. She was known as "Squiney" which evolved into "Nenny" and was everyone's angel. Her specialty was making biscuits for her family and friends ...

January 25, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Tommy Granger

Tommy Granger of Covington, passed away January 22, 2011, at the age of 95. Mr. Granger, a recipient of the Legion of Merit Award, was a World War II veteran, having served in the European Theatre. He was a member of North Covington United Methodist Church. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, eating catfish, and working with his two brothers at Granger Brother's Garage. Mr. Granger was a loving and devoted husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He was preceded in death by his wife, Madge (Potts) Granger; and his parents, Steven Nathan and Olivia (Roseberry) Granger; 5 brothers and ...

January 23, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Anthony A. Hinds

Mr. Anthony A. Hinds died Jan. 19 at Newton Medical Center. He was born in 1941 in St. James, Barbados and had been a resident of Covington for seven years, relocating from New York.

January 22, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Billy E. Hester

Mr. Billy E. Hester, 84 of Covington passed away January 19, 2011 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. Billy was born in Walton County to the late Junie and Louise Malcolm Hester. He owned and operated several businesses in Covington including Hester's Pool Room and Hester's Package Store. He loved fishing and baseball, especially the Atlanta Braves. He was also a member of First Presbyterian Church of Covington and a United States Army Veteran. Billy is predeceased by his children Rodney Hester, Marlene Hester and Billy Hester, Jr., his brothers Harry Hester, Jimmy Hester and Sammy Hester and ...

January 21, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Edward Berry deRastick Hanson

The Rev. Edward Berry deRastrick Hanson, Episcopal priest of the Atlanta Diocese, died Jan. 19 after a courageous struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. Father Hanson attended the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, graduated from Georgia State University and received a Master of Divinity from The University of the South. His parishes included St. Michael and All Angels, St. Matthews and the Church of the Good Shepherd.

January 20, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jackie Simmons

Jackie Simmons of Covington, passed away January 18, 2011, at the age of 54. Mr. Simmons enjoyed hunting and fishing; and loved attending gospel singings. Most important to him was his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Carlton and Martha Elizabeth (Johnson) Simmons; brother, David Simmons; and nephew, Shane Simmons.

January 20, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Lester β€œFit” Smith

Mr. Lester "Fit" Smith died Jan. 12. The son of the late Nora Smith, he was born in 1928 in Covington. He was raised with his two brothers, Walter and Clyde, both of whom preceded him in death. Mr. Smith was affectionately known as "Fit," He graduated from Washington Street School in 1946. Afterwards he enlisted in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged. He returned to Georgia and attended Morris Brown College. After graduation and married the lovely Ruth Bailey. They were married for 56 years until her death in 2008. For eight years, Lester dedicated himself to ...

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Beverly Jean Reid Nolley

Mrs. Beverly Jean Reid Nolley died Jan. 8. The first child of five children and daughter of Mr. Robert Reid and the late Mrs. Elsia Reid, she was born in 1960 in Covington. She attended Newton County public schools and the family church Little Bethel Baptist Church. An excellent cook, Mrs. Nolley was a valued employee at Jim Stalvey's Restaurant for over 20 years. During her spare time she enjoyed writing poetry. Mrs. Nolley was very out-going and warm-hearted with a loving and caring spirit. She loved being around people, especially children, and was loved by them in return ...

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Christopher Ojeda-Jackson

Christopher Ojeda-Jackson, 6, died Jan. 14. He was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jose (Courtney Jackson) Ojeda on Valentine's Day, 2004, in Atlanta, the second of three children. He was a student at R.J. Burch Elementary School in Tyrone. He loved attending school and playing with his classmates. He was loving, friendly and humorous and enjoyed making others laugh. He was kind to everyone. Because of his beautiful disposition and personality, he was loved by all those whose lives he touched. He was a great brother to both his big sister and little sister. He enjoyed riding his ...

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


The Rev. John Albert Cannon, Jr.

The Reverend John Albert Cannon, Jr., age 85, of Social Circle, died Sunday, January 16, 2011. He was the son of the late John Albert and Ruth Thompson Cannon. John was born in his grandfather's home in Decatur, and was educated in the Decatur city schools. At the age of 17 he joined the U.S. Navy. During World War II he was attached to the First Marine Air Wing in the South Pacific Theater. After the war, he married his high school sweetheart, Jeanne Butler Cannon, and they recently celebrated their 64th anniversary together. John and Jeanne attended ...

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Pat Stowe

Pat Stowe of Covington, passed away January 17, 2011, at the age of 68. Mrs. Stowe was a faithful member of Cornish Mountain Baptist Church, where she loved playing the piano and organ; and singing with the Gospel Tone Quartet. She was stock transfer agent for the Trust Company of GA for 30 years. Mrs. Stowe enjoyed her attempts at crocheting and sewing; and loved to shop and travel. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She was preceded in death by her parents, Columbus Pennington and Ena Viola (Harper) O'Kelley.

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Thomas L. Witcher

Mr. Thomas Lee Witcher, 72 of Covington died January 16, 2011 surrounded by his family. Mr. Witcher was born in Cedartown, Ga. to the late Ralph and Josie Dudley Witcher. He was retired from the US Navy in 1982 after 28 years of active duty. He was a recruiter for the Navy from 1975 to 1979. After retirement from the Navy he worked for the Newton County Water and Sewer Authority for 5 years. He was also the owner and operator of T & G Trenching Company in Covington for over 20 years and a member of Covington Masonic Lodge #558 ...

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Jane Wade McIntosh

Jane Wade McIntosh, age 63, of Mansfield died January 14, 2011, at Newton Medical Center in Covington. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Covington, and had been employed by Dan River Incorporated as a Laboratory Technician for 13 years. Mrs. McIntosh enjoyed crafts, animals, plants and computers, but most important to her was her family. She was predeceased by her father, John Ellis Wade, Sr., and brother, John Ellis Wade, Jr.

January 16, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Diane J. Wren

Diane J. Wren, 68, of Covington died January 15, 2011 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. Mrs. Wren loved the Lord and was a member of High Point Baptist Church. In her prior years she was very involved with helping the children in her church, taught Sunday School and sang in the choir in Macon. She enjoyed flowers and gardening and was an avid reader. Mrs. Wren was a very good cook and had a collection of recipe books. She loved her dogs, Solemen and Prissy, but most important to her was her family. Mrs. Wren is preceded in death ...

January 15, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


Vivian O'Kelley Bouchillon

Vivian O'Kelley Bouchillon of Covington, passed away January 13, 2011, at the age of 83. Mrs. Bouchillon was born in Porterdale, to the late John William and Odie Bell (Bowen) O'Kelley, and has remained a life-long resident of Newton County. She was well-known, and liked by all who knew her. She was employed by Hutch Clothing, until the store closed, and then C.R. Bard before retiring. She was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. Mrs. Bouchillon was a loving wife and mother. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Bouchillon.

January 14, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS


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