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Cecil Allgood

Scot Ward Funeral Services

Harry White Chapel, Conyers

Cecil Thomas Allgood Sr. died Oct. 14 at Rockdale Medical Center. Born in 1917 in Walton County, Mr. Allgood was the son of the late Etta Wiley and Carl Samuel Allgood. He grew up and lived in Walton and Newton counties for 61 years before moving to Conyers 29 years ago. He owned and operated Cecil T. Allgood Gulf Oil Distributorship until his retirement in 1983. His love of nature was apparent in his choice of hobbies; gardening, fishing, camping or just rocking on his screen porch were his favorites. He also spent hours in his workshop building bird houses, bird feeders, wind chimes, "wonder" boxes and much more. Samples of his work are being enjoyed by friends and neighbors all over Georgia. Mr. Allgood was actively involved in Scouting for many years, a highlight being a trip to Philmont, N.M. He volunteered with the Georgia Wildlife Federation, donating both time and countless bird houses, bird feeders, benches for nature trails and more. He was a charter member of the Oxford Lions Club, served on the board for the Conyers-Rockdale Library and helped start Friends of the Library. Mr. Allgood was a member of Conyers First United Methodist Church.

Surviving are wife of 29 years, Joyce Byrd Allgood of Conyers; son Cecil Thomas Allgood Jr. and his wife Myrtice Ann of Monroe; daughter Mary Margaret Allgood Parker and her husband Chester of Augusta; grandchildren Thomas Allgood and wife Amanda of Decatur, Betsy Allgood Hampson and husband Jason of Cartersville, Lanier Parker of Johns Creek, Brent Parker and wife Samantha of Washington; great-grandchildren Kate Allgood, Matthew Hampson; stepdaughter Kathryn Ponder Martini and husband Eric and their son Christopher of Smyrna; stepson Phillip Ponder of Atlanta; brothers and their wives Luke and Ruth Allgood of Madison, Cary and Gloria Allgood of Oxford, Lorenzo and Runette Allgood of Gainesville; sister-in-law Margueritte (Mrs. William Issac) Allgood of Bogart.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Oxford Historical Cemetery. Condolences may be submitted on-line at

The Covington News Oct. 17, 2007

Tommy Junior Armistead

Wheeler Funeral

Home & Crematory

Mr. Tommy Junior Armistead, 81, of Covington, died Oct. 15. One of 15 children born to the late Edmond and Kathleen (Beasley) Armistead, he was born in 1925 in Morgan County. Mr. Armistead proudly served our country in the United States Army during World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. He worked 28 years for Johnson Motor Lines as a dock worker.

Surviving are wife Mrs. Denver Armistead of Covington; daughters Diane Harper, Davilyn Gunnells and Kathy Armistead, all of Covington; eight brothers and sisters; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; numerous other family and close friends.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today, Oct. 17, in the chapel of Wheeler Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Nickolich officiating. Interment will follow at Lawnwood Memorial Park.

The Covington News Oct. 17, 2007

Veeda C. Kirkland

Caldwell & Cowan

Funeral Home

Veeda C. Kirkland, 74, of Covington, died Oct. 15. The daughter of the late Otis E. and Mattie Kirkland Long, she was born in Newton County and lived most of her life there. Mrs. Kirkland enjoyed traveling, especially to North Georgia and the Great Smokey Mountains. She was a member of Potters House and was preceded in death by husband Clifford Eugene Kirkland.

Surviving are daughter Donna C. Hiett of Covington; sons and daughters-in-law Otis D. and Denise Criswell, Duane and Alice Criswell, Dallas E. and Robin Criswell, all of Covington; grandchildren Michael Hiett, Jamie Coven, Brian Criswell, Matt Criswell, Kimberly Weaver, Kevin Criswell, Brandon Criswell, Preston Criswell, Destiny Criswell; five great-grandchildren; sister Dolores Maddox of Buford; brother Virgil (Bud) Long of Porterdale; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Oct. 17, in the chapel of Caldwell & Cowan, 3134 Floyd St., with the Rev. Sammy Williamson officiating. Interment will follow at Lawnwood Memorial Park.

The Covington News Oct. 17, 2007