Mr. Billy Rooks Stokes, 77, of Covington, died Dec. 8. The son of the late Rebie Stokes and Gennie Mae Bowden Stokes, he was born in 1931 in Newton County. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Stokes retired from Auto Soler where he worked as a machinist. He enjoyed working on his cattle farm and serving as an active member of the Disaster Relief Team through the Georgia Baptist Association. He was especially honored to work with the disaster relief team when they traveled to New York to serve during the attack on Sept. 11. Mr. Stokes was a longtime and faithful member of County Line Baptist Church where he sang in the church choir. He was a member of the Georgia Cattleman’s Association and served for numerous years as a volunteer fire fighter for Station 2, Rocky Plains VFD.
Mr. Stokes was preceded in death by his parents and his twin brother Bobby Stokes who died in 1945. Surviving are brother and sister-in-law Harold and Opal Stokes of Covington; niece and nephews Angela S. and Guy Williams of Covington, Bobby S. Stokes of Covington, Barry S. Stokes of Covington; great niece Kelsey Williams; great nephew Keaton Williams; numerous close friends.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today, Dec. 10, in the chapel of Wheeler Funeral Home with the Rev. Ted Moody officiating. Interment will follow at County Line Baptist Church Cemetery.
The Covington News Dec. 10, 2008