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Samuel Burney Hay, Jr.

Samuel Burney Hay, Jr. was born in Opelika, Alabama in 1932, the third child and only son of Frances Dearing Hay of Covington, and the ...

May 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Truman Ray Boyd

Truman Ray Boyd, aged 71, of Fayetteville, passed away May 19, 2017 from Parkinson's.

May 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Mary Esther Harvey McGinty Hays

Mary Esther Harvey McGinty Hays, age 95, passed away Monday, May 15 at Piedmont Newton Hospital in Covington.

May 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Marty Holder

Marty Holder, of Barnesville, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 67 years of age. Mr. Holder served in the United States Army and was ...

May 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Frances Pauline (Polly) Pogue

Frances Pauline (Polly) Pogue, of Covington, was born Jan. 20, 1918, and passed away May 8, 2017, at the age of 99. She was a ...

May 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Deborah Parham

Mrs. Parham met and married the late James Parham in 1967 and three sons were the results of this union. Mr. Parham went home to ...

May 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Lemar Shepherd

Lemar was born on November 29, 1937 in Newton County to the parents of Mr. Henry L. & Millie Maude (Freeman) Shepherd.

May 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Virginia Carr

Mrs. Virginia Carr was born July 9, 1924, to the late Mr. & Mrs. James (Julia) Terrell in Morgan County. She was one of five children.

May 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Coral Faye Adams

Mrs. Coral Faye Adams age 86 of Ellijay died Thursday, May 11, 2017.

May 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Virginia Elizabeth Crabtree Dobbs (Jenny)

Virginia Elizabeth Crabtree Dobbs (Jenny) passed away peacefully at the age of 90 on May 4, 2017, exactly three years to the day from the ...

May 04, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Hattie Mae Smith

Hattie Mae Smith, age 74, of Peoria passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017 at UnityPoint Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

May 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Johnny R. Bates

Johnny R. Bates, of Covington, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the age of 68. Mr. Bates was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting ...

April 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Patsy Stapp Parker

Mrs. Patsy Stapp Parker, 72, of Tega Cay, South Carolina, died Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

April 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Joe Baccus

Joe Baccus, age 74 of Social Circle, formerly of Monroe, suddenly passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

April 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Eva Carol Gossett

Mrs. Carol Gossett, age 79, of Covington passed away April 16, 2017. Funeral services for Mrs. Gossett will be held at 11 o'clock, Thursday ...

April 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


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Leila I. (Thomas) Wilhelm

Leila I. (Thomas) Wilhelm, 73, of Cross Hill, South Carolina, formerly of Covington; passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at Self Regional Medical Center in Greenwood, South Carolina. She was born in Acworth to the late James Thomas and Marie T. Donald. Leila was a loving wife, mother and Maw Maw. She enjoyed sewing, her church activities, cooking and flower gardening. Leila would help anyone in need and was a true "Good Samaritan". She was the backbone of her family and loved them more than anything. Leila is preceded in death by her mother Marie T. Donald and daughter, Kimberly ...

January 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Andrew Gaither Jr.

Celebration of Life

January 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Margaret Dimsdale

Margaret Dimsdale, of Covington, passed away Jan. 13, 2017, at the age of 71. Margaret loved her church, her family and her friends. Ronnie and Margaret were married for 45 years - on their way to forever together. She was preceded in death by her father, Jesse Marion Malcolm.

January 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Vilma Ansley (Bim) Meyer

Vilma Ansley (Bim) Meyer, of Oxford, passed away peacefully in her sleep, Jan. 11, 2017, at 89 years of age. A native of Atlanta, Mrs. Meyer was a teacher with the Newton County Department of Education from 1950 to 1969, at which time she retired for health reasons. During her adult years, she enjoyed playing tennis, traveling and playing bridge. Mrs. Meyer shared her love of bridge when writing a column in The Covington News, aptly titled, "Bridge by Bim." She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Mary (Hilley) Ansley.

January 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Gladys Smith

Gladys Smith, of Covington, passed away Jan. 7, 2017, at the age of 87. She had been a member of Victory Tabernacle Church in Conyers, where she was active in the Senior's Ministry. Mrs. Smith was retired from IPD Printing Company - she worked in bindery for 20 years. She enjoyed cooking, camping and visiting with family and friends. Mrs. Smith loved her friends and family, and she was very proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death was her husband of 68 years, William W. Smith, Jr.; parents, Farris and Eula Brown; brothers, Robert Brown, Tommy ...

January 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Melinda Gail Lynn Griffith

Melinda Gail Lynn Griffith, age 66, of Mansfield, passed away on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro.

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Clara Ruth Almond

Clara Ruth Almond, of Covington, passed away Jan. 6, 2017, at the age of 78. Mrs. Almond, a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church, adored her church and her church family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Mrs. Almond did beautiful cross-stitching - The Last Supper was her final piece. Additionally, she enjoyed gospel music and working crossword puzzles. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Leah Ruth Almond; parents, Rufus H. and Martha (Edwards) Bonner; brother, Hugh Bonner.

January 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Edward Dean ‘Eddie’ Miller

Mr. Edward Dean 'Eddie' Miller, age 60, of Covington, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellie and James Miller and sister, Dianne Offutt. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Miller; daughters and sons-in-law, Tiffany and Bill Bates, Jessi and Tyler Meeks, Lindsay and Spencer Barker, Tracy and Derrick Parrish; son, Ashton Miller; grandchildren, Landyn Millard, Talyn Millard, River Bates, Autumn Parrish, Austin Parrish, Alex Parrish, Avery Parrish; sister, Vickie Miller Hinton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Allen Miller, Charles and Brenda Watson, Jimmy and Connie Watson. Mr. Miller was an entrepreneur with a successful ...

January 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Mother Jessie Mae Banks Lightfoot

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

January 05, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Mr. Stanley Edwards, Sr

Mr. Stanley Edwards, Sr., age 72, of Covington passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017. He was born February 11, 1944 in the Stewart Community of Newton County to Hollis and Lois Fincher Edwards who have preceded him in death. Stanley grew up in the Stewart Community playing baseball for the Stewart Baseball team where he exceled as a pitcher. He went to work for the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier and was employed there for thirty plus years. Stanley worked for a brief time at the Covington Mill and was elected to serve on the Newton County ...

January 05, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Lamar Sowell

Lamar Sowell of Mansfield, passed away January 2, 2017, following a brief illness. He was 88 years of age at the time of his death. Son of the late, Isaac "Ike" Lamar Sowell, Sr. and Martha Belle Duke Sowell, Lamar was born December 16, 1928 in McDonough, GA. Lamar moved to Covington as a young boy, where he later met and married Barbara Penn Sowell, his wife of 60 years. He was a life-long member of Bethany Baptist Church in McDonough and attended Mansfield Baptist Church. Lamar served on the Covington City Council in the early seventies, and was on ...

January 04, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Rev. Dickie W. Johnson

Rev. Dickie W. Johnson of Covington, passed away January 1, 2017 at 72 years of age. He was ordained in Brunswick, GA, at the age of 19 and served as a pastor for 52 years. Preacher Dickie pastored churches in Wheeler, Telfair, Laurens, Berrien, and Wayne counties before coming to Newton County, where he served as pastor for Porterdale Baptist Church for 32 years. Preacher Dickie was an avid deer hunter and Georgia Bulldog fan. He always supported his grandsons in whatever activity they were involved. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and cherished pastor and ...

January 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Mamie Durand McElreath

Mamie Durand McElreath of Covington, passed away December 30, 2016, at 93 years of age. Lovingly known as "Granny", Mrs. McElreath was born and raised in Jersey, GA, and always had very fond memories of the years she spent on the farm. A charter member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church, Mrs. McElreath enjoyed completing word search books and traveling to the mountains. She loved her home and family and cherished the time she spent with her four great-granddaughters. Mrs. McElreath was the last surviving child of eight siblings. She was preceded in death by her first husband of 43 years ...

January 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Willie Mae Ellington

Mrs. Willie Mae Ellington, age 87, of Oxford passed away Monday, January 2, 2017. She was born in Porterdale, Georgia on February 10, 1929 to Grover and Reba Garner who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Ellington was a member of Salem Baptist Church. She enjoyed having a garden, working in her yard and spending time with family. Mrs. Ellington worked as a Certified Nurse Aide for many years at Westbury Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Felton Albert Ellington, her son, Bill Ellington and her grandson, Chris Shannon.

January 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


John William Kinard, Jr

Mr. John William Kinard, Jr, age 87, of Mansfield passed away January 1, 2017. He was born May 19, 1929 in Jasper County to John W. and Mary Speer Kinard who have preceded him in death. Mr. Kinard was a proud veteran who served his country in the United States Army. He attended Pitts Chapel Church when it was active with his wife Annie Margaret Kinard. Mr. Kinard worked for Mayflower Van Lines and United Van Lines before retiring; he worked as a dispatcher and in claims. He was a Master Mason with more than 40 years as a Mason ...

January 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


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