Friday, August 1, 2014

Obit - John David Buffa

John David Buffa of Covington died July 29, 2014, at age 58. In 1974, John graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Atlanta and was a 1980 graduate of Georgia Tech where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Industrial Management. He retired as a Systems Analyst from Home Depot. His interests included space exploration and Atlanta Falcons football. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Lettie Buffa of Atlanta.


Surviving are sisters Jill Buffa of Decatur and Judy Buffa Ford of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.


A private memorial service was held by his family. Contributions may be made to The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, Mail Code: ASF-1, Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899 in his memory.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Obit - Richard Lee Carter

Richard Lee Carter of Walnut Grove, passed away July 29, 2014, at the age of 79. He was a faithful member of Full Gospel Holiness Church. Mr. Carter was a forklift operator, for Alsco Manufacturing, where he was a dedicated employee for 44 years. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his daughters, Lisa Marie Carter, Shirley Wilson and Mary Dyals; brother, Wilford Carter; and his parents, Alex and Minnie Ruth Carter.


Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Clarice Carter; daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Ricky Smith of Conyers, Deborah and Tim Stone of Oxford; sons and daughters-in-law, James McDonald of Loganville, Mark and Ellen Carter of Jersey, Barry and Connie Carter of Oxford, Larry and Penny Carter, Lee and Tina Carter, all of Monroe; grandchildren, Tina Stevens of Sumter, SC, Phillip Dyals of Social Circle, Krystal Smith of Rutledge, Brittani Rogers of Covington, Dawn Day, Lisa Rosser, both of Rutledge, Candace Baker of Jersey, Brian Smith of Conyers, Jonathon Carter of Monroe, Ben Stone of Conyers, Blake Stone of Oxford, Kaylee Carter of Monroe; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Polly and Bob Stewart of Walnut Grove, Betty and Gene Henderson of Oxford; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.


Funeral Services for Mr. Carter will be held Thursday, July 31, 2014, 2:00 PM, at Full Gospel Holiness Church, 3170 Highway 138 NW, in Monroe, with his son, Rev. Larry Carter officiating, and interment following in Carter Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Access Road, in Covington, Wednesday, July 30, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.


Obit - Matthew Toney

Matthew David (Matt) Toney, age 34, died July 22, 2014.


Survivors include his wife, Jessica Marie Toney; children, Austin David Toney, Savannah Jewel Toney, Riley Jo Hoek, Jessup Carter Toney; mother, Shirley Yvonne White of Conyers; father, Ralph David Toney of Oxford; sisters and brothers, Carrie Cox of Conyers, Shane Cox of Rutledge, Racquel Kitchens of Oxford, Cassandra Jett of Conyers; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.


Funeral Services for Matt were held Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 4:00 PM, at the Chapel of Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Access Road, in Covington, with Bishop Glenn Purvis, Rev. Ed Walden and Pastor Jerry Patterson officiating. Interment followed in Lawnwood Memorial Park.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Obit - Josie (Jo) McLaney

Josie Faye (Embry) McLaney, affectionately known as "Jo", passed away July 28, 2014, at the age of 81. She was born in Rockmart, Georgia, to the late Noel and Rena (Davis) Embry. Jo was a graduate of Cedartown High School, in Cedartown, Georgia. In 1951, she married Milton (Coach Mac) McLaney, and together they moved to Monticello, where he started his coaching career, and she found her interest in floral arrangements. They moved to Newton County, in 1956, where she became active, and served as president, of the Covington Garden Club. Jo worked part-time, for several years, for Abre Sherwood of Sherwood's Flower Shop on the square. In January of 1965, she opened Covington Flower Shop in its first location on Floyd Street. The shop was very successful and grew to its new location on the east side of the square in Covington. In addition to the flower shop, she opened the Covington Flower Mart - a wholesale florist store for the public. She was well-known in the floral industry and was commentator for many years for AFS – a floral wire service that served the entire US. In addition to owning and managing a local shop, Jo taught a floral school, on the Island of CuraƧao, for several years. Along with her passion for flowers, she was very interested in the history and growth of Newton County. She was on the tourism committee, and would share her knowledge of the town's history while conducting tours. While in her original Covington Flower Shop location, she opened a souvenir shop for both the In the Heat of the Night and Dukes of Hazzard television series, which added to the tourism and interest of Covington. Jo started In the Heat of the Night reunions, and attended and promoted Dukes of Hazzard reunions that were held in Covington for many years. She made several lifelong friends who shared in her passion for these shows. She enjoyed the "spotlight" of the movies filmed in and around Covington, and even "starred" as an extra in many of those local films. She was an avid bridge player for more than 50 years. The bridge club met twice a month with each lady hosting a different Friday. Jo was a religious woman, and raised her family in the First United Methodist Church, in Covington. She later attended Screven Baptist Church, in Screven, after moving to live with her daughter, Marci. Jo valued the new friendships created while at Screven Baptist. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and her later years were spent adoring her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was cherished by many, and will be greatly missed by all those lucky to call her 'friend'.


Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Marci and Butch Hutcheson, Susan (Sissy) and Ron Skipper; grandchildren, Ryan Marks, Allen and Natalie Martin, James and Alison (Marks) Brown, Lisa Martin, Steven Dobbs, Scott Dobbs; great-grandchildren, Collin Marks, Emily Marks, Austin Marks, Colton Mitchell, Asa Brown, Tanner Martin, Kennady Martin, Kambrie Morrow, Asher Martin; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Diane Davis; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.


Funeral Services for Jo will be held Friday, August 1, 2014, 2:00 PM, at the Chapel of Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Access Road, in Covington, with Rev. Dr. Douglas Gilreath officiating, and interment following in Lawnwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, July 31, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.  


Monday, July 28, 2014

Minnie C. Shelnutt

Minnie C. Shelnutt, age 88, of Covington, passed away July 27, 2014.  She loved working in her flower garden, and for many years was a cake baker at Jacquelyn's Bakery in Covington.  In addition, Mrs. Shelnutt was a very active member of Gaithers United Methodist Church, where she lovingly cared for children in the nursery.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Shelnutt; daughter, Deborah Terry; granddaughter, Hope Pittman; and grandson, Charles Shelnutt, Jr.


Survivors include her son, Charles Shelnutt of Covington; grandchildren, Laura Ghia of Duluth, Simon Shelnutt of Covington, Tina Morgan of TX, Sam Shelnutt, also of Covington; several great-grandchildren; sisters, Morine Calhoun, Edie Wilson; brothers, Roy Ayers, Roland Ayers, Arlie Ayers; as well as several nieces and nephews.


A Graveside Service for Mrs. Shelnutt will be held 12:00 PM, Thursday, July 31, 2014 at College Park Cemetery with Rev. Danny Standard officiating.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Barbara Curtis DuPlessis

Barbara Curtis DuPlessis was born April 13, 1931 in Wrentham Massachusetts, to the late Perry E. and Maryann Jassamine (Smith) Curtis.  After a long illness, she passed away July 26, 2014 in Social Circle, GA, where the staff of the Mews of Social Circle and the Homestead Hospice team provided wonderful care.  Barbara is preceded in death by her husband, Edouard Richard DuPlessis; daughter, Kim DuPlessis; granddaughter, Errin Vuley; and sister, Geraldine Curtis.


Barbara graduated in 1948 from Foxboro High School in Massachusetts, then attended Ricker College in Houlton, ME, where she met Edouard Richard DuPlessis of Bucksport, ME.  In 1952 she and her family moved to West Suffield, CT where they lived for 10 years.  They returned to Maine in 1962 and lived in Island Falls, and later East Millinocket, until 1968, when they moved to Essex Junction, VT.  In 1977 they moved to Denver, NC on Lake Norman.  Barbara returned to Essex Junction to be close to her family after the death of her husband "Eddie" in 1980.  She enjoyed many wonderful years in Port St. Lucie, FL, where she reconnected with old friends and made many new ones before moving to Covington, GA in 2011.


Barbara had a long history of service to others.  She worked for the Vermont Nursing Association, Vermont Transit Tours, and at Mary Fletcher Hospital in Burlington.  She was a volunteer at Port St. Lucie Medical Center in Florida.  Barbara was an outgoing people-oriented person, and this was reflected in her work in Welcome Wagon, sales, volunteerism, and as a caregiver for the elderly.  She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved traveling; but, most importantly, she loved spending time with her family.


Barbara is survived by her daughters, Lynne duPlessis Masi and her husband Gary Masi, of Loris, SC, Merry DuPlessis Vuley and her husband Arthur L. Vuley of Covington, GA, Joy duPlessis of Washington, DC; son, Arthur Perry DuPlessis and his wife Janine Fuller DuPlessis of Key West, FL; grandchildren, Elizabeth Leone of San Francisco, CA, Alyson Vuley of Stone Mountain, GA and her husband Walter Contrearas of Costa Rica, Emily Natalia Vuley of Atlanta, GA, Ethan Vuley and his wife Monica Lewis Vuley of Atlanta, GA, Jaxon Edward DuPlessis of Key West, FL; great-grandchildren, Julien Lundh and Maya Leone of San Francisco, CA, Oliver Vuley-Conlon and Sebastian Vuley-Conlon of Stone Mountain, GA, and Leo Logan Vuley of Atlanta, GA. 


The family will have a private Memorial Service at a later date.

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