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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Obit - Rita Ward White

Mrs. Rita Ward White, age 90, of Oxford, passed away Monday, August 25, at her home. Mrs. White was born October 18, 1923, in Statesboro, Georgia, and was the eldest daughter of Robert Lee and Florence Hendrix Ward. She grew up in a farming family in Bulloch County, Georgia, and was a graduate of Nevils High School. In 1943, she married her husband of 56 years, Darvin White. When Mr. White began working for Independent Life and Accident Insurance Company, they moved to Newton County and settled in Oxford, Georgia. While her children were very young, Mrs. White was a homemaker. She was a substitute teacher at Palmer Stone Elementary School, a grade mother and a Girl Scout troop leader. She was a member of Allen Memorial United Methodist Church for 60 years, where she joined the Manning Bible Class and served as Communion steward. After her children were older, Mrs. White worked outside the home. She worked for Belk department store for several years and for Covington Manufacturing Company for 10 years. In 1966, with the encouragement of her husband, she bought Sherwood's Flowers and Gifts. She had always been an avid gardener and enjoyed working with flowers. She never had any formal training in floral design, but had a natural artistic talent, and was a self-taught designer. As a florist, she was known for her exquisite high style arrangements and painstaking attention to detail. Mr. and Mrs. White built their business together and worked happily side by side until his death in 1998. Mrs. White continued working at Sherwood's into her eighties and always loved meeting with her many loyal customers. Mrs. White was also an excellent cook and loved cooking for her family. She enjoyed going out to restaurants and shopping with her daughter and granddaughter. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and enjoyed telling stories about her childhood in South Georgia. Mrs. White read her Bible regularly, and was always a source of great strength and comfort to her friends and family. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Darvin; grandson, Hugh White; brothers, A.D. Ward, Grady Ward, Duerell Ward, R.L. Ward, Jr., Ellis Ward; and her sisters, Myrtice Ward Gerrald and Doris Ward Lanigan.


She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Hubert and Fay White of Covington; daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Larry Sullivan of Oxford; grandchildren, Scott and Elizabeth White of Oxford, Heather and Matt McClane of Covington; Kristen Sullivan and Harry Baxley of Oxford, Justin and Heather Sullivan of Oxford, Anna White, Austin White, both of Covington; great-grandchildren, Matthew and Madison McClane, Tristan and Cole White, Emily Sullivan; sister and brother-in-law, Bobbie and Floy Thackston of Statesboro; brothers and sister-in-law, Coleman and Dolores Ward, Denver Ward, all of Statesboro; sisters-in-law, Mary White Price, Mildred Ward; as well as many nieces and nephews. Additionally, she is survived by her loving and devoted caregivers, Mary Reese, Wendy Higginbotham, Mildred Zackery, Barbara Cobb, Brenda Glanton, Shirley Reese, Ann Mitchell and Kristina Masiello.


Funeral Services for Mrs. White will be held Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 3:00 PM, at the Chapel of Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Access Road, in Covington, with Rev. Max Vincent and Rev. Tom Johnson officiating, and entombment following in Memory Chapel Mausoleum at Lawnwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, two hours prior to the service, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Flowers are accepted, or donations may be made to Allen Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 117, Oxford, GA 30054.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Obit - Frances Louise Thomason

Louise Thomason of Covington, passed away August 24, 2014, at the age of 84. Ms. Thomason was an active member of New Life Praise Center, in Covington, and was a dedicated employee of Lithonia Lighting for 38 years. Following her work at Lithonia Lighting, she dedicated herself to caring for handicapped children. Ms. Thomason was a giving lady, and constantly gave of her time to help those less fortunate. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Preceding her in death was her brother, Thomas McCord.


Survivors include her children, Sherrie Witcher, Bobby Thomason, Mike Thomason; grandchildren, Brad Witcher, Leisa Blackstock, Shannon Chavez, Candis Thomason, Crystal Allen, Kevin Thomason, Cody Thomason, Corey Thomason; great-grandchildren, Bay Witcher, Bowden Witcher, Addison Thomason, Braylen Thomason, Casey Blackstock, Cason Blackstock, Brittany Thomason, Alexis Allen, Bralyn Allen, Ashley Thomason; great-great-granddaughter, Soniah Wright; step-grandchildren, Eli Floyd, Jeremy Simmons, Brandon Simmons, Wade Witcher; step-great-grandchildren, Harlee Simmons, Caleb Simmons, Harley Witcher; sister, Jeanette Morrell; brother, Charles McCord; as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.


Funeral Services for Ms. Thomason will be held Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 2:00 PM, at New Life Praise Center, 3144 Stone Mountain Street, in Covington, with Pastor Justin Adams, Pastor Kenneth Morrell and Pastor Jimmy Adams officiating, and interment following in Lawnwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Access Road, in Covington, Tuesday, August 26, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Louise Hall

Louise Hall, of Covington, passed away August 21, 2014 at Newton Medical Center.  She was 64 years of age at the time of her death.  Mrs. Hall loved her family and spending time with them.  She especially enjoyed being with her grandchildren and treated them as if they were her own.  She loved to sing in the choir, travel, and was a loving mother and wife for 44 years.

Mrs. Hall was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny James and Carrie (Allen) Nelson; sister, Inel Nelson; brothers, Elbert Nelson, MacArthur Nelson, and Melvin Nelson.


Survivors include her husband, Rosevelt Nelson of Covington; daughters, Sonya Hall of Stockbridge, Michelle Hall of Covington; son Timothy Hall of Gwinnett County; grandchildren, Alexis Lee, Gabrielle Sanders, Leyla Hall, Jeremiah Hall, Josiah Hall; sisters, Alma Truitt, Easter Bell Moore; brothers and sister-in-law, Delander and Cheryl Nelson, Johnny James Nelson, Jr.; as well as several nieces and nephews.


Funeral Services for Mrs. Hall will be held Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 11:00 AM, at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Access Road, in Covington, with Rev. Manuel Whitfield officiating.  Interment will follow in Lawnwood Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday, August 26, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.  Following the service the family will receive friends at the Holiday Inn Express on Access Road for a time of fellowship and remembering.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Obit - Charles "Chic" Gilsten

Charles "Chic" Gilsten of Covington, passed away August 21, 2014, at the age of 71. Mr. Gilsten attended Miami Dade College, in Florida. Following his parents death, he operated the Monarch Wine Co., which they had founded in 1960, and was known for their King Cotton Peach Wine. Additionally, Mr. Gilsten worked for himself in commercial real estate. He enjoyed going to Lake Lanier and racing his speed boat which could reach speeds of 115 MPN. Mr. Gilsten took pride in taking care of himself, and did so by working out and eating healthy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Renee (Prozan) Gilsten.


Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Ruby (Wendy) Gilsten; children and their spouses, Charlie Newton Gilsten and his wife, Heather Danielle Gilsten, Ardinell Renee "Nell" Marie and her husband, Gene Marie, all of Springfield, MO, Natalie Wynn Gilsten of St. Louis, MO, Michael Johnathon Gilsten of Covington, GA; and his grandson, Quentin Colter Bean of Springfield, MO.


Funeral Services for Mr. Gilsten will be held Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1:00 PM, at the Chapel of Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Access Road, in Covington, with Pastor Adam Cooper officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday, August 23, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Interment will be held in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, in Buffalo, MO, at a later date.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Obit - Jim Mitchell

James Mitchell of Loganville, died August 19, 2014, at the age of 79.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, August 22, 2014, 2:30 PM, at the Chapel of Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Access Road, in Covington, with interment following in Lawnwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, August 21, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.
Kari Saunchegraw
Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home
1215 Access Rd.
Covington, GA 30014
770-786-7062 (O)
770-728-1727 (F)

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