Murell Auten, 92, of Covington, passed away Dec. 21, 2008. Mrs. Auten attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing, crocheting and working in her flower garden. She was preceded in death by her daughters Kay Smith and May Smith; son-inlaw Pete Hicks; grandchildren Jason Brock, Marcus Brock, Denise Brock; parents Caleb and Leola Roberts Segars.
Surviving are daughters and son-in-law Cora Hicks of Gainesville, Jessie and Bill Carney of Covington; sons and daughters-in-law L.D. and Naomi Brock, Bill and Mary Brock, Harold and Diane Ayers, all of Covington, Talmadge and Sara Ayers of Oxford; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; sisters and brother-in-law Pearline Lofter of Toccoa, Pauline and Jim Whisenhunt, Bittie Martin, all of Carnesville, Sister Ross of Lincolnton, NC; brother, B.D. Segars of Carnesville; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Auten were held at 2 p.m. Dec. 23 in the Access Road chapel of Caldwell & Cowan with the Rev. Miguel A. Velez officiating. Interment followed in Lawnwood Memorial Park. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, Ga. 30605. Keith Bailey, Blairsville; son and daughter-in-law Dr. Garrick and Vicki Bailey, Gainesville; daughter and son-in-law Greta and Joel Miller, Blairsville; mother and stepfather Juritta and Grady Price Allen of Covington; in-laws Mr. and Mrs. Winford Bailey, Blairsville; brothers and sisters Randy Price of Covington, Gary and Jenny Price of Blairsville, Gayle and Rick Walden of Covington, Timmy and Kandy Price of Covington, Tammy and Rob Stell of Madison; grandchildren Tyler and Ashley Bradley, Bailey and Ryleigh Miller, Ashton and Alana Bailey; great-grandchild Cayden Keith Miller.
Funeral services were held Dec. 22 at Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church with Pastor John Ozly and Pastor Stacy Dyer officiating. Interment was at Harmony Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Blairsville. Mrs. Bailey’s grandsons and brothers served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Christine E. Harwell, 90, of Atlanta, formerly of Covington, died Dec. 23. The daughter of the late Walter and Minnie Hodges Ennis, she was born in Baldwin County. She taught school in Newton County for 34 years, finishing at Ficquett Elementary School. Mrs. Harwell was preceded in death by her husband Lucius Lee Harwell.
Surviving are son and daughter-in-law Jim and Paula Harwell of Roswell; daughter and son-in-law Sandra and George Jennings of Kennesaw; brother Ret. Col. Charles W. Ennis of Milledgeville; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, at Harwell-Wheeler Funeral Home with the Rev. John Donaldson officiating. Interment will follow at Lawnwood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, 1925 Century Blvd., Suite 10, Atlanta, Ga. 30345.
Mrs. Betty J. “Mums” Westmoreland, 58, of Social Circle, died Dec. 21. The daughter of the late John Denham and Katherine Nash Crawford, she was born in 1950 in Marquette, Mich. She has lived in Social Circle for eight years, moving there from Valparaiso, Ind., where she worked as a school bus driver for Valparaiso Transportation for 25 years. Mrs. Westmoreland loved her dogs Beanie and Smores and enjoyed working outside. The love of her life was her family. Her husband, children, great-grandchildren and greatgrandchild and two futuregreat-grandchildren filled her heart as she loved spending as much time as she could with them.
Surviving are husband Larry Westmoreland of Social Circle; children Marikay and Steve Hardy of Covington, Larry and Anessa Westmoreland of Covington and Jeremy Westmoreland of Social Circle; seven grandchildren; eight brothers and sisters; numerous nieces, nephews, other family and close friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Dec. 24, in the chapel of Wheeler Funeral Home with Dr. James Johnson and the Rev. Richard Shorter officiating. Interment will follow at the Newton Covington Cemetery.