Essie Katherine “Kate” Almand Harwell-Wheeler
Mrs. Essie Katherine “Kate” Almand, 84, of Covington passed away Jan. 10 at Rockdale Hospital. The daughter of the late Willie Lee and Lettie Florine Murphy Deaton, she was one of 14 children and was born in Griffin. She is preceded in death by her husband, David Almand, and her daughter Brenda Garner. She loved to cook. She cooked with Natalie Dupree at Rich’s Cooking School for many years and cooked at her daughter’s restaurant, Brenda’s Place, in Social Circle. She was also a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Social Circle. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and sister.
Mrs. Almand is survived by her son Holland Almand and Cathy Cassidy of Eatonton, daughter Teresa and Richard Fricke of Covington, nine grandchildren, 13 greatgrandchildren, nine siblings and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mrs. Almand will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, from the chapel of Harwell-Wheeler Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Dunbar officiating. Interment will follow at New Covington Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or contributions may be made to Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, 55 Highway 229, Social Circle, Ga. 30025. Friends may sign the online register at www. wheelerfuneralhome.com. The Covington News,
Jan. 14, 2010
Rupert “Bill” Thomas Caldwell & Cowan
Rupert “Bill” Thomas, 80, of Buckhead, passed away on Jan. 11. Mr. Thomas was the son of the late John Homer and Mamie Lou (Bohannon) Thomas and was born in 1930 in Covington. Mr. Thomas was employed with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency for 31 years. He was a member of Philogia Masonic Lodge No. 178 in Conyers and the Georgia Ramblers Motor Home Club. Mr. Thomas enjoyed all kinds of tools, tinkering with lawn mowers and mowing the lawn. He is predeceased by his sister Annie Lee Sowell Cook and three brothers Henri, Horace and Bernard Thomas.
Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife Amanda Twilley Thomas of Buckhead; daughters and sons-inlaw Victoria Lynn and Jimmy Howe of Covington, Glenda Twilley and James Eady of McIntyre, Dawn Twilley Bloodworth of Eatonton; grandsons Ronald Dean Smith, Patrick Joseph Smith; 12 grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services for Mr. Thomas were held Jan. 16, at the Access Road Chapel of Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, with the Rev. H. Grady Mosley II officiating and interment following at Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery with Masonic Graveside Rites. Flowers are accepted, or donations may be made to Salem Campground, 3962 Salem Road, Covington, Ga. 30016; or Madison First United Methodist Church - Building Fund, 296 S. Main Street, Madison, Ga. 30650. The Covington News,
Jan. 14, 2010