Judy Shepard Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home
Judy Shepard, 68, of Walnut Grove, passed away March 6. She was a devoted wife and mother for 52 years, and she loved her grandchildren dearly. Mrs. Shepard was preceded in death by her father Gardner Clyde Reynolds.
Survivors include her husband Ralph Shepard of Oxford; daughters and son-in-law Kelly Holcomb, Karrie and Jimmy Adams; sons and daughter-in-law Keith Shepard, Kevin and Angie Shepard; mother Vi Reynolds; grandchildren Tyler Shepard, DJ Holcomb, Jessica Adams, Tori Heath, Tiffany Wagner, Amber Adams, Abby Harrison and Chandler Shepard; great-grandchildren Mila Holcomb, Reagin Harrison, Cayson Heath, Emma Wagner, Evelyn Shepard; sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Jack Cronin.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Shepard were held March 10 at the Chapel of Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Access Road with the Rev. Wayne Thomason officiating and interment following in Corinth Memorial Gardens in Loganville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at www.nationalmssociety.org. Roger Wade Blaker
Roger Wade Blaker, 60, of Social Circle, passed away March 2 at Newton Medical Center following a brief illness. Mr. Blaker was the son of Ray William Blaker and Eloise Wade Blaker Shepard. He was born in Memphis, Tenn., and moved with his family to Dekalb County at the age of 3. He graduated from Avondale High School and West Georgia College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Following his college graduation, Wade moved to Gainesville, Fla., where he co-founded and cooperated the restaurant Café Gardens, which catered to students of the University of Florida. He later returned to Georgia, where he operated a business in Lithonia and met his beloved wife Ann, who had migrated from Indiana to teach in Dekalb County. He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret Ann Tempel Blaker, his father Ray William Baker, his aunt Evelyn Wade White and his uncle Julian Paul Wade.
Surviving are his son John Tempel (JT) Blaker of Oxford, Miss.; his mother Eloise Shepard of Decatur; his mother-inlaw Hazel Dauby Tempel of Princeton, Ind.; his step-sister Katherine (Kay) Shepard Lynch and her husband Paul Michael Lynch of Social Circle; and a wide circle of relatives and friends.
A memorial service was held March 6 at the Church of the Good Shepherd with The Rev. Timothy H. Graham presiding. A reception was held in the Parish Hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations, in Wade’s memory, be made to the Church of the Good Shepherd, 4140 Clark St., Covington, GA 30014. Mary Dorn Evans
Mary Dorn Evans, 80, left for Heaven the afternoon of March 8. Her only son, Chris, was by her side. Mary was widowed 14 years ago. She leaves behind Chris, her daughter-in-law Kimberly, beloved grandchildren Sarah Jan, John (also in Heaven), Andrew and Deanna Rae. She is also survived by her sister Louise Erskine of Anderson, S.C., along with nieces and nephews, Celia Erskine Wilson, Michael Dorn and Mark Dorn. Mary was blessed with an abundance of precious friendships as a result of nearly 50 years as a resident of Newton County. She had a funloving spirit and was famous for her southern cooking.
A graveside service to celebrate Mary’s life was held at Lawnwood Memorial Park March 10. In lieu of flowers, monetary gifts may be given to Passion Conferences with “John Evans Scholarship” in the memo line. Address is: P.O. Box 5,
Roswell, GA 30077. Yvonne Louise Letchworth Scot Ward Funeral Home
Mrs. Yvonne Louise Letchworth, 79, of Conyers, died March 9. She was preceded in death by her husband Troy Letchworth Jr.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Karen Louise and Alan Goddard, Stockbridge; their children J.D. and Jacqueline Goddard, Matt and Jackque Bentley, Jon and Jessie Thomas, Dusty and Julie Dickson, Joe and Lynnsey Goddard; son Thomas Mark Miller, Kingsport, Tenn.; his son Thomas John Miller; daughter and son-in-law Dianne and Danny Thompson, Oxford; their children Robert Todd Thompson, Danny and Deidre Slaughter; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 12, at Scot Ward’s Green Meadow Chapel with the Rev. Sheryl Dillard officiating. Family will receive friends from noon until 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Contribu- tions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1925 Century Blvd. NE, Suite 10, Atlanta, GA 30345. Condolences may be submitted online at www.scotward.com. Lena Reynolds Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home
Lena Reynolds, 93, of Covington, passed away March 8. She was a member of Porterdale Baptist Church and attended The Church at Covington. When she wasn’t walking around Covington, she enjoyed swinging on her front porch and greeting neighbors as they passed by. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends at Mamie’s Kitchen. Mrs. Reynolds was preceded in death by her parents, Sharp Spencer and Mary Lula (Wilson) Reynolds.
Survivors include her great-niece and husband, Susan and Dennis Cheek of Covington; great-greatnephews, Jamie Cheek, Jarred Cheek; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service for Mrs. Reynolds will be held Sunday, March 11, at 2 p.m. at Lawnwood Memorial Park, 1111 Access Road, in Covington.