Martha Diane Lackey

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home

The Covington News - - LOCAL -

Ms. Martha Diane Lackey died Dec. 4. She was known as “Big D” to many of her fam­ily and close friends. The daugh­ter of Mr. Howard and Mrs. Mag­gie Mae Lackey, she was born in 1947. A grad­u­ate of R.L. Cousins High School in 1965, Ms. Lackey worked at Bell­South for 20 years. Later, she was cer­ti­fied as a CN and worked at River­side Nurs­ing Home for 12 years. She joined Mace­do­nia Bap­tist Church at a young age. She later ex­plored other de­nom­i­na­tions but al­ways had her faith in one true God. Ms. Lackey loved cook­ing (es­pe­cially Sun­day fam­ily din­ner) sewing, read­ing and word searches, her main pas­sion. Even though she had only one child, she raised her nieces and neph­ews as her own. The youngest of her sis­ters, she wanted to be treated as the old­est. Pre­ced­ing her in death are brothers Mr. Wil­lie Lee Lackey, Mr. Ulysses Lackey, Mr. Eu­gene Lackey and Mr. Clif­ford Lackey and sis­ters Ms. Mary Lackey Ter­rell, Ms. Mat­tie Bell Lackey Jef­fries and Ms. Mil­dred Lackey.

Sur­viv­ing are son Mr. Stan­ley Bernard Lackey; sis­ters Ms. Rosa Mae Brown of Bos­ton, Mass.; Ms. An­nie Lackey of New York, N.Y.; Ms. Lu­cille Brink­ley, Madi­son; brother Mr. and Mrs. James (Essie Kate) Lackey; grand­chil­dren Chyna Lackey and Des­tiny Martin; sis­ter-in-law Mrs. Mary Lackey of Cov­ing­ton; spe­cial nieces Max­ine Gaither; loyal friend Ms. Net Gaither; other spe­cial nieces Mrs. Vi­vian Moody, Ms. Tik­isha Robin­son and Mrs. Sher­rika McKay; a host of other nieces, neph­ews, cousins and friends.

Funeral ser­vices were held on Dec. 8, at Faith of Je­sus Min­istries Church with Min­is­ter Ver­non Bell and the Rev. Ger­ald Ter­rell of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­ter­ment fol­lowed at Lackey’s Ceme­tery. Ed­ward (He­len) Gat­tis on Dec. 15. He was born in 1930 in Cov­ing­ton. He re­tired af­ter 38 years of ser­vice as a gen­eral su­per­in­ten­dent with Gen­eral Mo­tors Cor­po­ra­tion. Mr. Park was also a veteran of the United States Army. He was a lov­ing hus­band, fa­ther and grand­fa­ther and was loved dearly by his fam­ily and friends.

Mr. Park is sur­vived by his lov­ing wife of 60 years Carol Jean Park; daugh­ters and sons-in-law Cindy (Park) and John Crews of Snel­lville, Terri (Park) and Billy Lang­ford of Lil­burn and Cheryl Denise and Barry Nieren­garten of Palm Har­bor, Fla.; grand­sons Michael Mel­ton and Cody Crews also of Snel­lville; sis­ter Betty Jean (Hen­der­son) Jenk­ins.

Funeral ser­vices for Mr. Park will be held at 2 p.m. to­day, Dec. 19, at the Chapel of Cald­well & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Ac­cess Road, with Pas­tor John By­erly of­fi­ci­at­ing and in­ter­ment fol­low­ing in Lawn­wood Me­mo­rial Park.

The fam­ily will re­ceive friends at the funeral home from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the ser­vice. In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to Mr. Park’s grand­son Michael’s em­ployer at Dis­abil­ity Link, 755 Com­merce Drive, Suite 105, De­catur, GA 30030. (404) 687-8890. mother, grand­mother and great-grand­mother. She was a re­tired em­ployee of Sis­ters of Char­ity Hospi­tal, Buf­falo, N.Y., and was an ac­tive mem­ber of Mount Olive Bap­tist Church of Buf­falo. She loved to travel and watch and old black and white west­ern movies.

Mrs. Rand was a strong woman who worked many jobs to help pay the rent and put food on the ta­ble. She was ahead of the women’s right to work move­ment; she was part of the women had to work move­ment. She was a soft touch in the mid­dle of five boys and a strong but good dad.

She was pre­ceded in death by her mother and fa­ther Elizabeth and Johnny Richard­son; sis­ters An­nie R. Jones, Dorothy Liv­ingston, Mary Simp­son, Ruth Mitchell; and brothers Johnny Richard­son, Her­man Richard­son, Luther Richard­son and Wil­liam A. Richard­son.

Sur­viv­ing are hus­band of 61 years Tom­mie Rand Sr.; daugh­ter Carolyn Brown of Cov­ing­ton; sons and daugh­ters-in-law Nathaniel and Sarka Rand of Muk­il­teo, Wash.; Tommy Jr. and Linda Rand of Buf­falo, N.Y.; Bobby and Marceda Rand of Lo­ganville; sons Johnny Rand of Cov­ing­ton; Carl­ton Rand of Buf­falo, N.Y.; sis­ters Vi­ola (Eva May) Pittman of En­field, N.C.; Vic­to­ria Kil­lett of Brook­lyn, N.Y.; grand­daugh­ters Ta­betha, Amanda, Trina, Tonya, Queena, Toneshis, Na­dia, Kennedy, Ce­b­rina, Car­lese and Kaelee; and grand­sons Joseph, Da­mond, Jer­rel, Rayshawn, Phillip, Carl­ton Jr., Nigel and Jonah.

Funeral ser­vices will be held at 11 a.m. Fri­day, Dec. 21, in the chapel of Wheeler home with Chief Apos­tle Michael Hope of­fi­ci­at­ing. The fam­ily will re­ceive friends at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Thurs­day, Dec. 20.

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