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Famous People from Newnan

Our Famous People

Newnan and Coweta County is home to thousands of friendly, caring, and welcoming residents, and the people here are proud to call Newnan their home and that pride is a cherished part of what makes Newnan so special. Citizens volunteer, reach out to others, and make community improvements. Many people have donated their time and energy and given back to this city to make it what it is today. However, we do like to boast about our former and/or current famous sons and daughters! Some of the city's most notable residents include:



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Music Industry
Alan Jackson - Country music superstar ( photos courtesy of
Buford Boone - Pulitzer Prize winner
Charles Wadsworth - International classic music personality
Doug Stone - Country music superstar
Minnie Pearl - Grand Ole Opry
Hamilton Bohannon  -  was employed by Motown as the leader and arranger of Bohannon & The Motown Sound, who provided backing for many of the label's top acts on tour, including Stevie Wonder, Smokey RobinsonMarvin GayeThe TemptationsDiana Ross and the SupremesThe Four Tops and others.

Political Figures
William Yates Atkinson - Former governor of Georgia
Ellis Gibbs Arnall - Former governor of Georgia
Lamar Potts - Former sheriff of Coweta County

Sports  Stars
Chris Reitsma - Baseball
Dale Murphy - Former All Star for the Atlanta Braves
Dave Kindred - Sports columnist
Drew Hill - Football
Jerome Walton - National Baseball League's Rookie of the Year in 1989
Johnny Estrada - Baseball
Keith Brooking - Atlanta Falcon
Lamar Potts - Former sheriff of Coweta County
Lewis Grizzard - Writer/Humorist
Louis Brown - PGA GolfMatteline Ryder - U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team
Michael Cheever - Football
Pilliard Dickle - National Calendar Award calendar artist
Robin Byrd Goad - World Championship Women's Weightlifter
Steve Bedrosian - Former Atlanta Braves pitcher
Warren Newson - Baseball

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Lewis Grizzard (Coweta County)


Lewis Grizzard (Coweta County)
Margaret Anne Barnes - author of "Murder in Coweta County"     coweta
Erskine Caldwell - Novelist

Pilliard Dickle - National Calendar Award calendar artist

David Boyd - You Might Be A Redneck If... illustrator
Pilliard Dickle - National Calendar Award calendar artist