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Famous People from Newnan

Our Famous People

Newnan and Coweta County are home to thousands of friendly, caring and welcoming residents. 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 into giving back to the City to make it what it is today. However, we do like to boast about our former and/or current famous sons and daughters whom we call 'Newnanites.'

Some of the City's most notable residents include:

Military
Joe M. Jackson, United States Air Force Colonel, Medal of Honor Recipient
Stephen W. Pless, Marine Corps Major, Medal of Honor Recipient

Music
Alan Jackson, Country Music Hall of Fame Member and Singer
Buford Boone, Editorialist, Pulitzer Prize Winner
Charles Wadsworth, International Classical Pianist
Doug Stone, American Country Music Artist
Hamilton Bohannon, Leader and Arranger of Bohannon & The Motown Sound

Politics
Ellis Gibbs Arnall, Former Governor of Georgia
Lamar Potts, Former Sherriff of Coweta County
William Yates Atkinson, Former Governor of Georgia

Sports
Will Smith, current MLB pitcher
Cam Bedrosian, current MLB pitcher
Alec Ogletree, current NFL linebacker
Will Lutz, current NFL kicker
Tray Matthews, current NFL defensive back
Brandon Facyson, current NFL defensive back
Dale Murphy, former MLB outfielder, 7-time All-Star, 2-time MVP
Steve Bedrosian, former MLB pitcher, Cy Young Award (1987), All-Star
Jerome Walton, former MLB outfielder, Rookie of the Year (1989)
Keith Brooking, former NFL linebacker, 5-time Pro Bowler
Drew Hill, former NFL receiver, 2-time Pro Bowler
Chris Hansen, former NFL punter, Pro Bowler
Dave Kindred, Sports Columnist, Atlanta-Journal Constitution
Matteline Ryder, U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team
Robin Byrd Goad, World Championship Women's Weightlifter
Louis Brown, Former PGA Golfer
Jean Reynolds, Current LPGA Golfer
Chris Reitsma, former MLB pitcher
Johnny Estrada, former MLB catcher
Warren Newson, former MLB outfielder
Brad Emaus, former MLB infielder
Tim Van Egmund, former MLB pitcher
Michael Cheever, former NFL center
Chris Young, former NFL defensive back
John Keith, former NFL defensive back
Mallory Rutledge, former ML soccer player
Natalie Pluskota, former professional Tennis player

Journalism, Literature, Art
Buford Boone, Editorialist, Pulitzer Prize Winner
David Boyd, Illustrator of "You Might Be a Redneck If..."
Erskine Caldwell, Novelist
Lewis Grizzard, Columnist
Margaret Anne Barnes, Author of Murder in Coweta County
Pilliard Dickle, National Calendar Award Calendar Artist