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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
Chris Reitsma, former MLB Baseball Player
Dale Murphy, former All-Star for the Atlanta Braves
Dave Kindred, Sports Columnist
Drew Hill, former NFL player
Jerome Walton, National Baseball League's Rookie of the Year (1989)
Johnny Estrada, former MLB player
Keith Brooking, former NFL player
Louis Brown, PGA Golf/Matteline Ryder - U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team
Michael Cheever, former NFL player for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Robin Byrd Goad, World Championship Women's Weightlifter
Steve Bedrosian, former MLB pitcher - Atlanta Braves
Warren Newson, former baseball 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

Sports
Chris Reitma, former MLB player
Dale Murphy, former MLB All-Star for the Atlanta Braves
Dave Kindred, sports columnist
Drew Hill, former NFL player
Jerome Walton, former MLB player; National Baseball League's Rookie of the Year (1989)
Johnny Estrada, former MLB player
Keith Brooking, former NFL player
Louis Brown, PGA Golfer
Matteline Ryder, U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team
Michael Cheever, former NFL player
Robin Byrd Goad, retired female World Championship Women's Weightlifter (1998)
Steve Bedrosian, former MLB player
Warren Newsome, former MLB player