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.'


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


  • 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


  • Ellis Gibbs Arnall, Former Governor of Georgia
  • Lamar Potts, Former Sheriff of Coweta County
  • William Yates Atkinson, Former Governor of Georgia


  • 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