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Morris "Joe" Covington passed away on July 25, 2017 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Joe was born in rural Cotton County, Oklahoma on November 10, 1936 to Morris John Henry Covington and Linnis (Taylor) Covington. Joe grew up in the Temple and Walters, Oklahoma area and worked in the oil fields of Oklahoma and Texas until he was drafted into the Army on March 4, 1959. Joe served two years and was honorably discharged on March 6, 1961 and returned to work in the oil fields. While stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, Joe met and eventually married Ruth (Best) Covington on Feb 20, 1962 in Alpine, Texas.
After the birth of their first son, Joseph, the family moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado where their daughter Brenda (Covington) O'Brien and son James were born. Joe worked for Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs as a HVAC mechanic, pneumatic tube messaging repairman and snow-plow driver until his retirement in 2001. Joe and Ruth were divorced in 2001 and Joe returned to Oklahoma to live in the Chickasha area until his recent illness when he moved to Virginia to recover at his daughter's home. Joe enjoyed gardening, working on cars, and spending time with his two granddaughters, Alyssa McDonnell and Katelyn Russell.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife Ruth, son Joseph, mother Linnis, father Morris John Henry, sisters Betty (Covington) Holmes, Francis (Covington) Saylor, Wanda (Covington) Taylor, and Letha (Covington) Hood. He is survived by brothers Ken Covington of Yukon and Donnie Covington of Chickasha, his sister Lynda (Covington) Weddle of Oklahoma City, his daughter Brenda (Covington) OĆ­Brien of Fredericksburg, Virginia, son James Covington of Douglas, Wyoming, granddaughters Alyssa McDonnell and Kateyln Russell, and many nephews, nieces, and cousins.
A memorial service with military honors will be held at 11:00 on August 14, 11:00 at Fort Sill Veteran's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice.
Published on August 7, 2017
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