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Dr. John Mark Covington

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Dr. John Mark Covington, 91, passed away peacefully at his home on March 23, 2020. He was born on September 17, 1928 in Cookeville, TN to the Reverend Burgess White Covington and Ethel Grace Stucker Covington.

Dr. Covington received a BS degree in Agricultural Science and Engineering from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute in 1951 and his Medical Degree from the University of Tennessee Medical Center in 1957. While in medical school he met the love of his life, Glenda Faye Veach. They married August 18,1956 and moved to Paulding County in December of 1958. He fell in love not only with the county but also the wonderful people he met through his work as a family physician. For this and many other reasons, he devoted his life to making Paulding County a good place to live and raise a family.

Dr. Covington was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, James (Jim) Covington and William (Billy) Covington, and two sisters, Helen Copeland and Lucile Hyder. He is survived by his  sister Lois Lacy, his beloved wife, Glenda Covington, his children Mark (Martha) Covington, Cindy Covington, Sandra Covington, James Covington, Diana (Barry) Bickers and David (Pam) Covington, and 5 dear grandchildren and many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Due to the current state of affairs in our country, a memorial service will be held at a later date TBD.   Interment will be at Georgia National Cemetery in a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his honor to the First United Methodist Church’s “Finish in Faith Fund” or to Wellstar Foundation in memory of Dr. John Covington for the Wellstar Paulding Hospital Trauma Program.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the friends and family who have supported Dr. Covington throughout his years. Your love and kindness will be forever remembered.

8 Comments To "Dr. John Mark Covington"

Carolyn Wright On Mar 28 2020 at 12pm
Dr. Covington was such a kind man, and respected by all. He will be missed by many. He will always be in our hearts and memories. My prayers are with you all. Reply to this comment
Judy Bagby On Mar 28 2020 at 12pm
De. Covington was an officer and a gentleman. I respected and admired him so much. He and my late father, George were good friends. He will be missed but never forgotten. Reply to this comment
James O'Brien On Mar 26 2020 at 8pm
Dr. Covington diagnosed me with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever when I was 14 and saved my life. Deepest sympathy and respect to his entire family. Reply to this comment
Verna Able On Mar 26 2020 at 4pm
I wish to express my sincere sympathy to Glenda and the family I know how devastating this is and I wish all of you have God’s love in the days to come Reply to this comment
Jamie On Mar 26 2020 at 4pm
So sorry to hear of Dr. Covington's passing. He lived a long life. Take comfort in knowing that God has promised to bring our dead loved ones back to life. Acts 24:15: "And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous." God will give you strength and courage to cope with your grief. Reply to this comment
Billy Ford On Mar 26 2020 at 6am
Uncle John, you will be missed! My heart go's out to all my family in Georgia! Reply to this comment
Lloyd Covington On Mar 25 2020 at 10pm
Uncle John stayed with mom and dad some while in college and I remember him as a great and wonderful uncle. For many years we had his old Air Force Overcoat at our home and it was so warm when riding tractor on cold nights. Thought of him ever time we used it. We always looked forward to his return trips to Tennessee. He never forgot his farming roots, the last post I saw on Facebook he was bragging on farmers he said "I know I was one during WW-2" . I replied I had heard a lot of stories about him, my dad and their friend Dawson Phy driving tractors all over doing custom farm work for those that didn't have tractors. Don't guess he ever saw my reply. Love you Uncle John and God Blesss Aunt Glenda and all my cousins. Lloyd Covington Reply to this comment
Cindy Covington On Mar 26 2020 at 6am
Thank you for that tidbit of his full life. He told me about that during our last trip there to visit. He wanted to ride around Putnam County to see his school, old home, any other places. This after a long day of visiting his sister's and you all. Our last visit there 2 + years ago, one I had to talk him in to because his sister's were getting nearer to their end and I wanted him to be able to see them one last time. During that trip he said his good byes to them and his nephews and their families. He got to meet MY and hold her. He loved his TN family dearly. I tried to get him back up there several times last year but he just couldn't handle the long trip and I respected that but so wished he could have made it up there, especially to meet Jack but he got to enjoy seeing all the pictures Hannah posted on FB. He loved God and family. He was our rock and we will miss him everyday we live in this here but we take comfort knowing we will be reunited one day. Love you all!
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