COVINGTON, IRVAN A.
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Irvan "Irv" A. Covington, age 74 of Alachua went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 24, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Evansville, Indiana and grew up on Kingsley Lake in Starke, FL., where he was preceded in death by his father A.Y. Covington, M.D. and his mother Mary. Irv graduated Bradford High where he earned a scholarship in Track and Field to Georgia Southern University. While there he earned his B.S. in Engineering. He was known as "Squirrel" by his coworkers where he was an Engineer with the State of Florida DOT retiring after 41 yrs. Irv, known as "Cookie" retired after 41 years of service with the US Army National Guard. He was known as "Fossil" while serving the Florida Jaycees and loved being a member retiring as a Senator. He also served as president of the Alachua County Fair Board. He was an Honorary Kentucky Colonel. He was a lifelong sports fan that lived for all Gator Games and is proud to have a brick on the Gator Brick Walk "2008 Irvan Covington Forever Gator". He was a devoted loving husband, father, grandparent, friend and mentor to many. Most of all he loved laughter and family gatherings. He had a heart for God and was a cheerful giver.
He is survived by his wife Wilma Jean Covington his children William Covington, Tonda (Mark) Covington, Marilyn Greene, Gail Hunt, Kay (Harold) Holder, Mike Hunt, and Joan Sapp. 7 grandchildren: Lenora Covington, Aubrey Covington, Bryce Covington, Logan Covington, Kristi (Andy) Crane, Nat (Melissa) Blaylock and Caleb Sapp; 4 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 5pm to 7pm at Milam Funeral Home in Newberry. The Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel of Newberry on Wednesday Nov. 27, 2012. Interment to follow at Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Trenton, Fl. Arrangements by MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669 (352) 472-5361.
Milam Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. of Newberry
22405 West Newberry Road
Newberry, FL 32669
Published in Gainesville Sun from Nov. 26 to Nov. 27, 2012