Suffolk - Emily Mae West Covington of Suffolk, VA. slipped into eternal rest on Sunday, December 23, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband Willie James Covington, Sr. and brother, Roosevelt T. West, Jr. She was born on August 12, 1930 in Nansemond County, VA to the late Roosevelt Theodore West, Sr. and Lucille Anderson West.
She was educated in the Nansemond County Public School System. She continued her education by enrolling in several adult learning and general education courses at P.D. Pruden Vocational Center and Paul D. Camp Community College.
Emily Mae was an entrepreneur for over five decades. In 1964, while still working for private employers, Willie and Emily Covington established the Suffolk Seafood Market. Emily was responsible for the day-to-day operations of this highly successful business. In 1968, Willie and Emily became proprietors of Bill's Cafe'. Upon Willie's untimely death in 1974, Emily became the sole proprietor of this establishment until her retirement in 1995.
She was a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church, where she served on the Usher and Missionary Boards. She held watch membership at Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Petersburg, VA. while residing in Chester, VA. with her daughter.
Emily Mae leaves seven children to honor her legacy: John C. West, Sr. of Suffolk, Joan C. Watford (Ernest) of Suffolk, Betty J. Dixon (Keith) of Raleigh, NC, Willie J. Covington, Jr. (Vivian) of Chesapeake, VA, Clarence E. Covington, Sr. (Lynn) of Chesapeake, Jacqueline C. Milteer of Chesapeake, and Dr. Faye Covington-Bradley (Carroll) of Chester, VA. The matriarch of the family leaves thirteen grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Emily Mae was the eldest of four sibling, Rosa Lee Darden (Lorenzo) of Hampton, VA., Clarence S. West, Sr. (Oprah) of Suffolk, (deceased) Roosevelt T. West, Jr. (Marilyn) and Barbara West Copeland of Suffolk. She will be greatly missed by her nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The family will receive guests on Fri., Dec. 28, 2012 from 6 - 7 p.m. at Crocker Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 29, 2012 at Metropolitan Baptist Church, Suffolk followed by interment at Carver Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Metropolitan Baptist Church Family Life Center, 125 County Street, Suffolk, VA 23434. There will be no public viewing. Professional services have been entrusted to Crocker Funeral Home, Suffolk. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.crockerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Dec. 29, 2012