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Coy Covington

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HERRIN - Coy Covington, 77, passed away at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Memorial Hospital oc Carbondale.

Coy was a retired Tool and Die Maker. He formerly worked 27 years for General Electric in Carbondale.

He was a member of First Christian Church in Herrin where he served as an Elder for more than 20 years and a veteran of the U. S. Army serving from 1959 until 1961.

Coy was born March 6, 1936, in Herrin, to William Hobert and Dessie Lillian (Odum) Covington.

Coy was united in marriage with Geraldine 'Jerry' Browder on Aug. 2, 1958, in the Christian Church in Johnston City.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Jerry Covington of Herrin; two daughters and a son-in-law, Ronda and Brad Smith of Energy and Nina Covington of Marion; three grandchildren, Sarah Mitter and her husband, Chris of Hurst, Kyle Smith of Energy and Matthew Berg of Carterville; great-grandson, Jacob Allan Mitter of Hurst; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Blanche Magee of Joliet, Wilma Hopkins of Harrisburg and Diane and James Thompson of Herrin; a brother and a sister-in-law, Randall and Diane Covington of Winterville, Ga.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Melissa and Dallas Forcum of Twenty Nine Palms, Calif.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ronald and Linda Browder of Washington; several nieces and nephews, including his two nieces, Carolyn Wood and Leanne DeNeal; a nephew, Thomas Hopkins, whom were very special to him and Jerry; and his beloved dog, Maggie.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Kenneth Coy Covington in 1959; his parents; two sisters, Marilyn Peck and Janet Rentfro; and a brother, Paul Covington.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, in Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin, with the Revs. Ron Henwood and Derek Levins officiating. Interment with military graveside rites conducted by Herrin American Legion Post 645, Baker-Ladd VFW Post 1567 and Illinois Army National Guard Honor Detail will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Johnston City. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials are the preferred form of remembrance and may be made to the First Christian Church, P. O. Box 188, Herrin, IL 62948.

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Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Jan. 24 to Jan. 26, 2014
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