June 3, 1932 - September 10, 2021
Born in Weir, MS June 1932 Karon Carr Covington died in Santa Rosa, CA of complications from Alzheimer's disease on September 10, 2021 at 89. Karon was a man of unwavering faith, superior integrity, fierce loyalty and profuse generosity. He was the epitome of a gentleman – always with a kind word, a hearty smile and a helping hand. In his youth he took every opportunity presented to him, carved many out for himself and worked hard to capitalize on both setbacks and successes throughout life. He was an unstoppable and savvy businessman, an incredibly creative negotiator and a mentor to many. Karon took great pleasure in providing for his family, traveling extensively with his wife of 67 years, and watching his two boys and his grandchildren grow up and blossom. It was in middle school that his love for football sprouted into a decades-long, rewarding passion. In Mississippi he and his best friend Gyp Garner got to suit up for the Ackerman High School Varsity team in 6th and 7th grades practicing with the team and in 8th grade getting to play a few plays. That personal drive propelled excellence on the field eventually leading sports writer, Billy Ray, to deem them The Ackerman Touchdown Twins after breaking records, making all-star and delighting fans with winning seasons. Karon went on to be a linebacker, running back and punter for Delta State University where in 2005 he was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame for high accolades in both football and javelin. Later he was Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Army where he served in the Korean War. After moving the family to California in 1963, Karon enjoyed abalone diving, fishing, skiing and coaching thousands of kids in track, football and basketball during his 20-year teaching career at Harmony Union School in Occidental, CA. He taught Science to all the 7th and 8th graders and started the school's science fair that led to many kids winning Sweepstakes Awards at the San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair. He had a way of encouraging kids to try harder, to be their best, and was honored by Outstanding Elementary Teachers of America in 1973 and 1974 and by Outstanding Leaders in Elementary and Secondary Education in 1976. Never one to linger in down time, he got his realtor's license, enjoyed art and books, traveled to more than 16 countries and served in numerous positions with Christian Missionary Alliance and Santa Rosa Bible Church. As he enters Heaven received by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, he leaves behind his beloved wife, Mary Jo Covington, their two boys, Keith (Joyce) Covington and Kim (Michelle) Covington as well as grandchildren Kyle (Josh) Covington, Chase (Kristine) Covington and Cassidy Covington and great grandchildren Finley Covington and Boden Covington. In lieu of flowers, donations to Delta State University Athletics Department in Cleveland, MS or Redwood Gospel Mission in Santa Rosa, CA are appreciated. You are invited to view and share remembrances at the family's memorial website: www.karoncovington.com
Published by Press Democrat from Sep. 17 to Sep. 19, 2021.