WIlliam “Gerald” Covington of Pawhuska, Okla. passed away at his home on Grandview Ave. on Saturday, April 6, 2013.
He was born in Rogers, Ark. on August 16, 1917 — the second child and oldest son of Landis and Willie (Hudson) Covington.
While in elementary school, his family moved to Tulsa. It is there that he spent his formative years. He learned his work ethic early, helping his family earn extra money by working as a caddy at Mohawk Golf Club. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1935, where he was captain of the basketball team. It also there that he met his first wife, Emma Grace Kirkpatrick. They were married on Oct. 15, 1939. Gerald and Emma moved to Pawhuska in 1941, initially to work in the oil business with his father-in-law, Ed Kirkpatrick, and eventually forming their own independent oil producing company, Covington and Covington, in 1957.
Gerald spent 50-plus years successfully working the oil fields of Osage County. They had two daughters, Jerry Sue and Jean Ann. Gerald and Emma were married 47 years until her death in 1986.
In 1993 he married Dolores Poulter. They enjoyed his retirement. She was appreciated for her cooking and took diligent care of him in his final years. They were married 20 years until his death.
He loved his home in Pawhuska and was active in the community. He served on the Pawhuska City Council and was appointed Mayor in 1974, were he served 6 years.
He also served on the Pawhuska Library Board, was chairman of the Pawhuska Hospital Board and as a Deacon of the First Christian Church, a member of the Pawhuska Kiawanis and was also a 32nd-degree Mason.
Gerald is survived by his wife Dolores Covington; his daughters Jerry Sue Finney (Joe) of Fayetteville, Ark. and Jean Ann Gililland (Roger) of McLean, Virginia; grand Children Sue Ann Neese (Russell) Nikie Micheli (Richard), Sally Shipley (Neil) and Ryan Gillilland (Jennifer); grandchildren, Ashley Lovercheck, Sarah Anne Shipley,
Samantha Neese, Harrison Shipley, Max Micheli and Gabriella Micheli; and great grandchild Olivia Grace Lovercheck. He is also survived by his sister, Bertha Jo Covington; a brother in-law, Doug Givens; and stepson, Ron Poulter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Emma Covington; two brothers, three sisters, and son-in-law, Forrest “Buddy” Mounts.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, 814 Prudom Ave., Pawhuska, OK 74056.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 10, 2 p.m., at the First Christian Church of Pawhuska. Rev. Ken Woodhams will officiate. Interment will be in the Pawhuska City Cemetery.
McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.