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Rolling Oaks Funeral Home

400 Freeport Pkwy, Coppell, TX

OBITUARY

Michael Luther Covert

16 May, 194529 May, 2020
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Michael L. Covert passed away peacefully and surrounded by his loving family at home in Coppell, Texas on May 29, 2020 at age 75. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda (neé Westfall), his beloved sons James (Anna Ostoja-Starzewska) of New York City, Jonathan Matthew of Coppell, daughter Erin (Wouter Hogers) of Washington, D.C., and grandson Adam of New York City. Michael was born May 16, 1945 in Meridian, Miss., the fourth of nine children of Benjamin Whitworth Covert and Lena Smith Covert. He moved to Dallas in 1966, where he met and married Linda in 1967. Within a few years, he found his passion in the nursery and landscaping business. A Texas Certified Nursery Professional, Michael made Dallas neighborhoods more colorful and beautiful until his retirement. He was a skillful man who made everyone he met laugh and feel loved. He never met a stranger, and he was still joking and making new friends in his final days. His phenomenal Southern cooking and Thanksgiving dressing will never be forgotten. He also loved Cadillacs, Elvis Presley, and banana pudding. Michael was devoted to his children, handing down to all of them a lifelong love of music and memories of his beautiful, strong singing voice. He was very close to his siblings and their families, who affectionately knew him as "Uncle Mike." His surviving siblings are Fred, Joseph, Albert, and Rita Janis. His predeceased siblings were Benjamin Whitworth Jr., Mary Grace, William, and Larry. A private memorial service will be held at Rolling Oaks Memorial Center in Coppell at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 14. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.

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Steve and Sandra Couch

27 June 2020

Linda, we were so saddened to hear of Mike's death. We saw the obit in the paper. We tried to find you guys years ago after losing touch with you. We remember good times with y'all and living in the duplex on San Fernando Way. Steve still has the old sleeping fisherman ceramic on his dresser that Mike painted and gave to him. I think of you every time I fold fitted sheets. (You taught me how to do that!) I'm hoping you can get in touch with us through email. We'd love to her from you. We'll be thinking of you and praying God's comfort for you and your family.

Sue Covert

16 June 2020

So sorry to hear of the loss to your family. The video was a wonderful tribute to this caring person. Though I know our connection is one of very distant cousins, I know a light has left this world. Rest high on that mountain Michael, and know your work is done. You will be missed.

Hans Hogers

14 June 2020

Dear Mike,
Rest in peace

James and Ella May Beach

7 June 2020

We have lost a very special friend. We want you all to know you are in our prayers.
We had many special suppers with you. We remember when we told you we were moving home, Mike asked why ? James said “We have seen everything in Dallas.“ Mike promptly answered back “Only the things that are free”. We all had a great laugh! Linda we also remember when he showed us how he fell down the steps. We had so many wonderful memories with Mike and Linda!

Pam Walker

5 June 2020

Dear Linda and family,
Although we didn’t know Michael well, we want to send you our deepest sympathies and are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Linda, we love you.

Coppell Senior Center staff and friends

Cindy Nye

4 June 2020

Thank you Uncle Mike for all of the kindness, laughter, and love for your beautiful family, which inspired so many people. Our time with you was a blessing that we will always remember and hold dear.

Johnny & Catherine Whitesell

4 June 2020

Uncle Michael will be greatly missed for his Loving Words and warm Heart. He was very dear to all if our family. We will Love and remember him in our Hearts

Our Love, Sincerely,
Johnny and Catherine Whitesell

Ronald Harper

4 June 2020

Mike how I remember you as a teenager sitting in your front porch in a swing. This was when we lived on Hooper Street. You enjoyed sitting in that swing and always reading. You never meet a stranger. Always had a smile. Even at that age you loved flowers. And you had this strange noise you could make with your voice. Memories I will always cherish. I know heaven welcomed you with open arms. Miss those days Mike.

Ania O-S.

3 June 2020

Dear Mike,
I’m so lucky I had such a great dad-in-law. You welcomed me immediately into the family with a warm hug and that brisk “Hey Anna,” in your Mississippi accent. Soon you switched to calling me Ania after you noticed James adopting the diminutive used by my folks. That Christmas when we came down for a visit after our wedding, you took tons of pictures of us, asking us to pose and to kiss. You looked so happy sharing our happiness. I loved to hang out in your backyard listening to you taking about plants, flowers and the tall trees. I loved how you immediately asked for a bottle when with James we arrived to show you your grandson: “Hey, put him in my lap - I want to feed him.” And yes, it was delicious for me to cruise Mexican restaurants with you and to taste your pecan pie. Do you remember when the gorilla scared Adam at the zoo? Naughty us, how we laughed. And do you remember how we got lost in the court house, trying to get to where the photos were being shot after Erin's and Wout's wedding? Fortunately, we made it on time! I will miss your phone calls and your "How are y'all? How is our little man doing?" And Adam will miss his grandpa. It was so moving how he learned to say "I love you grandpa!" on the phone with you just a few weeks ago. We hope he develops biceps like yours, and he already has your warmth towards family, friends and strangers. We know you will live on in his smile.
Much love,
Ania

Gina Whitney

3 June 2020

Uncle Mike was loved by all of us and will be dearly missed. He added a little sparkle to life. He and Aunt Linda hosted us quite a bit in Dallas and it was always so enjoyable to see mother and daddy and how much fun they had. Watching all of the Covert clan get together and talk and laugh hysterically at each other’s stories really taught the value of family. I am so grateful for the memories. Thank you Uncle Mike.

Gina Whitney

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Biography

Michael L. Covert passed away peacefully and surrounded by his loving family at home in Coppell, Texas on May 29, 2020 at age 75. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda (neé Westfall), his beloved sons James (Anna Ostoja-Starzewska) of New York City, Jonathan Matthew of Coppell, daughter Erin (Wouter Hogers) of Washington, D.C., and grandson Adam of New York City. Michael was born May 16, 1945 in Meridian, Miss., the fourth of nine children of Benjamin Whitworth Covert and Lena Smith Covert. He moved to Dallas in 1966, where he met and married Linda in 1967. Within a few years, he found his passion in the nursery and landscaping business. A Texas Certified Nursery Professional, Michael made Dallas neighborhoods more colorful and beautiful until his retirement. He was a skillful man who made everyone he met laugh and feel loved. He never met a stranger, and he was still joking and making new friends in his final days. His phenomenal Southern cooking and Thanksgiving dressing will never be forgotten. He also loved Cadillacs, Elvis Presley, and banana pudding. Michael was devoted to his children, handing down to all of them a lifelong love of music and memories of his beautiful, strong singing voice. He was very close to his siblings and their families, who affectionately knew him as "Uncle Mike." His surviving siblings are Fred, Joseph, Albert, and Rita Janis. His predeceased siblings were Benjamin Whitworth Jr., Mary Grace, William, and Larry. A private memorial service will be held at Rolling Oaks Memorial Center in Coppell at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 14. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.

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