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Demaine Funeral Home – Fairfax

10565 Main ST, Fairfax, VA

OBITUARY

John Marshall Covington Sr.

November 15, 1933May 16, 2020
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John “Marshall” Covington, Sr., age 86, of Montross, Virginia passed away on Saturday, May 16. He was a member of the American Legion Fairfax, Fairfax Ruritans Club, Fairfax Lions Club, and the Montross Moose Lodge. Additionally, he was a lifetime member of the AT&T Pioneers.

Marshall had a tremendous work ethic, having worked for AT&T for 35 years after proudly serving his country in the Army from 1954 – 1957.

An avid Washington Redskins fan, he also had a deep passion for gardening, matched only by his love for beagles, jack russell terriers and fishing. Marshall was known for his quick wit and jovial spirit demonstrated by his enjoyment of Calvin and Hobbes and his appreciation of ‘The Duke,’ John Wayne, in his many movies.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Wallace Simeon and Rita Allen Covington, brother, Wallace Covington Jr., sister, Ida Lee Carey, and grandson, Jason Goodman. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Juanita “Nita” Covington, sons, John Marshall “Jay” Covington, Jr. (Bonnie Covington) and Gregory Covington, daughter, Marsha Lynn Goodman (Jess Goodman), brother Charles Covington, Sr., brother-in law, Paul Carey, Sr., sister-in-law, Margaret Covington, nephews, Wallace Covington, III (Connie Covington), Charles “Chuck” Covington, Jr. (Jan Covington), Paul Carey, Jr., 2 nieces, Deborah Carey and Rita Lorraine Carey, 5 grandchildren, Chris Goodman (Melissa Goodman), Ashleigh LaBarge (Andrew LaBarge), Jaime Gleason (Frank Gleason), Kari Covington (Josh Scott), Catlin Giguere (Jonathan Giguere), 3 great grandchildren Connor Goodman, Madison Giguere and Taylor Giguere, and numerous other family and friends.

Visitation services will be held at Demaine Funeral Home located at 10565 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030 on Friday, May 22, starting at 10:00 a.m. Funeral services will begin at 12:00 p.m. followed by the interment at the cemetery at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, family and friends may make memorial contributions to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association. Marshall is well-loved by his family and friends who hope to carry on his memory for years to come.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 22, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, May 22, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, May 22, 2020

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John Lumsden

May 21, 2020

Mr. Covington has known me since I was a very tiny kid as our families were neighbors for many years in Lee High Village since the early 60’s. My fondest memory of Mr. Covington is that nearly every time he saw me he would sing “Big John, Big Bad John“. We sometimes ate crabs and watermelon together on picnic tables at the Covington's’ or at our house and I can’t forget the court decorations at Christmas or snapping peas and shucking corn. I have a lot of fond memories of the Covington family and I am very sad to hear of Mr. Covington’s passing.

With lots of Love John Lumsden and family.

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