Covell Funeral Home

232 East State Street, Traverse City, MI


Arthur Luther Covell

February 26, 1919August 3, 2019

Arthur L. Covell, 100, of Kingsley passed away early Saturday morning at his home. Arthur was born February 26, 1919 in Carversville, Pennsylvania. The son of Fay and Lillis (Halbert) Covell. On September 1, 1940 in Trenton, New Jersey, he married the former Mary Fink who preceded him in death June 12, 2012. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Alfred and Leslie Covell and his daughter, Debra Poston. "Art", as he always referred to himself, was raised in Trenton, New Jersey and in his early years was employed by American Steel and Wire Company in Trenton, where in addition to his work there, made lifelong friends, Walter and Eleanor Sayre. No matter where geography would change in the future, they remained friends with them and their family throughout their lives. Although gainfully employed at American Steel, he felt that he had a different calling. A member of the Trenton Seventh-Day Adventist Church, he was very active in the Lay Ministries of the church, but felt he needed to take it further, thus pursuing his ultimate career as an ordained minister. He served two churches in Perth Amboy and Jersey City, New Jersey prior to moving to Michigan in 1963. During his Ministry in Michigan, he has served churches in Coldwater, Burlington, Jackson, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Lansing. His final appointment was Director of Personal Ministries for the Michigan Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, from which he retired in 1984. He has been a member of the of the Traverse City Seventh Day Adventist church since that time. His retirement was short lived as he was called on to various churches as interim pastor over a period of several years. He and Mary also assisted their sons who at the time owned Covell Funeral Homes in Traverse City, Elk Rapids, and Kingsley. Surviving are two sons, Douglas Covell of Bradenton, FL and Dennis (Ann) Covell of Kingsley; six grandchildren, David Covell of Los Angeles, CA, Daniel (Natali) Covell of Las Vegas, NV, Cassidy (Rosa) Covell of Ellenton, FL, Nikole (Paul) Channels of Hudson, MI, Thomas (Patrice) Stebner of San Tan Valley, AZ, and Kenneth Stebner of Traverse City; four great-grandchildren, Morgan Channels of Jupiter, FL, Ben and Mark Channels of Hudson, MI, and Debra Stebner of San Tan Valley, AZ. We wish to extend special thanks to nurse Kitty and the entire Heartland Hospice team for their extraordinary care and assistance with caring for our father. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, August 7, at the Traverse City Seventh Day Adventist Church located at the corner of Hammond and Four Mile Rd. with Pastor Jeff Akenberger and Pastor Wes Peppers officiating. Burial will follow at the Barnum Cemetery, Mayfield. Visitation will be from 4-8 pm Tuesday at the Covell Funeral Home, Kingsley, and at the church Wednesday from 10 am until time of services.


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 6, 2019
  • Visitation Wednesday, August 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 7, 2019
  • Burial Wednesday, August 7, 2019


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Ronald Voorhees

August 9, 2019

My sincere condolences on the loss of your Father. Many happy memories of visiting with the family.

Dan Cook

August 7, 2019

Doug, Dennis and Ann,
I was so sorry to hear of Art's passing. He was such a kind man. He was well into his 80s when I worked with him and always so helpful.
Every time I would show up at the Kingsley Chapel for work, your mom and dad would make sure I was well fed. He will be missed.

Dan Cook

Donald Sayre

August 5, 2019

We were so sad to learn about the passing of our dear family friend, Art. We adored him and will miss him very much. Our memories of family adventures and fun times will have to sustain us now. He was truly a treasure to all who were lucky to spend time with him and he was always such a gentleman. We regret that due to distance and age, we were not able to spend as much time with him at the end as we had wanted.

We will never forget him as he and Mary were part of our family. Our ties ran deep and were part of the fabric of our lives. We are truly heartbroken and wish we were able to be there for all of you.

We are sending our love, prayers and condolences and hope that our family friendship will continue to flourish.

With of heartfelt sympathies,
Don, Diane and Shirley

Thomas Stebner

August 5, 2019

Arthur Covell with his great-granddaughter Debra Madison Stebner on November 11, 2016.

Melody Anger

August 5, 2019

I attended Elder Covell’s church. He was always very kind to me and full of wisdom. Two years ago my husband and I visited him and I wrote the following in my journal: “Today we visited Elder Covell at his home. ❤️

I feel inspired to write a poem about him.

"Come in," said the sign on the door. "I may not hear you."I laughed and turned to my husband, who followed me in. We took off our shoes.

He sat with his back to us in an old leather chair. It seemed a fitting chair, as if meant for a distinguished professor. And so he was - just of a different sort: a student of God's Word, yet a teacher as well.

We were welcomed warmly. I embraced him and we sat. I took his hearing device in my hand and we chatted.

Doug and I went over and looked at the beautiful Thomas Kincaid puzzle that the Priests had put together for him.

I don't remember all we discussed, but I do remember offering to read a portion of Isaiah 65.

Doug flipped to the passage in my Bible and handed it to me. I opened my mouth to read and Elder Covell asked me to follow along. He began to recite from memory the passage about the new heavens and the new earth.

It was all I could do not to cry.

Ninety-eight years old and such an intellect! Such a heart - such a love for God's Words, to commit them to memory.

He didn't let us leave without calling his daughter-in-law, who arrived promptly and fed us scrumptious cake and butter pecan ice cream.

We talked about some items in his living room: the beagles, the Moses figurine, the porcelain doll collection that his wife cherished.
He had bought them for her for occasions like birthdays. We also discussed the china that Mary liked so much.”

Elder Covell was a treasure. My sympathy and prayers go out to his family. Heaven is real. We will meet him again. ❤️

jean Dickerson

August 5, 2019

Praying God will wrap His loving around Elder Covell's family as only He can do. I was Elder Covell's secretary for 5 years at the Michigan Conference until his retirement. I remember that his day was not complete until he reached out and did something to bless someone. He lived a long, good, and productive life. The last time I saw time him is when my daughter
and I went to visit him. We took along lunch to share and his daughter-in-law brought over a dessert for us. I treasure all the special memories. There is no doubt in my mind that when Jesus returns and the graves are opened Elder Covell will wake up and hear the words "well done my faithful servant".