He was educated in the Richmond County Public Schools. He was a member of Poplar Springs Missionary Baptist Church and worked in textiles for 24 years at the Old Aleo Plant and 20 plus years at the Sandhurst Plant.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Belle Ingram Covington; two daughters. Clara Cornelia and Sharon Kay; one son, Elder James Harrington and two brothers, Billy Covington and Nicholas Covington.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m. at Poplar Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Rockingham with the Rev. Gladys Groome, officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Public viewing will be held on Wednesday from 1-7 p.m. and the family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Service in Rockingham.
He is survived by his three daughters, Willena Robinson of Newark, NJ, Claretha Diggs Wallace of Winston Salem, and M. Marie Covington of the home; Two sons, Walter Covington, Jr. and Jeffrey Covington both of Rockingham; Sisters, Cora McNeil of Rockingham, Margaret Watts of New Jersey, Ethel Mosley of California and Dorothy Bynum of Hamlet; brothers, John Covington, Jr. and Eddie Covington both of New Jersey; 18 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
Nelson Funeral Service of Rockingham is in charge of arragnements.