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Date published: 5/3/2014

Herbert C. Covington

Herbert Carter Covington, 92, of Ruther Glen passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Herbert was born in Caroline County to Lloyd E. and Ruby Covington in 1922. He went to Edmund Pendleton School and attended Randolph-Macon College until his undergraduate education was interrupted in 1943, when he was called to active- duty service in World War II.

Having previously been enlisted in the Aviation Cadet program, Herbert began pilot training. After completion of pilot training, he was assigned to Hickham Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was assigned as officer-in-charge of an emergency boat squadron. During this assignment, he also met his life partner, Adeline.

Herbert's assignments took him and Adeline to Christmas Island, New Caledonia, near Australia; Langley Air Force Base in Virginia; Sculthrope and London, England; and parts of Scotland and Ireland. After returning to the United States he was assigned to Lincoln, Neb., and while there completed the coursework, with honors, leading to his bachelor's degree.

Herbert and Adeline returned to Caroline County in 1963, where he taught high school for seven years. He completed his Master of Education degree at VCU and was assigned as principal of the junior high school in 1979, (later called the middle school). He retired in 1984.

Herbert was a very active member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and served in many leadership positions including Sunday school teacher, lay leader, treasurer and member of the administrative board. He was also a lifetime member of the Reedy Church Ruritan Club.

He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and landscaping around the house, boating and fishing on the Rappahannock River.

Survivors include his wife, Adeline; his daughter, Sylvia Branscome and her husband, Darrell and his granddaughter, Tyler. He was preceded in death by his son, Page Carter Covington; his parents; his brother, Lloyd Covington; and his sister, Myrtle Fitzgerald.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's UMC, 25187 Signboard Road, Ruther Glen, VA 22546 or Reedy Church Ruritan Club.

Online condolences may be left at storkefuneralhome .com.