Jessie Ray Covington

Jessie Ray Covington, age 91, passed way in his Santa Fe home on Friday, October 18, 2019. He was born in Center Texas on February 26, 1928 to Willie and Lola (Taylor) Covington. He was a 1946 graduate of Center High school in Shelby County Tx.  He was marred to Lillian Ettredge Covington on January 15, 1971 and have been married for 48 yrs.  Jessie was a Corporal in the US Army during the Korean War.   From a very young age Jessie worked hard.  He started by working at a saw mill with his father at the age of 14, to help support his parents and siblings.  He then worked what little time he had out of school and weekends at the local theater in the evenings running the projectors and during the day at the lumber yard. After returning from the Army, he moved to Galveston, Texas.  He went to work for Sears with his brother Simmy for a few years.  Not long after, he obtained a job at Lipton Tea that lasted him a lifetime of 37 years.  After retiring from Lipton when the plant was shut down, he didn’t stop, as many know him as their favorite handyman.  Even well into his 90’s he was still active and working daily.  He had many passions, the top being his love of bowling.  He also attended Santa Fe High School football games.  He had a love for all Houston sports teams, but the Astros games were never missed. He had a love for his fur and feathered friend that resided in his yard.  Jessie also had a love of gardening and provided produce to coworkers and neighbors through the years.  Jessie is preceded in death by his parents Willie and Lola (Taylor) Covington, Brothers Arthur, Jim, Simmy and Horace, His Twin Sister Essie May, and sisters Artie and Daisy.  He is survived by his wife, Lillian Ettredge Covington. Children: Sons Jessie Covington Jr. and wife Stephanie of Temple Ga., Craig Covington and wife Kim of Santa Fe, Tx., Bruce Covington and wife Gina of Santa Fe, Tx., Steve Covington and wife Lisa of Palestine Tx., Daughters: Shela Brewster of Cleveland Tx., Melissa Maio and husband David of Elgin Tx., Lillian McClurg and husband Roger of Muldrow, Ok., 16 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  Thanks to all the care provided from Texas Oncology group in Clear Lake and Dr. Kodali.  They provided the care and support that enabled Jessie to spend three more years with his family and doing all that he loved. A Memorial Visitation will be held from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at James Crowder Funeral Home La Marque.


  1. Jessie was our friend and family. Always he tried to do his best in working and helping others. Jessie was an honorable man who loved his family. May he find a good garden in heaven and nice bowling lanes. Butch and Jane

    Sarah Ettredge
  2. Bruce I am sorry for your loss. I love you and I am praying for the peace God will give you and your family.

    Judy Lilley Frederick
    • What a wonderful legacy he has left with all of his children and grandchildren. Much love to all the Covington family ❤️

      Cynthia Carpenter
  3. So sorry prayers. Really a great man. Susan Armantrout and Rich Kuebler and family Cory Kuebler

  4. My husband and I moved into Jessie’s neighborhood, right across the street three years ago, and he quickly came over to welcome us. He told us about his garden and wanting to share its harvest. Jessie did not let his age slow him down. He enjoyed feedIng his birds twice daily, even if the feed bag weighed something like 50 pounds. He mowed his own yard, bowled weekly, and enjoyed every home football game at Santa Fe High School. He set great examples for all in the way he lived. We will miss him.

    Ron and Vee Hayes
  5. My name is Ricky Liggett I knew him for many years my dad and you mr. Covington work together at Lipton tea he was a good man call me at my prayers is with him and his family amen

    You can reach me at 409-370-8342

    Ricky Leggett

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