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J. Wesley Covington

Posted By Hall-Wynne On February 2, 2010 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

J. Wesley Covington, 59, passed away at his home on February 2, 2010.
Wes was born on May 20, 1950 in Durham, North Carolina to Dr. A.M. Covington and Virginia Bright Carter Covington. He graduated from Duke University in 1972. After a variety of jobs in the public sector, Wes resumed his education, receiving a Juris Doctor degree from North Carolina Central University in 1981. After graduation, Wes served as an assistant district attorney in the 14th judicial district. In 1988 he joined his good friend Lee A. Patterson, II in the Bryant Patterson law firm in Durham, North Carolina.
Wes was a trial lawyer, representing clients in the state and federal courts. He also provided counsel to a variety of nonprofit entities, and was General Counsel to the Divers Alert Network for many years. He was particularly proud of his representation of plaintiffs in medical negligence cases. Many of his clients became his friends for life.
Wes was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather, and was fiercely loyal to his many friends. His family and friends were paramount in his life, and with them he shared his love of scuba diving, music, travel, books, and, particularly, Duke Athletics. All that knew him will greatly miss his energy and his humor.
Wes was an active member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. He is predeceased by his mother, Bright. He is survived by Marsha Covington, his wife of 37years, his son Skyler Covington and wife Erica Covington, his daughter Summer Covington and partner Sherri Beane, his grandchildren Gracen and Owen Covington, his sister Cullen Covington-Hicks and husband Ed Hicks, his niece Dr. Lauryl Tucker and husband Adam Tucker, and his father Dr. A.M. Covington.
The family will receive friends at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church Family Life Center on Saturday, February 6, 2010 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Durham, North Carolina at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 7, 2010. .
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Durham Nativity School,
P.O. Box 3537, Durham, North Carolina 27702.


Condolences for the family of “J. Wesley Covington”

Condolence from Ron & Joyce Pendergrass on February 4th, 2010 12:00 am

Wes,
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. May God bless you.

Condolence from The Meltons on February 4th, 2010 12:00 am

Our hearts go out to Marsha and the kids. We already miss our dear friend of many years whose absence leaves an empty place in our hearts.

Condolence from MARCIA BAXLEY on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Marsha I was so sorry to hear of your loss. May your family find comfort in your faith and that God always has you in His sights and loves us unconditionally. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Marcia
Class of 1968 RHS

Condolence from Harold Boyd on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Dear Covington Family,
I am very saddened by hearing of Wes’s passing. I wish the best for your family in the loss of a really great man. I worked on the Durham PD. when Wes was an asst. in the District Attorney’s office and truly enjoyed our experiences there, what a wonderful character he was. May God bless your family in this time of grief. Harold Boyd

Condolence from Sue Wasiolek on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Marsha, Skylar, Summer and Family –

Loyalty, family and friendship – these words define Wes and his priorities. Our lives are better because of how he treated people, how he approached life and what he did for all of us. I already miss him enormously.

Sue Wasiolek

Condolence from Rhonda Larsen on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

We are all in shock and despair. I feel lost, the loss of a close friend, a confidant. There is no other “go to” person like Wes. We all know his presence, his love of life and his commitment to his friends. We were with him all of last week in one of the most beautiful countries any of us have visited, Costa Rica. Wes told everyone we met there, we will be back! Everything he said on this trip made me laugh. I ended our incredible week telling Wes, “I am your biggest fan”. And… I am. I loved him and his family dearly. Marsha is remarkable, someone we should all aspire to be like, sweet and loving. Their greatest contribution to this world is Skylar and Summer, 2 amazing children.
Wes..we promise your spirit will live on. Rest well Bonzai.

Condolence from John F. Hester on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Wes, we will all miss you greatly. You will always be my friend and a part of the lives of your many friends. The world is a much better place because of you. John

Condolence from Heather Lyon on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

I want to send my sympathy to the Covington family, me and my little girl had the honor and pleasure of having Wes as our attorney in 2002 even after our case was settled he has always checked on my child through hard times and became a very close friend, I can not begin to picture our life without the help of such a wonderful and well respected man. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. We will miss Wes so much.

sincerely,
Heather & Zannah Lyon

Condolence from Mike Andrews on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Mrs Covington, Skyler and Summer

You are in our thoughts and prayers .Pam and I have many great memories of laughter and friendship, we send our love and condolences to each of you.

Mike and Pam Andrews

Condolence from Tom and Anne Coleman on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

At the beggining of our acquaintance,I knew that Wes was to be much more than just a lawyer and defender on my side. I am so deeply saddened by his departure from our lives. He was truly a friend to me and someone I could confide in, during my times of need. Wes will always be remembered of as one of my best and most trusted friends, He will always remain in my thoughts and my heart. Anne and I are always ready to be there for the Covington’s, as now, and anytime in the future without hesitation.

Condolence from Dan Long on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Marsha:

My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time of grief. Wes was a loving and kind person and will be missed by all who knew him.

Dan Long

Condolence from Teri Beasley on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Dear Covington Family,
Our thoughts are with each of you as you navigate this challenging time. We wish for you strength and love for each other. Summer and Sherri, please know that we love you all and send big hugs your way.
With love.
Teri and Sarah

Condolence from Sharon Thompson on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

For 11 years, I had the pleasure of working across the hall from Wes as the bookkeeper of the law firm. Wes was a very well-known, respected lawyer, and I personally looked up to him a great deal. On a lighter side, he and I would joke and laugh together, and I enjoyed listening to all of his “lawyer” stories. I looked to Wes as a “father figure.” Many times I went into his office feeling down, but with his advice and help, I would walk away with a brighter outlook and better perspective. I will miss Wes, but his legacy will live on. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. May the God of grace and comfort be with you and strengthen you each day. Love always, Sharon

Condolence from Nancy Dawkins King on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Marsha and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. I have many fine memories of Wes. He was a terrific guy and will surely be missed by all.
All my love,
Nancy Dawkins King
Class of ’68

Condolence from Janice Kelly Hunsucker on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

My love, thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

All my love,
Janice Kelly Hunsucker
Class of 1968

Condolence from Robert Harrington on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

If the character of a man can be judged in part by the friends he keeps, then I consider myself blessed to have been a friend of Wes. “Fiercely loyal to friends…” I can think of no better way to describe our friend than this phrase. He was a friend to all of us in the Larsen-Harrington family. We will miss him dearly.

Prayers, thoughts and love are with Marsha, Sky, Summer and the entire family.

Condolence from Renee Duncan on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

My heart goes out to your family, along with my thoughts, prayers and best wishes.

Sky, I would love to hear from you sometime when you can write. Mrs. Covington and Summer, I send my best hopes.

~ Renee

Condolence from Raenelle Tyson on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Wes was a terrific person.

Condolence from Nancy Lear English on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Marsha, Skylar, Summer & families, My heart and love goes out to each of you during this time of loss. I remember Wes as a gentleman and all around terrific man. I will keep you and your families in my prayers for your comfort and peace in the days to come. May God bless you all.

Condolence from William Diggs on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Marsha and family,
My prayers are with you. It will take us a long time here to accept that Wes has gone. We all loved him too and we will all miss him.
Bill Diggs

Condolence from Ginger Warner Baxley Gibbon on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Dear Marsha and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you today and days to come. I know the hurt you feel for your loved one.

With much love,
Ginger Warner Gibbon

Condolence from Nancy Marklin Rosberg on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Ted Russell on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

I will always cherish the memories of our times in school and will miss him deeply. Wes was one of the truly great guys you were blessed to know and will never be forgotten.

Condolence from Carel & Caroline Thompson on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Marsha, Please know that you and the
family are in our thoughts and
prayers. We know that your strong
faith will sustain you and the love
of your friends and family will
surround you during this time.

We love you,
Carel and Caroline

Condolence from Steve and Beth Etheridge on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

So many memories… Childhood days spent growing up together in Rockingham… RHS basketball… Trips to Blue Devil ball games… Thank you, Lord, for sharing Wes to help us see what a real friend is. We are praying for God’s loving kindness and tender mercies for Marsha and the family.

Condolence from Joe Jenkins on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Marsha and Family,
The world has lost one of its truly good guys. I am saddened to learn of Wes’s death, and like so many others share in your grief. May you all focus on all the good memories I know exist and through faith find peace beyond understanding. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Keri Beasley Jones on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Covington family,
We hope you find peace and love as your friends gather around you and offer support. Summer and Sherri, we love you and are thinking of you both.
Love,
Keri,Tim,Dylan and Ethan

Condolence from Ann Rohleder Stephens on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

My thoughts are with you. Wes was a great guy.

Condolence from Al McKenzie on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Vicki and I are saddened to hear of Wes’s passing. When I think back to our high school days, it is easy to recall Wes’s smiling face and good cheer. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Al and Vicki McKenzie
Wilmington, NC

Condolence from Vanessa Squires on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

I thank the Covington family for giving us our Summer. What a character! She always has so much to give to everyone she meets. Real comraderie and profound dedication. I’ll bet these were the traits passed from a father to a daughter. My heart really aches to hear of such a loss. I think of you all often. Have faith in time and in each other.

Condolence from Bonnie Oliver Hayes on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Losing someone you’ve loved so deeply for so long has to be one of the most difficult challenges in your lifetime. May the peace that comes from the memories you shared for so many years, comfort you now and in the days ahead. I know that these memories will remain as treasures in your heart forever. Your faith in God and the love of your family and friends will see you through this tragic loss. You and your family have my sincere and heartfelt sympathy.

Condolence from Annie Pittman Schenck on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Marsha and family,
I so sorry to hear of your loss. Much love and courage in the days ahead.

Condolence from Trisha Pittman Hotz on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Marsha, You are in my thoughts and prayers. Wes will be missed by everyone. When he smiled, he always looked like the cat that ate the canary. One had to wonder what he was thinking and what kind of mischief he was up to! My fondest memories of Wes took place in Miss Howell’s class. Did he really read all those assignments?? He was a wonderful person with a heart as big as his feet. He left his mark on the world but he left way too soon. Love, Trisha Pittman Hotz

Condolence from Dianne Stewart-Cumalander on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

I am deeply saddened by the loss of Wes. May God surround you with his love and give you the strength and comfort to endure this incredible loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Mary Kay Pendergraph on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Marsha, Skylar and Summer,

I’m not sure words can express the deep sense of loss I feel at the passing of Wes. He was such a smart, fun-loving friend. He always left you feeling better than he found you. His name alone makes me smile, because I immediately think of so many funny things he said or did through the 25 years we were friends. I just can’t imagine the loss you must feel and I pray that God will surround you with love and peace. My thoughts are with you. I am crushed that he isn’t here to make this world a better place. One things we know….he loved life and he lived it to the fullest and for that and his friendship, I am grateful. Much love to you all.

Condolence from Saundra Smith on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Marsha, My memories of Wes include his great smile & that he was such a nice guy. From everything I have read here, he was that & so much more. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. May God give you comfort & peace.
Blessings,
Saundra Park Smith
Class of 1968 RHS

Condolence from Wanda G. Smith on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

I am so sorry to hear of Wes’s untimely death. I am so glad that I was able to see both of you at our last reunion. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Donna Uguccioni on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

My heart goes out to your family, along with my thoughts, prayers and best wishes.

Wes was a wonderful man who was always there with a smile, a joke and lots of support.

Condolence from Nancy Harris on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

Dr. Covington and Family, I have just learned of the death of Wes. Please know my prayers are with each of you on this journey. Dr. Covington, you were there for me when our son died, know I’m there with you now. Love to you all, Nancy S. Harris

Condolence from Paula Cutts & Family on February 5th, 2010 12:00 am

I knew Wes through the work he did for my father and my dear friend Shirley Pate. Wes was a great person and helped people in anyway that he could he will truly be missed. No words can express how sorry we are but know that God is always with you just lean on him and remember the good times, and he is always in your heart !

Condolence from Terri Ippolito on February 6th, 2010 12:00 am

Dear Cullen and Covington Family,
I pray God will grant you all peace and strength in this difficult time. Cullen, please know you have many prayers and lots of love from all of your friends in Asheville.

Condolence from Douglas Mcgehee on February 6th, 2010 12:00 am

I am so sorry for your loss,Wes and I picked at each other about Duke and UNC. We always tried to figure out what color the Eno bridge should
be.He carried a smile with him every day. He will be truly missed.

Condolence from Theron Miller on February 6th, 2010 12:00 am

Thinking of you Marsha…

Condolence from Monica Moore on February 6th, 2010 12:00 am

I am sorry to hear of the loss of Wes, he was such an asset to anyone’s live he touched. He and my brother, Mike Eddy were best of friends and he respected and cared very much for Wes. I had business dealings with him myself and found him to be a very gracious and loving person, he will be missed!
Please accept my sympathy for your loss and know that the Lord will help you get through this difficult time.

Condolence from Don and Monique Eddy on February 6th, 2010 12:00 am

Wes was the mentor and best friend of our son, Mike Eddy, and he will be terribly missed by our entire family. Condolences and best wishes.

Condolence from Ben P. Powell, Jr on February 6th, 2010 12:00 am

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Wes. Since we graduated from high school, I have only had the opportunity to see Wes at class reunions. It was always good to see him and Marsha. In high school, Wes was always such a genuinely nice guy. We will all miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with all of tje family.

Condolence from Karen Hicks on February 6th, 2010 12:00 am

Marsha, I am so sorry. My heart goes out to the whole family. I pray for you all daily. I am thankful I knew Wes and was touched by his generosity shown towards me and others. Praying daily…Karen

Condolence from Ginger & Henry Hawkins on February 6th, 2010 12:00 am

Words cannot express our sadness at this time–there are no words big enough to express our love & respect for such a wonderful man. We know God is with us all & our prayers are with this family always. Wes was a friend we will cherish & miss forever! God Bless the Covington Family!

Condolence from Bob Bechtold, Judy Brunso-Bechtold on February 6th, 2010 12:00 am

Marsha and family, we will always remember what a positive influence Wes was on our lives. He will always be a great friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bob and Judy

Condolence from Chester & Elizabeth Evans on February 6th, 2010 12:00 am

Marsha, please accept our heartfelt condolances. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless and keep you all, Chester and Liz Evans

Condolence from Apriil Twine on February 6th, 2010 12:00 am

Marsha, I will be praying for you and your family thru this time of loss. Wes will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Mary Hall on February 6th, 2010 12:00 am

Wes was a wonderful man & a Great friend he represented me and my daughter Patty since 1993 and we have been close with him ever since. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Covington family.
Mary & Patty Hall

Condolence from Neal Hunter on February 6th, 2010 12:00 am

To the Covington Family,

You have my heartfelt sympathy during this most difficult time. Like others have expressed, I got to know Wes through his law practice but that simple representation was the start of a friendship in which we helped each other as if we had been lifelong friends. He was loyal in his defense of his clients and friends while at the same time so generous in his ability to help through his network of contacts. His sense of humor would brighten my day and it only took a creative voicemail. He helped so many and will be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Bob Christy on February 7th, 2010 12:00 am

Marsha,

I was so sorry to hear about Wes. He truly was a loyal and fierce friend. From our first days at NCCU Wes was there for me and others. He was and is a great friend. You are in my prayers. I thank God for having the opportunity to have known Wes.

Condolence from Virginia Blalock Morman And Charles H. Morman on February 7th, 2010 12:00 am

I have known Wes since his father came back to Rockingham to practice medicine. I did see him often,and he will be missed by many. Our thoughts are with the family. Virginia Blalock Morman,RN

Condolence from Mike and Kathy Durden Ingram on February 7th, 2010 12:00 am

We were saddened to learn that Wes had passed away. We will always remember with fondness his spirit and enthusiasm, both on the basketball court at RHS and in his interaction with family and friends. He touched many lives, and will be missed.

Marsha, you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Alicia Wall-Bartoldus on February 8th, 2010 12:00 am

Marsha… I am so sorry to hear about Wes. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know. I think of you fondly, and will never forget your friendship during my student teaching time with you… Love,
Alicia

Condolence from Wanda Stafford on February 8th, 2010 12:00 am

Marsha,

Every since we learned of the passing of Wes, emails have been flying back and forth seeking information about Wes and about you.

That in itself is a testimony to how much Wes was loved and how much everyone cares about you. What a legacy Wes has left behind.

As a class we are here to support you and your family in any way we can. Just let us know if you need anything.

Love,

Wanda Atkinson Stafford

Condolence from Rachel Brothers Davis on February 9th, 2010 12:00 am

Dr. Bud, Marsha, so sad to hear of The death of Wes, I so remember the death of John. What a dear friend he is, Many memories of Wes , to a wonderful family may God Bless you in this time. our prayers are with you. With Love Rachel Brothers Davis

Condolence from william slebos on February 16th, 2010 12:00 am

Marsha,

I was shocked and dismayed to learn of Wes’s death. He was a wonderful and professional representative for my family for many years.

I offer the quotation below which touched me deeply in the recent death of my sister.

“Somebody dies …. and you are touched with a dozen quick and recent memories: the sweetness of last evening, the uselessness of a mean word or an undone promise. It could be you, with all those untidy memories of recent days never to be straightened out. There’s a shiver in the sunlight, touching the warmth of life that you’ve been reminded that you hold only for a moment.”
Harry Reasoner on the death of Ernie Kovacs

My very best to you and yor family,
William Slebos

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