Don­ald K. Cov­ing­ton Jr.

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May 28, 1920 – Nov. 17,

2018

Don­ald K. Cov­ing­ton Jr.,

98, a vet­eran avi­a­tion pi­o­neer, de­parted on his fi­nal flight on Nov. 17, 2018. Born in New­port News, Va., to Don­ald K. Cov­ing­ton Sr. and Jessie Mcneil Cov­ing­ton.

He at­tended Fish­burne Mil­i­tary Academy and Parks Air Col­lege, where he ob­tained a de­gree in aero­nau­ti­cal en­gi­neer­ing. While en­rolled at Parks in St. Louis, he met his wife of

72 years, Vir­ginia Seay Cov­ing­ton. Fol­low­ing ser­vice in the Army Air Corps dur­ing World War II, he re­turned to the Mar­tin Com­pany in Bal­ti­more, Md., as a flight test en­gi­neer. His work there in­volved test and devel­op­ment of both mil­i­tary and civil­ian air­craft.

After leav­ing Mar­tin, he con­tin­ued to fly as a pri­vate pi­lot, in­clud­ing du­ties as the com­pany pi­lot at his fam­ily’s busi­ness, the Har­bor Sales Com­pany. His ex­pe­ri­ence as sales man­ager for Har­bor Sales Com­pany pro­pelled him into lead­er­ship po­si­tions with Sales and Mar­ket­ing In­ter­na­tional, a trade or­ga­ni­za­tion where he even­tu­ally be­came a re­gional di­rec­tor. A 32nd De­gree Ma­son, he was at one time a mem­ber of the Grand Lodge of Mary­land.

Fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of his fa­ther, he be­came pres­i­dent of Har­bor Sales Com­pany and led the com­pany for a pe­riod of 30 years.

He is sur­vived by a sis­ter, Dorothy Cov­ing­ton Welzel; two sons, Cap­tain Don­ald K. Cov­ing­ton III, U.S. Navy (re­tired), Dun­can Cov­ing­ton; five grand­chil­dren; and eight great-grand­chil­dren. No ser vices are planned. Me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions are sug­gested to Lovely Lane Methodist Church.

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