Covington, George

George Leland Covington Jr., 79, of Lebanon, Ill., formerly of Festus, died June 21, 2020, at Cedar Ridge Nursing Center in Lebanon. Mr. Covington served as an interfaith pastor and had also taught at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Crystal City. He dedicated his life and education to helping others. Born June 20, 1941, in Festus, he was the son of the late Wanda Lee (O’Neal) and George Leland Covington Sr.

He is survived by a sister: Betty (the late Paul) Ferguson of Festus; a brother: William “Bill” (Catherine “Casey”) Covington of Oakville; special friend and caregiver Cathy Maldonago of Belleville, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by two sisters: Doris Covington and Dorothy Covington; and a great-niece: Brooke Covington.

A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, July 11, at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens in Crystal City. Arrangements are under the direction of Vinyard Funeral Home in Festus.

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