Covington History Generations Report
Descendents JEWELL COVINGTON. Ref:10310. Born: 23 Apr 1895 at Alvord TX Compiled 18/06/2020
JEWELL COVINGTON. Ref: 10310. Born: 23 Apr 1895 at Alvord TX. Father: not known, Father Ref: 0. Mother: not known, Mother Ref: 0. Mar: 3 Jun 1918 at
Tom Green TX to Gillilland, Mary Katherin 10589. Died: 13 Jan 1967 at San Angelo TX aged 72.
JERRY. Ref: 10309. Born 20 Jul 1921 at Burkburnett TX. Mother: Gillilland, Mary Katherin, Ref: 10589
MARY JUNE. Ref: 16901. Born 5 Feb 1923 at Burkburnett TX. Mother: Gillilland, Mary Katherin, Ref: 10589
MARY JUNE. Ref: 16905. Born around 1925 at Texas TX. Mother: Gillilland, Mary Katherin, Ref: 10589
JAY C. Ref: 9945. Born Oct 1930 at Tom Green TX. Mother: Gillilland, Mary Katherin, Ref: 10589
JERRY COVINGTON. Ref: 10309. Born: 20 Jul 1921 at Burkburnett TX. Father: Jewell, Father Ref: 10310. Mother: Gillilland, Mary Katherin, Mother Ref:
10589. Mar: around 1943 at Travis TX to Broussard, Doris Eloise 10542. Died: 6 Mar 2005 at Midland TX aged 83. Fort Stockton Funeral Home Obituary
"Abilene - Longtime Midland resident Jerry Covington, 83, died Sunday, March 6, 2005, in Midland Memorial Hospital after a long battle with cancer.
He was born on July 20, 1921, in Burkburnett, Texas, and raised in San Angelo, where he graduated from San Angelo Central High School in 1938. He
attended San Angelo Junior College until 1940, transferring to the University of Texas and graduating in 1942 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology.
Participating in the V-7 program, he earned a reserve commission in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Kretchmer in the Atlantic and the USS Petrof Bay
in the Pacific. On July 8, 1943, while attending Aircraft Recognition School in Columbus, Ohio, he married Eloise Broussard of Center Point, Texas.
After leaving the Navy in 1945, Jerry went to work as a geologist for the Humble Oil Company. He and Eloise moved to Roswell, N.M. where his first
assignment was to map the Sacramento Mountains with his field partner, Roy Huffington. After a short stint in Van Horn, Texas, he and Eloise moved to
Midland in 1949. Jerry became an independent oilman in 1952, and established a family company, COV Inc., in 1976. He remained as CEO of COV Inc. until
2004. His children Renee, Gary and Lisa carry on his legacy running the company.
Inside Jerry there must have been a drummer trying to break free, as his rhythmic gifts manifested themselves in many ways. One son is an internationally-
known professional percussionist/keyboardist and another is an accomplished professional guitarist, and together, they have many albums to their credit.
Jerry's arresting dance style was born of the Swing Era. His lifelong partner, Eloise, the only one who could follow his lead, played Ginger to his Fred Astaire.
Jerry and Eloise also loved to travel, and they often combined their passion for dance and travel by going on dance cruises. Jerry may not have known the
boat's itinerary, but was always certain about the quality of the dance floor and the names of the featured bands. Midlanders and international travelers alike
still remember and admire the fast footwork and Latin moves that Jerry and Eloise displayed on the dance floor.
Jerry was a lifelong member of the Midland YMCA and an avid handball player. In his trademark floppy hat, he was a fixture speed-walking around the outdoor
Jerry and Eloise were founding members of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in the early '50s, and then were active for years in Trinity Presbyterian Church,
where Jerry was a deacon and elder and sang tenor in the choir. Finally, Jerry and Eloise joined First Presbyterian Church of Midland, where both sang in the
Jerry was especially proud of performing twice in the Duke Ellington Sacred Concerts, one of which featured sons Kyle and Kirk on guitar and drums.
Generous with the gifts God had given him, he was a benefactor not only to his children, his grandchildren, and his churches, but to Schreiner Institute in
Kerrville, Texas, where he served on the board and funded a scholarship.
Jerry lived his life in service to Christ our Lord, and honored Him with every aspect of his life. He was a man of honesty, integrity and hard work, making him
loved and respected by all who were blessed enough to have known him.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Jewell and Mary
Covington of San Angelo.
He is survived by his loving wife Eloise; two brothers, John
Covington of Lubbock, Texas, and Jay Covington of Cedar Hill, Texas; and one sister, June Williams of Hallsville, Texas. He is also survived by his five
children, Renee Brunson, Gary Covington, and Lisa Graham and husband Alan of Midland, Kyle Covington and wife Shelia of Nashville, Tenn., and Kirk
Covington of Burbank, Calif. He lived to know 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at Ellis Funeral Home. Funeral service has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday,
March 9, at First Presbyterian Church of Midland with the Rev. Steven Schorr officiating. Interment will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park.
Honorary pallbearers are Gary, Kirk and Kyle Covington, Alan Graham, Aaron Close, Scott Noyes, Victor Brown, Laddie Long and Jim Rhotenberry."
RENEE JUANA. Ref: 9859. Born 16 Aug 1944 at Travis TX. Mother: Broussard, Doris Eloise, Ref: 10542
BRUCE KYLE. Ref: 9858. Born 13 Dec 1949 at Tom Green TX. Mother: Broussard, Doris Eloise, Ref: 10542
KIRK LEIGH. Ref: 5791. Born around 1950 at Midland TX. Mother: Broussard, Doris Eloise, Ref: 10542
GARY NEIL. Ref: 16898. Born around 1952 at Texas TX. Mother: Broussard, Doris Eloise, Ref: 10542
LISA DALE. Ref: 16899. Born around 1954 at Texas TX. Mother: Broussard, Doris Eloise, Ref: 10542
MARY JUNE COVINGTON. Ref: 16901. Born: 5 Feb 1923 at Burkburnett TX. Father: Jewell, Father Ref: 10310. Mother: Gillilland, Mary Katherin, Mother Ref:
10589. Mar: around 1945 at Texas TX to Williams, Claude E . Died: 14 Aug 2009 at Longview TX aged 86. Known as June. Obituary Published in Longview
News-Journal on August 18, 2009 "Graveside services for June Covington Williams, 86, of Harrison County, died August 14, 2009, in Longview, Texas, will be
held at Alpine Cemetery on Wednesday August 19, 2009, at 11a.m. with the Rev. Richard Hollingsworth officiating. Burial will follow in Alpine Cemetery under
the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Longview.
Mrs. Williams was born February 5, 1923, in Burkburnett, Texas, to Mary Gilliland Covington and Jewell Covington. The family moved to San Angelo in 1926
and she lived there until January 1972 when she and her husband, Claude E. Williams, moved to Longview. They built a home on the Harrison County Farm
where Claude was born and raised, and moved there in June 1972.
A graduate of High School and Junior College in San Angelo, she later attended The University of Texas at Austin. She was a member of the Alpine
Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of various committees and belonged to the Afternoon Club. Until her retirement, she was a newspaper
reporter in San Angelo, an Airline Hostess with the Pioneer Airlines based in Houston, and had various secretarial jobs.
Mrs. Williams is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Ivan Gully of Calliham; her son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Becky Cope of Anna; her
son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Irene Williams of Longview; one granddaughter and her husband, Amy and Cody Kemp of San Antonio; one grandson and
his wife, David and Lisa Williams of Bakersfield, California; three great-granddaughters, Bridget Carter of Austin, Ashley Williams of San Antonio, and Zoe
Kemp of San Antonio; two great-grandsons, Max Kemp of San Antonio, and Jackson Williams of Bakersfield, California; and one brother and sister-in-law,
Jay and Tina Covington.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude E. Williams; and two grandsons, Max Carter III and Paul Williams."
MARY JUNE COVINGTON. Ref: 16905. Born: around 1925 at Texas TX. Father: Jewell, Father Ref: 10310. Mother: Gillilland, Mary Katherin, Mother Ref:
10589. Mar: around 1947 at Texas TX to Cope, R T . Had 2 children, Mary Katherine & Terry Lee Cope. Later married Claude E. Williams, date not known.
JAY C COVINGTON. Ref: 9945. Born: Oct 1930 at Tom Green TX. Father: Jewell, Father Ref: 10310. Mother: Gillilland, Mary Katherin, Mother Ref: 10589.
Mar: around 1952 at Texas TX to Etheridge, Ernestine 16906.
RENEE JUANA COVINGTON. Ref: 9859. Born: 16 Aug 1944 at Travis TX. Father: Jerry, Father Ref: 10309. Mother: Broussard, Doris Eloise, Mother Ref:
10542. Mar: around 1966 at Texas TX to Brunson, William . Had 2 daughters Stephanie Erin & Effie Suzanna Brunson. Runs family business Cov Inc, Oil
company in Midland TX with brother & sister.
BRUCE KYLE COVINGTON. Ref: 9858. Born: 13 Dec 1949 at Tom Green TX. Father: Jerry, Father Ref: 10309. Mother: Broussard, Doris Eloise, Mother Ref:
10542. Mar: around 1971 at Texas TX to Sheila 16897. Known as Kyle.. At time of father's death in 2006 was living in Nashville TN.
KIRK LEIGH COVINGTON. Ref: 5791. Born: around 1950 at Midland TX. Father: Jerry, Father Ref: 10309. Mother: Broussard, Doris Eloise, Mother Ref:
10542. Kirk Covington Biography by Mike Haid - Kirk Covington has become recognized as one of the most versatile and dynamic drummers in the world. He
is the "Wild Man From Texas" that jazz fusion audiences all over the world are talking about. His energy is infinite and his crowd pleasing personality and
vocal ability have been a driving force in the success of the world renowned jazz fusion group Tribal Tech featuring guitarist Scott Henderson, bassist Gary
Willis and keyboardist Scott Kinsey.
Coming from a musical family in Midland Texas, and being the youngest of five children, Kirk was encouraged to begin playing drums at age seven by his
brother Kyle (who is now in demand as a guitarist in the Nashville scene). By age twelve, Covington was a full time 'garage band junkie'. "Kyle made me play
'Wipeout' for the older guys all the time, which probably explains my penchant for playing single strokes, or what I call blender fills".
Encouraged by his grandmother to play piano in his elementary years, Covington opted for sports instead and decided to stick to the drums, leaving the piano
behind until his senior year of high school.
At age fifteen, Kirk was borrowing the family truck, and hauling his drum kit to rock 'n' roll and country gigs around the Midland, Texas region. "By virtue of my
age, I was heavily influenced by sixties and seventies rock and was also introduced to jazz through my parents love of swing and big band. In those days you
also had to sing if you wanted to land the really good gigs".
With little formal training, Covington entered the internationally renowned North Texas State University jazz program. He eventually landed the drum chair in the
infamous Two O'clock Lab Band, a position that would also create many musical relationships with now famous players, including a young bassist named Gary
After college, Covington and Willis continued to work together in Condor , one of the most popular jazz fusion bands in the region. Condor released an album
in 1981 on Inner City Records that spent 4 weeks at #2 on the European Melody Maker Jazz charts. Several notable drummers followed in Covington's
footsteps in Condor, including Greg Bissonette and Mike Baker. By this time Kirk had developed a naturally powerful and very soulful vocal style that,
combined with his ever growing skills as a drummer and keyboardist, quickly made him one of the most sought after players in the Dallas area. Being a
vocalist, keyboardist, songwriter and drummer have also led to several national promotional spots, writing and performing corporate jingles and radio, TV
Encouraged by the success that bassist Gary Willis and other North Texas musical associates found in relocating to Los Angeles, Covington decided it was
time to pack up his family and make the big move. It was Covington's strong keyboard and vocal abilities that secured steady work for him in the first critical
months. "Singing was really an unintentional thing for me" says Covington. "I've always been able to use it for its work value, but more and more I'm able to
enjoy it as another avenue of musical expression".
In the spring of 1991, the jazz fusion band Tribal Tech began a search for a new drummer. They needed a player whose technique was as flawless as their
own; a visionary player who could help carry Tribal Tech into the next decade. The search ended with Willis's old Texas friend Covington.
Covington's success in Tribal Tech has propelled him into the spotlight as the animated backbone of 'Tribal' shows world wide. His inventive drumming has
been captured on the last three 'Tribal' releases on Mesa / Bluemoon Records, Illicit ('92), Face First ('93), and Reality Check ('95). A new Tribal Tech release
is scheduled for summer '98 with a tour to follow.
Guitarist Scott Henderson has also recruited Covington onto his solo recording efforts. Henderson's Dog Party CD, released in '94, featured Covington on
drums and also unleashed Kirk's vocal talents on seven tunes. Dog Party is Henderson's most successful recording to date, and was voted Best Blues Record
of the Year by Guitar Player Magazine (Jan. '95 issue) even receiving more votes than B.B. King's Blues Summit. Covington can be heard locking down the
groove on Henderson's most recent burning blues release Tore Down House on Mesa / Bluemoon released in April '97.
Covington's successful endeavors with Tribal Tech have led him to the calling of another of the 20th century's greatest guitar virtuosos, Allan Holdsworth.
Holdsworth enlisted Covington, Gary Willis (bass) and pianist Gordon Beck for his most recent release titled None Too Soon . Modern Drummer Magazine
Aug. '96 issue features A Different View with Holdsworth, in which Holdsworth speaks highly of Covington, commenting "I would really look forward to playing
with him (Covington) in a context that is outside the one we just did" (which is straight ahead modern bebop). "I would love to have a chance to play with him on
my own music".
Covington headlined the 1995 Montreal Drum Festival in which his inspiring performance with keyboardist Scott Kinsey and bassist Gary Willis brought the
enthusiastic crowd to their feet. Modern Drummers May 96 issue exclaims, "The entire Drum Fest was brought to a dynamic conclusion with the performance
the Kirk Covington trio". The Montreal Drum Fest was recorded and is available on CD. Covington's drum solo opens the CD followed by the Scott Kinsey
composition "Foreign Affairs" which was first recorded on the Tribal Tech "Reality Check" album.
A 10 page feature story on Kirk can be found in the November '96 issue of Modern Drummer magazine with Bill Milkowski discussing Kirk's past, present and
future ambitions along with his many prolific accomplishments.
Eclipsing all that Kirk Covington has achieved will be his much anticipated solo release which will feature the talents of guitarist Allan Holdsworth , bassists
Gary Willis , as well as David Carpenter. Covington will incorporate his drumming, vocal and keyboard talents into a variety of musical styles that will be sure to
astonish many of the followers of this"Wild Man From Texas".
Kirk Covington is currently endorsing Zildjian Cymbals/Sticks, Yamaha Drums and Attack Heads.
Appears on the Scott Henderson album - Dog Party. "Dog Party features Scott Henderson going back to his bluesy roots on this doggone concept record.
Dog Party also features the vocal and drum talents of Kirk Covington, and a guest guitar solo by T.J. Helmerich. Jazz, total running time, 55:49" - Produced by:
Scott Henderson, © 1994 Mesa Records
R2 79073. TRACK LISTING - Hole Diggin', Fence Climbin' Blues, Dog Party, Same As You, Milk Bone, Hell Bent Pup, Hound Dog, Dog Walk, Smelly Ol' Dog
Blues, Too Many Gittars.
Wikipedia reports: Kirk Covington is a drummer best-known for his work with the jazz fusion group Tribal Tech. Born in Midland, Texas, he attended the highly-
regarded North Texas State University College of Music where he met bassist Gary Willis, with whom he later joined Tribal Tech. Covington has also
performed or recorded with other noted musicians including Joe Zawinul, Robben Ford, Allan Holdsworth, Scott Henderson, and John Humphrey.
Between 1998 and 2006 Covington toured with Scott Henderson and bass player John Humphrey as a trio. In 2003 they recorded Well To The Bone, as well
as a live album in 2005. Covington continues to play with former Tribal Tech partner Scott Kinsey, is a member of the group Volto! Where he also plays
keyboards, and in 2008 formed his own trio, "Cpt Kirk", with keyboardist Scott Tibbs and bassist Rufus Philpot.
At time of his father's death in 2006 he was living in Burbank CA.
GARY NEIL COVINGTON. Ref: 16898. Born: around 1952 at Texas TX. Father: Jerry, Father Ref: 10309. Mother: Broussard, Doris Eloise, Mother Ref:
10542. Mar: around 1975 at Texas TX to Askey, Pamela Jean 16903. Runs family business Cov Inc, Oil company in Midland TX with sisters.
DARCEY CAROLINE. Ref: 16904. Born around 1977 at Texas TX. Mother: Askey, Pamela Jean, Ref: 16903
LISA DALE COVINGTON. Ref: 16899. Born: around 1954 at Texas TX. Father: Jerry, Father Ref: 10309. Mother: Broussard, Doris Eloise, Mother Ref:
10542. Mar: around 1978 at Midland TX to Graham, Alan Willard . Had 2 children, Tara Michelle & Holly Claire Graham. Runs family business Cov Inc, Oil
company in Midland TX with brother & sister.
DARCEY CAROLINE COVINGTON. Ref: 16904. Born: around 1977 at Texas TX. Father: Gary Neil, Father Ref: 16898. Mother: Askey, Pamela Jean, Mother
Mary Katherine COVINGTON. Ref: 10589. Born: 18 Apr 1899 at Decatur TX. Father: Gillilland, John Portr, Father Ref: 0. Mother: Miller, Katherine, Mother Ref:
0. Mar: 3 Jun 1918 at Tom Green TX to Jewell 10310. Died: 15 Feb 1991 at Longview TX aged 92.
JOHN PORTER. Ref: 10322. Born around 1919 at U.S.A.. Mother: Gillilland, Mary Katherin, Ref: 10310
Doris Eloise COVINGTON. Ref: 10542. Born: around 1921 at Center Point TX. Father: Broussard, Father Ref: 0. Mother: not known, Mother Ref: 0. Mar:
around 1943 at Travis TX to Jerry 10309. Known as Eloise.
Ernestine COVINGTON. Ref: 16906. Born: around 1930 at U.S.A. Father: Etheridge, Father Ref: 0. Mother: not known, Mother Ref: 0. Mar: around 1952 at
Texas TX to Jay C 9945.
Sheila COVINGTON. Ref: 16897. Born: around 1949 at U.S.A. Father: not known, Father Ref: 0. Mother: not known, Mother Ref: 0. Mar: around 1971 at Texas
TX to Bruce Kyle 9858.
Pamela Jean COVINGTON. Ref: 16903. Born: around 1952 at U.S.A. Father: Askey, Father Ref: 0. Mother: not known, Mother Ref: 0. Mar: around 1975 at
Texas TX to Gary Neil 16898.