Clarissa Davis

Sympathy to Clarissa in the death of her grandmother, Louise Covington on November 1, 2017.

A Time to be Born

Mrs. Louise Covington was born in Marlboro County, the daughter of the late Deacon Milton and Irene Williams Moore.

This legacy produced sixteen (16) children of whom all preceded Mrs. Louise in death. They were Willie (Hattie), Jeff (Annie), Harry (Viola), Alex (Mable), Adolphus “Sonny Boy” (Flora), Nathaniel (Mandy), Maggie Bell Moore, Mildred (Leon) Arnold, Margie Ree (Felton) Washington, Margie Lee (Sam) Hooks, Irene (Fred) Williams, Mary (JD) Legette, and Channie (Leon) Quick.

A Time to Live

Mrs. Louise was educated in the public schools of Marlboro County. She married her childhood friend Thomas Covington in 1938, in Marlboro County. From this union six (6) children were born: the late Thomas Covington Jr., Helen Marshall of NYC, the late Annette (longtime friend Ernest) Covington of NYC, Dr. Vera (the late Charles Henry) Davis of Hartsville SC, the late Flora Mae (Bishop Joe L.) Robinson of Hartsville SC, and Mary “Lib” Davis of Hartsville SC, and raised one other, Delores “Lil Lisa” Ross of VA. One other sister Elouise Ross of NYC. They also had 16 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, and a host of great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. Mrs. Louise Covington was a loving mother and grandmother, a caring, courageous, and strong individual. She raised her children to be the same, to look out for each other and to help others in need.

In 1947 they moved to Lydia, SC where Mrs. Louise joined the Mt. Tema Baptist Church under the guidance of first Reverend Young and then after his death the Right Reverend Reed. She was a member of the Missionary and Usher boards.

Mrs. Louise became an employee of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Mims of Lydia, SC from 1952 until she retired in 1969 and moved to New York City. She received the Holy Ghost in her latter years at the age of 72. She then joined Nazareth Apostolic Church in Jesus Christ Inc where she was baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ by the Pastor Dr. Vera M. Davis.

Blessed with an abundance of love Mrs. Louise opened her home to many families where she provided love and security for as long as they needed a place to call home. Mrs. Louise was known as a person with a dry wit, fun loving, and always wanting those around her to have a good time. She loved to feed people and no one ever left her home feeling hungry.

A Time to Die

Mrs. Louise Covington became deathly ill in November 1999 at which time the doctors gave her six months to live. But only God knows when it is our time to die. To God be the Glory – Mrs. Louise lived an additional 17 years longer than the Doctor’s prediction. She had many loving caregivers over the years, including Mary, Lena, Jackie, Maribel Mena, Ms. Dixon, and a special caregiver Millicent Pierce. Millicent adopted and cared for Mrs. Louise as her own mother and promised to care for her until either she or Mrs. Louise passed away. The Lord called Mrs. Louise home on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. She passed away at the home of her eldest daughter, Helen Marshall, with Millicent in attendance.

Mrs. Louise lived a long and fruitful life caring deeply for her children, friends, and family. In the end when she could no longer take care of herself her children Flora, Vera, and Lib stepped in the gap and cared for her just as she cared for them. Her daughter Helen Marshall is to be recognized and especially commended. When there was a need for Mrs. Louise to go into a nursing home, Helen took Mrs. Louise in her home instead and dedicated her life to caring for Mrs. Louise until her death.