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OBITUARY: Thomas Jefferson Covington

Thomas Jefferson Covington, a dedicated individual who devoted over 40 years of his life to the Richmond County Bank and United Carolina Bank, peacefully passed away on June 17, 2024, surrounded by his loving family during his final moments.

Born on Nov. 24, 1933, in Richmond County, North Carolina, to William Jefferson and Mattie French Allred Covington.

Thomas led a fulfilling life that touched the hearts of many. His career in the banking industry spanned several decades before he retired at the age of 59. Not only was he known for his professionalism and work ethic, but also his strong character and integrity along with his love for his family.

During the Korean War, Thomas honorably served as a sergeant in the Army’s finance corp and was stationed in Japan. His dedication to his country mirrored his commitment to his family and community. After retirement, he found solace in gardening and spending time outdoors at his homeplace — passions that brought him immense joy for the next 30 years.

Thomas Jefferson Covington is preceded in death by his parents; and first wife, Shirley McFayden Covington. He is also reunited with his siblings Bob Covington, Sara Key and Ralph Covington.


Thomas leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories in the hearts of those he held dear. He is survived by his beloved spouse, Marion Smith Covington; children Thomas E. Covington (Belda) and Dianne Covington McGreevy (Chris); stepchildren Richard Smith (Jane) and Branson Smith; grandchildren Lauren McGreevy Nisbett (Ted) and Katherine Grace McGreevy (Diego); great-grandchildren Rose Covington Nisbett, Teddy Christopher Nisbett and Jack Walton Nisbett.

A visitation will be held on June 21, 2024, from 10-10:45 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church Ellerbe located at 133 Ballard St., Ellerbe, North Carolina, with the Rev. James Watson officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Carmel Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

In honoring Thomas Jefferson Covington’s life, let us remember the profound impact he had on all who had the privilege of knowing him. May his kindness and warmth continue to inspire us all as we cherish the memories shared with such a remarkable individual.

The family asks that memorials be made to Richmond County Hospice, 119 N U.S. Hwy 1, Rockingham, North Carolina 28379; or First Presbyterian Church of Ellerbe, P.O. Box 116, Ellerbe, North Carolina 28338