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Wilma Beeson Covington
Funeral Services will be Friday, June 1, 2018

(06/26/18 Insider Obituary Archives) - Wilma Beeson Covington was born May 21, 1922 at Buffalo Flat, Hall County Texas to Bob Beeson and Mary Lou (Daniel ) Beeson. She was a child during the Great Depression. Her mother was widowed when Wilma was nine years of age. She attended Turkey schools graduating in 1941. She served as head cheerleader while in high school. Wilma was baptized into Christ while in high school by evangelist Paul S. Knight.

She married Tullie Covington December 13, 1941. They moved to Dimmitt where Layton and Clayton were born later in 1942. During WWII the couple transported housing for the U.S. Army since Tullie had been given a 4F draft classification because of a bad foot injury he had suffered as a teenager.

Daughter Tomie was born in Memphis, Texas in 1946. The couple then moved to Hereford where they owned and operated Covington Sand and Gravel. Upon receiving an opportunity to farm, they moved to the North Spade /Hart Camp area in 1951. They operated the community store at North Spade for awhile. Wilma and Tullie hosted approximately 40 evangelists in their home over the years who were holding Gospel Meetings at Hart's Camp Church of Christ and also Northside Church of Christ in Olton, and Highway Church of Christ in Littlefield. They farmed many years until they retired and moved to Olton in 1976. He then worked part time at Olton Feedyards as a night watchman.

Wilma and Tullie stayed part time at their property at Lake Brownwood where she was an active member of Brownwood Art Guild and Brownwood Home Demonstration club. They enjoyed fishing with friends at Port Isabel and Guaymous Mexico during their retirement years.

Wilma was always a "people person ", until her health began to fail so badly. She was devoted to her family and felt they were the "cream of the crop". Her hospice caretakers loved her because she was entertaining them until she no longer could. Hers was a life filled with a joy for living and she was Irish for sure. Through everything there she thought there was certainly more good than bad and she taught her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren what is really valuable in life: a good name and a good conscience before God.

Wilma is survived by a daughter, Tomie Struve and husband Robert of Olton; a sister, Betty Wynn of Amarillo; five grandchildren, Kristi Downey and husband Todd, Shelli Lawson and husband Leonard, Karrie Hayes and husband Guy, Tullie Struve and wife Valerie, and Kori Hendricks and husband Aaron; and eleven great grandchildren, Kamber Hayes, Dylan Hayes and fiancée Mady Bradshaw, Shalin Pinkerton and husband Sadler, Will Lawson, Ty Struve, Aspen Struve, Adrienne Struve, Timothy Struve, Brandon Downey, Austin Hendricks, and Kaylee Hendricks. She was preceded in death by her husband Tullie Covington; two sons, Clayton and Layton Covington; her parents; and eleven brothers and sisters.

Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 1, 2018 at Olton Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Tullie Struve, Sadler Pinkerton, Dylan Hayes, Ty Struve, Guy Hayes, and Kody Carson. Honorary pallbearers will be Will Lawson, Timothy Struve, Shalin Pinkerton, Aspen Struve, Adrienne Struve, and Kamber Hayes. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Olton Cemetery Association, Church of Christ of India/Belize, and Hospice. Arrangements are under the personal direction of Ramage Funeral Directors in Olton.

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