|Birth: ||Feb. 13, 1917|
|Death: ||Feb. 8, 1989|
North Carolina, USA
Son of Lewis Emmett Covin and Anna Erline Jones Covin.
Husband of Frances Folkes Newton Covin.
Married 27 Nov 1941 in Atlanta GA.
Offspring of Lewis and Frances Covin:
William James Covin.
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Once Upon A Lifetime Vol No. 2
In and Near Baker County, Florida
By La Viece (Moore-Fraser) Smallwood
LEWIS E. COVIN, JR.
1958.....Citizen of the Month
For more than 12 years, Baker County citizen Lewis E. Covin Jr.
served as Director of the Polio Foundation for the county, and his
tireless service in behalf of that charity resulted in the donation of
thousands of dollars. He was featured as Citizen of the Month on
behalf of his charitable service with the March of Dimes.
Lewis Covin's life began February 13, 1917, in Columbia, Miss.
His parents were Lewis and Louise Covin, who named him Lewis Emmett,
Jr. His father was superintendent of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
until his retirement.
He began school in Birmingham, Ala., and graduated from high
school in Waycross, Ga. He attended Emory University at Oxford, Ga.
His working career began about the age of 12. He always liked the
idea of making his own living, particularly in the retail field, and
he supported himself through high school and college.
After finishing college, he worked for the Retail Credit Company
Lewis married the former Frances Folks Newton, from Waycross, on
November 27, 1941, in Atlanta. They had been friends for a long time.
Following their marriage, World War II began and Lewis served
stateside in San Antonio, Texas. He returned to Waycross, where their
first son, Charles Fleming, was born February 22, 1943.
Lewis Covin Sr. served with the rank of Colonel throughout Europe
during the war and participated in the invasion of North Africa and
When Lewis Jr. was discharged from the service, he returned to
Waycross, where he was associated with Butler Bros., a retail store.
In June 1946, he decided to look around for a promising town that
needed a business. He found Macclenny and believed there was growth
possibilities for a retail business. He liked the town immediately,
and after a very short time, made arrangements to purchase the Variety
Store from Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Holt. A few days later, Mrs. Covin joined
him and they rented their first apartment from Mrs. W.A. Dopson. Later
they bought a home from Hugh Griffin on College St., where thy lived
until 1953 when he built his beautiful and modern home on Highway 23.
The Covins have two sons, Charles Fleming, 16, who attends school
at Gordon Military College in Barnesville, Ga., where he rates as a
corporal; and Lewis Emmett (Lee), III who is in first grade in the
The Covins belong to the Methodist Church in Macclenny, Mr. Covin
is a Mason and belongs to the local lodge.
He plans to expand his business and grow with Macclenny.
He has already acquired a new business location. He believes that
encouraging high moral standards in a community is good economy.
He spends many hours of his busy life with his family. On most
Thursday afternoons and Sundays they enjoy being together and having
good wholesome fun as a family, which they consider very important.
They all enjoy horses as their hobby.
Other than his variety store, he has been in the Westinghouse
appliance business since 1957, where he has gained a very favorable
reputation for his firm and efficient service to our community!
Even though he leads such a busy life, he still finds the time to
volunteer his service each day for the Polio drive. Volunteer workers
know they can depend on him for any advice or help they need and
receive his guidance and assistance at anytime. The campaign is
well-respected in our county and a most gratifying thanks are
certainly in store for such a deserving citizen.
UPDATE: Frances Covin was born on June 15, 1908, in Waycross, Georgia
and became a resident at Heritage Nursing Facility in November 1991.
She is a member of the United Methodist Church.
Lewis Covin III and his wife Mary reside in Macclenny.
Lewis Emmett Covin, Jr. 1917-1989 buried in Woodlawn cemetery.
Lewis Emmett Covin (1891 - 1954)
Anna Earline Jones Beard Covin (1887 - 1919)
Frances Folks Newton Covin (1908 - 1998)
Infant William J. Covin (1950 - 1950)*
Lewis Emmett Covin (1917 - 1989)
Mildred Owen Covin Bell (1921 - 2007)**
William James Covin (1924 - 1929)**
Created by: E Lankford
Record added: Sep 11, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15701621