Linda Covington, 65

Linda Poe Covington, 65, of Blue Springs died peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness.

Linda was born on Nov. 21, 1947, in New Albany to William F. “Dub” and Irene Gilliam Poe. She was a graduate of Potts Camp High School, and a long time member of Hopewell Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Blue Springs. Linda spent many years taking care of young people in the cafeterias of W.P. Daniel, Mattie Thompson Elementary School and New Haven School. She also helped build a family business with her husband, sisters and brother at BBC Packaging. She was known for her delicious home cooking, her caring nature and her photographic recall of everyone’s birthdays that always resulted in cards and e-cards with birthday wishes. “Nana” was always glad to read a book, play a game and give loving attention to her grandchildren, her great-nieces and nephews, and many other children over the years. Linda had a “servant’s heart,” and placed the needs of so many others before herself. It was a privilege for those who knew her, especially her husband and family, to be able to care for her in return during an extended battle with illness in the last decade of her life. Linda was never too busy to share a kind word or a sympathetic ear with anyone who crossed her path. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Visitation was from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at United Funeral Service chapel in New Albany with funeral service immediately following, per her request, at 2 p.m. Rev. Dan Hazen, Rev. Bill Everett and Bro. Daryl Weathers officiated.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, John J. Covington of Blue Springs; daughter, Amy (Hayes) McDonald of Franklin, Tenn.; son, Jeff (Amanda) Covington of Myrtle; three grandchildren, Alexandra McDonald, Jackson McDonald and Amelia Covington; two sisters, Bonnie (Terry) Berryhill of Cornersville and Regina (David) Browning of Pinedale; one brother, Larry (Kit) Poe of Collierville, Tenn.; many beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Dale Covington, Keith Covington, Jonathan Berryhill, Chris Poe, Craig Browning and Kevin Richardson. Interment will be at Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Blue Springs.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Operation Christmas Child or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.unitedfuneralservices.com.