May 28, 1920 – Nov. 17, 2018

Donald K. Covington Jr., 98, a veteran aviation pioneer, departed on his final flight on Nov. 17, 2018. Born in Newport News, Va., to Donald K. Covington Sr. and Jessie McNeil Covington.

He attended Fishburne Military Academy and Parks Air College, where he obtained a degree in aeronautical engineering. While enrolled at Parks in St. Louis, he met his wife of 72 years, Virginia Seay Covington. Following service in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he returned to the Martin Company in Baltimore, Md., as a flight test engineer. His work there involved test and development of both military and civilian aircraft.

After leaving Martin, he continued to fly as a private pilot, including duties as the company pilot at his family’s business, the Harbor Sales Company. His experience as sales manager for Harbor Sales Company propelled him into leadership positions with Sales and Marketing International, a trade organization where he eventually became a regional director. A 32nd Degree Mason, he was at one time a member of the Grand Lodge of Maryland.

Following the retirement of his father, he became president of Harbor Sales Company and led the company for a period of 30 years.

He is survived by a sister, Dorothy Covington Welzel; two sons, Captain Donald K. Covington III, U.S. Navy (retired), Duncan Covington; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

No services are planned.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Lovely Lane Methodist Church.

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