Hattie Lou Covington (nee Sims), the first of two children of Amey Oliver Sims and (the late) Furman (“Pete”) Sims, was born on April 2, 1938 in Laurens County, South Carolina. There, she received her education in her early years before coming to New York for High School. Hattie attended and graduated from Girls High School (Brooklyn) in June 1956.
Directly after high school, Hattie initiated her career at the New York Telephone Company and stayed with them for forty-four years, retiring on the day the Company became Verizon.
She met the love of her life, and married Gilbert Rodney Covington, Sr. in September 1959. He preceded her in death in 1975. Two children were born from this union.
For sixty years, Hattie was a faithful and dedicated worker in the Order of the Eastern Star. She loved her sisters and brothers, and they loved her. Hattie was a member of Smyrna Chapter 73.
Hattie was an advocate in her neighborhood community. She believed in service. She was also a dedicated member of the Church of Evangel for many decades, serving as a Trustee, Deacon, and on the Church Council. She lived her life by deed and practice. She spoon-fed her children love and all the nutrients to build a strong foundation, thus creating The Tribe of Hattie.
On Tuesday, April 2, 2019 (her 81st birthday), Hattie departed this life. She leaves to mourn and cherish her memory, her two children: Gilbert Rodney Covington, Jr. (and his wife Darlene Massey Covington) and Cheryl Lynn Covington. Hattie is also remarkably survived by her 100-year-old mother Amey Sims; her brother Howard; several grandchildren: Jonay, Samori, Toya, Tiffany, Michelle and Rashaun; great-grandchildren, one nephew Todd; her favorite cousin Charles Oliver; and many other cousins and close friends.