Gregory James Covington, age 59, passed away on October 22, 2018, following a several year battle with a rare type of cancer called GIST. Greg, a native of Pensacola, Florida, and a long time resident of Atlanta, Georgia, is survived by his wife, Jennifer (Uden) Covington, son, Alex Gregory Covington, twin daughters, Mary Caitlin Covington and Kelly Covington Davis and son in law Ryan Davis, his mother, Mavis Watson, sister, Sheron Covington Moshell and her husband Charlie Moshell, his nephews Chad and John Moshell and wife Jessica Moshell and their children Michela and Gavin, and his Aunt, Beth Wade. He is additionally survived by many beloved cousins, and our extended family of the most loyal best friends from both childhood and from our Morningview neighborhood community where our children have grown up for the past 20 years. He is preceded in death by his father, James Henry Covington. Greg, a CPA, served as Financial Director of Meggitt Training Systems in Suwanee, Ga. He also served as a committee member of the Meggitt-USA, Inc. 401(k) plan, and was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. As a child, Greg attended East Hill Christian Elementary, and graduated from Pensacola School of Liberal Arts Class of 1977. Greg attended Pensacola State College, the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and graduated from the University of West Florida with a BA in Accounting in 1981. Greg, a very dedicated professional, also loved spending time with his family. He was extremely proud of his three children. He was able to walk Kelly down the aisle for her beautiful wedding last year. He watched Mary graduate from nursing school as a RN in December. He additionally took pride in watching Alex launch “Covington Films” and thrive as a talented wedding videographer. Greg loved to plant flowers and tend to his beloved deck at home. He was notorious for being “Chef Greg” on the weekends, where he would often be found grilling a creation from scratch on his Big Green Egg. He was an avid concert fan, and would not hesitate to fly to California if he heard that Pink Floyd would be performing there. He knew how to enjoy his life and take care of his family. Greg enjoyed attending 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville. His faith in God helped carry him through each day, especially during the more difficult days of battling cancer. He was always positive and happy, except on days when his Atlanta Falcons would lose a game (which happened more than it should!) However, on his last good day while in the hospital, he was able to witness a Falcons victory. Greg’s family would like to thank his dedicated team of Emory specialists, and the Emory University Hospital oncology nurses and doctors, (Especially Dr. Jane Meisel, our cousin), the Emory hospice nurses and Dr. Ravi and Dr. Read. We would also like to express our gratitude to our family and friends, including our children’s amazing friends, who have been at Greg’s side continually during his final days. Visitation will be on Friday, October 26, from 5 to 8 pm at Wages and Sons Funeral Home in Lawrenceville. The funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, October 27th at 11am. A private family burial will be held in Pensacola, Florida at Bayview Cemetery at a later time. In honor of Greg’s memory, donations may be made to GIST Support International at gistsupport.org.

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  1. My heart goes out to you and your family, I am so sorry for your loss. Greg was a wonderful man and a great guy to be around, always a smile!
    I pray for you and your family that you find peace in your time of sorrow. May God surround you with his love and grace.

  2. I only new Greg for a short period and in that time I found him to be one of integrity and honest. He will be greatly missed and my family prayers are with you and your family at this time of need.
    My God bless you and comfort you with his grace and light.

    God Bless.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for all the family and friends that God will give you comfort and peace in this time of great sadness…. God bless!

  4. Our thoughts and prayers for you during this time of grief. May God provide you comfort and peace. Greg will sincerely be missed as a coworker and friend.

  5. I am truly sorry for your loss. Greg was such a nice man and will be missed. I pray that the family finds strength and wisdom during this difficult time. God bless you all.

  6. Greg was a kind, positive, and intelligent man. I am praying for peace, comfort, and strength for his family and friends.

  7. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Greg was such a kind man. My thoughts are prayers are with his family and friends during this sad time.

  8. My sincerest condolences to Greg’s family. I worked with Greg since 2014 as we both served on the Meggitt 401K Committee. He was a quiet and thoughtful man and respectful of others. I will miss his contribution to the Committee and his commitment to Meggitt. You are in my prayers!

  9. I didnt know Greg however I know his wife Jennifer. Ms. Covington is a co worker of mine and such an amazing person. Full of life and loves every minute of it. You can tell by the positive person that she is how amazing her family truly is. Ms. Covington we are so sorry for the loss of your husband. My deepest condolences to your family my prayers are with you and your beautiful children at this time.

  10. Greg was my boss at Benchmark brands. He was the best boss I have ever had and I’m so sorry to hear about his passing. Condolences and prayers for his family. He will be missed.

  11. Having worked with Greg over the past several years, he was never without a kind word or that magical smile. Blessed to have known and shared in some of these wonderful memories. Our thoughts are with you.

  12. Be still my heart 💙 as Greg and his beautiful wife n daughters hair stylist for a couple of years, I was blessed to be a part of there lives; Greg had such a cool calm about him that was therapeutic, always felt like I should be paying him for hair cut, ha. When talking about his family there was a proud glow that would shine over him,☺️ This World lost a Great Man! Tho has left behind a beautiful family to keep making it a better place; He will be missed Greatly! Rock on Greg🎸RIP in Gods name I pray🙏🏼

  13. I envisioned that Jim met him at heaven’s gate. We are so sorry for your loss and are praying for strength and peace for all of you.

  14. Dear Jennifer and family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your husband/father. May you all find peace during this difficult time and find comfort in the loving memories you shared. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Please reach out if you need anything.
    Love,
    Jill Moore

  15. Rest In Peace Greg , you lived a great life. My sincere condolences to Jennifer and family. He will surely be missed by all that all that knew him. He was a great friend.

  16. To the Covington family,
    You have my deepest sympathies and prayers are with you during this difficult time. My daughter, Sydney, was one of Mrs. Covington’s students last year and she would occasionally come home and talk about Mr. Greg. It was evident to my child that Mr. Greg was deeply loved by his wonderful wife so Sydney prayed for him without really knowing the details of his battle.
    Today, I kneel in prayer for this bereaved family and I ask that you all find the strength to deal with this great loss. Mr. Greg is no longer suffering and he is with our Heavenly Father.
    Mrs. Covington, because we love you, we also love your beautiful family. Mary, Kelly, and Alex- I am deeply sorry about your dad. May the Lord bless and keep you all!

  17. Greg will be missed. I worked with him at Benchmark. He was always the professional and personable. Hugs to prayers to all his family. I will be unable to attend his service to pay my respects as I’m out of town. My thoughts will be with all of you.

  18. So very sorry for your loss. Know how many of us are praying for you and want to be there for you Jennifer and your family.

  19. Jennifer, sending comforting thoughts and prayers. Greg was such a nice guy and will be missed by so many. Lean on faith, family and friends. Love you!

  20. Jennifer and Family,
    Greg will be missed by all. He was a great guy and an inspiration to many. We were blessed to know him. We did enjoy “Chef Greg” at the Christmas party. Please give Melvis a hug for me. May God’s love comfort and help you through this difficult time. I love you all.

  21. Jennifer and family, in these sad and difficult days of loss, please take comfort in being with friends and family that love you and Greg. Your memories will sustain you. I will be thinking and praying for you, his family and friends. You will find comfort in your memories of your life together. Love.

  22. To Greg’s family, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of Greg. I worked with him for 3 years and truly enjoyed his guidance and friendship during those times. He was a very kind hearted person and will certainly missed. I know he was appreciated by all his colleagues.

    May God test his soul.
    Eric

  23. Jennifer and Family,
    Our hearts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry for your loss.
    Love,
    Pam (EAL) and Cedric Howard

  24. I worked with Greg for 10 years at Meggitt Training Systems. His daughter Kelly also watched my two children over the summer several years ago while I worked during the day. Greg exuded a peaceful tranquility even in stressful situations. He was a man of honor and high character who was a special colleague and friend. Those who knew Greg were blessed indeed. We will miss him but am glad he’s with our Lord Jesus Christ now. Nothing could be better than that! Our prayers and condolences to Greg’s family and friends.

  25. Greg was a breath of fresh air and a pure joy to work with. Always with a smile and calm demeanor, he helped me through many stressful month end reportings and was a great friend. MTSI will certainly miss the value and character he brought to work each and every day. MTSI will not be the same without him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time.

  26. My heart goes out to the entire Covington family,supportive friends and coworkers of Greg. May you all be comforted by God’s grace and mercy during this difficult time. Jennifer, we love you here at Sycamore and know that your students are hugging you and missing your voice and fun read alouds. We wrap our arms around you friend and are always here if you need us. See you tomorrow!

  27. Jennifer, Alex, Kelly and Mary, we are so very sorry for your loss of Greg. We will continue to lift you up in prayer for comfort and strength. Much love to all.

  28. Sweet Jennifer,
    You (and your family) are in my thoughts and prayers. You are one of the shining lights here at Sycamore, and we all wish you comfort and peace at this moment in your life.

  29. My sweet friend Jen! May God be with you and your family during this difficult time!
    My prayers are with you all ❤️

  30. I had the pleasure of working with Greg at Benchmark Brands from 2001-2005. I am deeply saddened to hear of Greg’s passing. I always admired Greg’s positive attitude, calm demeanor and kindness towards others. He was an all around great guy. I considered him to be a friend as well as a colleague. My heart goes out to Greg’s family. I am truly sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in the memories that you shared together during this difficult time.

  31. Dear Mrs. Covington my deepest condolences go out to you and your family. May God give you peace and strength to you and your loved once in this difficult times.

  32. Mavis, Jennifer and family.
    I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Your loss is another angel added to heaven.
    You all are in my prayers that you heal in your hearts and know that Greg isn’t suffering anymore.
    Greg always had a special place in my heart.
    Prayed and love to all.

  33. Mrs. Covington,
    My wife and I are profoundly saddened by the passing of your husband, Greg. We pray that you and your children will take comfort in your wonderful memories at this very difficult time. Greg was a gentleman and a professional. He will be sorely missed.
    Douglas Brooks

  34. To the Covington family, we are so incredibly sorry for your tremendous loss. Our daughter Sophia is currently a student of Mrs. Covington. She misses you more than you could imagine!
    We want to send our condolences and prayers to all of you. With love the Florence family.

  35. I am saddened by the loss of Greg. He was my colleague at Meggitt and it was a pleasure working side by side with Greg during these last 12 years. We were very close at work and I considered him to be a “brother” at work.
    When I think of Greg, outstanding in everyway come to mind.
    God Bless your family and may Greg rest in peace.
    JP

  36. My sweet friend, there aren’t words to express what your family is experiencing. My deepest sympathy and love for all of you.

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