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Harry Covey Jr.

Searcy, AR, 1924 - 2014

Harry Covey Jr., 89, of Searcy for the past nine months; formerly of Hot Springs, Ark. died in White County Medical Center in Searcy of kidney and heart failure on 2/28/14. He was born at home in Rembrandt, Iowa to Grace and Harry H. Covey. His education at the University of Minnesota was interrupted by WWII. He trained as a bombardier but never left the states. He was discharged from the Army Air Force as a lieutenant. He married Zona, in 1947. He completed his business degree at the University of Minnesota and had great success in the track program.
Harry managed the Fort Smith branch office of KoolVent Alum. Awning Co. for his father in law for several years, and later moved to Little Rock to become the owner, and President of KoolVent after the death of his father in law. Harry and Zona made Little Rock their home and raised their family there. He sold the business, and was the salesman for Solo Cup Co. for 18 years covering Arkansas and Northern Louisiana territory. He enjoyed handball and was the state champion in doubles for about 10 years in the 60s. He and Zona retired to Hot Springs, where they were members of Hot Springs Country Club, and enjoyed golf immensely during retirement. They were members of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard Covey and his wife Mitzie; and a sister, Mary Ambrosen and her husband Lloyd. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Zona; a son, David (Linda) Covey of Searcy; and a daughter, Shari (Chuck) Clark of Springdale; four grandchildren, Andrea Covey (Matt Sappington), Sarah Covey, Brian Clark, and Stephanie Clark; one great-grandson, Calvin Sappington; and several nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to offer special thanks to wonderful caregivers at WCMC and River Oaks Village in Searcy, and to the Westshores Retirement Center in Hot Springs for the kindness shown to Harry and Zona during the last months of his life.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock or the charity of your choice. Memorial Service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs at 3 p.m. on March 29 following family visitation at the church at 2 p.m. Arrangements are with Gross Funeral Home in Hot Springs. Guest register is at

Published March 16, 2014

Gross Funeral Home
120 Wrights St, Hot Springs, AR
Phone: 501-624-1244