OLD CHURCH, Va. – Edward Luke Covington, 61, of Old Church died Jan. 1, 2004, while skiing at Massanutten. The Bowling Green, Ky., native was a pilot and built his own plane, in which he set two world speed records. He was a member of the Experimental Airplane Association, worked with the Young Eagles Program and the Civil Air Patrol and was a noted flight instructor. He attended the Training School at Western Kentucky University, was a 1960 graduate of Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tenn., and a 1965 graduate of The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. He served as an officer in the Army before he began his 30-plus-year career in the commercial construction business. He served in the Army in Frankfurt, Germany, and later as a company commander in the 75th Engineering Battalion at Fort Lewis, Wash. He was an avid woodworker, a lifelong Episcopalian, an avid skier and a member of the National Ski Patrol at Massanutten Resort for 25 years. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Immanuel Episcopal Church, Box 788, Mechanicsville, VA 23111; the Civil Air Patrol, New Kent County Airport, 6901 Terminal Road, Quinton, Va., 23141; or to the charity of one’s choice. Memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Episcopal Church in Old Church, where he was a member. Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Barbara B. Covington; a daughter, Ashly B. Covington of Richmond; and his mother-in-law, Lucile H. Bentson.
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