On Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, Art Covey, loving husband and father, passed away at age 79 from a long battle with prostate cancer.
Art was born on Oct. 12, 1941, in Sumner to William and Nannie (Hughes) Covey. At an early age, his family relocated to Henrietta, where he eventually attended and graduated from Richmond High School. Art worked at the Board of Public Utilities for 26 years and retired in 1997. On July 29, 1960, he married Sharron Douglas, from Lexington. They raised three children – Julie, Nan and David.
On Feb. 25, 2016, Art married Anita Blankenship from Independence. Art and Anita shared a music ministry. They made Richmond their permanent residence.
Art loved the Lord and reflected that love through his passion for music. He was involved in several bands – The Joybells, Gospel Echos, Odessa Jubilee, Country Classics, Music Makers, God Squad, Prairie Praise – and was a member of the Country Gospel Music Association.
He traveled to numerous churches and other venues to spread God’s word. His music, compassion and humor touched so many lives, especially his family and friends.
Art was preceded in death by his mother, father and 13 siblings. He is survived by his wife, three children, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
A public celebration of life service will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, at the Richmond Assembly of God Church, located at 303 S. College St. Face masks and social distancing will be required.
The service will be live streamed for those unable to attend by visiting https://m.facebook.com/richmondmoag.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation; 1250 Fourth St.; Santa Monica, CA 90401. They also can be sent to the family at P.O. Box 814; Blue Springs, MO 64013-0814.