On Thursday, December 10, 2020, Art Covey, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 79 from a long battle with prostate cancer.
Art was born on October 12, 1941, in Sumner, Missouri, to William and Nannie (Hughes) Covey. At an early age, his family relocated to Henrietta, Missouri, 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, Missouri. They raised three children – Julie, Nan, and David.
On February 25, 2016, Art married Anita Blankenship from Independence, Missouri. Art and Anita shared a music ministry together. They made Richmond, Missouri their permanent residency.
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 “Celebration of Life” public service will be held on Sunday, January 3, 2021, 3 p.m. CST, at Richmond Missouri’s Assembly of God Church, 303 S. College St., Richmond, MO 64085. 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 suggest memorial contributions to be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation at 1250 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, or can be sent to the family at P.O. Box 814, Blue Springs, Missouri, 64013-0814.
Arrangements in care of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs.