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Gary Covey

April 28, 1946 — July 1, 2023



Mr. Gary Covey, age 77, of Murray, Kentucky, passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2023, at the Murray-Calloway County Hospital in Murray, Kentucky.


            Mr. Covey was born on April 28, 1946, in Pueblo, Colorado, to the late Vern Edward Covey and Grace Evelyn (Woods) Covey. He was employed at Jim Adams IGA for 31 years until its closure in 1998. Then, he served as a security guard for Mattel and Pella until his retirement in 2008. Mr. Covey was a member of the Locust Grove Baptist Church.


            In his early years, Gary enjoyed golfing and hunting. After retirement he took on the role of chauffeur for his two grandchildren. His most enjoyable times were spent on Friday nights at Ty Holland Stadium watching his grandson play football and his granddaughter cheer for the Murray High Tigers. Although being a father and granddaddy were his most fulfilling purpose in life, he also enjoyed making new friends and talking about fond memories from the past. Those who knew him well know that he would never turn down a good piece of fried chicken or a trip to Chong’s. The friendships were many and each one was cherished.


            In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha (Sills) Covey; in-laws, Lloyd and Margaret Sills; half-brother, Wayne Covey; half-sister, Ruby Evans; and brothers-in-law, Terry O’Brien and James Sills.


            Survivors include his daughter, Alesia Irvin and husband Michael of Murray, Kentucky, sister, Karen O’Brien of O’Fallon, Missouri; two brothers, Jack Covey and wife Benita and Keith Covey and wife Glenda both of Murray, Kentucky; as well as two grandchildren, Chase Irvin and Hanna Irvin both of Murray, Kentucky.


            No public services will be held.


            Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Murray-Calloway County Animal Shelter, 81 Shelter Lane, Murray, Kentucky 42071.


            Online condolences can be made at,




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