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Benjamin W. Covington III

Company F-1

14 Jan 1939 - 31 Jul 2023
Place of Death: Vilas, NC
Interment: West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Ben Covington, on July 31, 2023 in Vilas, NC. 

Ben is survived by his sons, Benjamin IV and his wife Lori, and Farley and his wife Lisa; eight grandchildren; and one great grandchild.  Ben was predeceased by his wife, Ruth. 

Visitation will be from 9 AM to 5 PM at Hampton Funeral Home, 683 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC  28607. 

A celebration of Ben and Ruth’s lives will be at the Church of the Holy Cross, Banner Elk, NC on a date to be determined

The funeral service for Ben Covington will be at 1:30 PM, November 7, 2023, at the Old Cadet Chapel with burial to follow in the West Point Cemetery.

Those attending should meet at Hogan Funeral Home, 135 Main St, Highland Falls, NY 10928 NLT 1 PM.

The family is planning a reception after the funeral -- details to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Ben’s memory be sent to The High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, PO Box 3312, Boone, NC 28607-3312. 

Well done, Ben.  Be thou at peace.


Class Memorial Pages\F-1 Ben Covington.pdf


Benjamin Wilson Covington III

COL Benjamin Wilson Covington III served in the United States Army as a Cavalry officer for over 28 years. He commanded two Cavalry Troops in Germany and Vietnam, a Tank Battalion in Germany and an Armored Brigade at Fort Hood. He served a total of 15 years overseas: 12 years in Germany and three years in Vietnam with U.S. and Vietnamese forces. He retired after serving as the President of the U.S. Army Training Board at Fort Monroe, VA.

He held a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Master’s in National Security from The National War College, and a Master’s and ABD from Columbia University in History of the English Language and 18th Century English Literature. He taught Philosophy and English Literature at West Point for three years.

After his retirement, he and his wife Ruth lived in Texas and Germany before settling in Valle Crucis NC, where they spent over 20 years serving the community in a variety of ways. As the Director of the High Country Chapter of the Military Officer’s Association of America, he was instrumental in the of the construction of the Veteran’s Memorial in downtown Boone, NC.

Over the years, he leveraged his experience with army training and doctrine to act as a senior advisor for multiple Eastern European countries in their efforts to improve their militaries to enable their entry into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He also spent a year in Iraq, using his expertise to advise the Iraqi government in ways to modernize their military.

He is preceded in death by his wife Ruth, and is survived by his two sons, physician Benjamin IV and Army Warrant Officer Farley.

The body will lie in state at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel, 683 Blowing Rock Road in Boone, NC from 9:00 until 5:00 Wednesday, August 9th, so friends may pay their respect and sign the guest book . The family will be at the funeral home to receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00. A celebration of Ben and Ruth’s lives will be held at the Holy Cross Episcopal Church at 122 Skiles Way in Banner Elk, NC at a date to be determined, and Ben will be interred at West Point, NY at a date to be determined.