Michael Dewayne Covington, 66, of Georgetown, Indiana, a gifted artist, talented photographer and accomplished horticulturist with a great sense of humor,
died Oct. 5, 2017, in New Albany, Indiana.
Mike, a native of Anderson, earned his bachelor of fine arts degree in 1973
from the John Herron School of Art (now part of IUPUI) in Indianapolis, where
one of his art projects won a national competition. He returned to Anderson
and became a partner and illustrator at Idea Studio, a graphic design firm,
and also was a part-time photographer for the Anderson Herald.
Mike moved to the Louisville area in early 1977 to work as an illustrator,
graphic designer and photographer for The Courier-Journal, where he worked
for more than 30 years. Mike's treatment of the University of Louisville Cardinal
mascot celebrating the school's 1986 NCAA basketball championship was a
hugely popular poster and t-shirt. He also created posters, logos and t-shirts for
several area companies and institutions.
Mike continued his graphic design work after leaving the newspaper in 2009
and in 2013 won a prestigious Louie award from the Louisville chapter of the
American Advertising Federation.
Mike was known for his passion for books, movies and movie memorabilia. He
also was fascinated with history and had an extensive collection of models of
vehicles, ships and planes from World War II. Before a debilitating stroke in late
2013, Mike enjoyed long-distance bicycling and also planting trees.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Louverna Copeland Covington
and Wilbur J. Covington; brother, David Covington; and Buzz, his beloved
Amazon gray parrot.
He is survived by a sister, Linda Hardin of Anderson; brother, Jim Rolland of Florida; and a niece, April Hedgecraft, and her
children, Khloe and Kaden, all of Westfield, Indiana.
A memorial will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at Hidden Hill Nursery &
Sculpture Garden, 1011 Utica Charlestown Road, in Utica, Indiana.
Published on October 26, 2017