James Roy “Jim” Covington
James Roy “Jim” Covington, age 83, of Dallas, went to be with the Lord on March 14, 2018 due to a heart attack. Jim was born in Smithfield (now North Richland Hills), Texas on May 12, 1934. He was the son of James and Mary Covington. He lived much of his life in Oklahoma City, OK and graduated from high school when he was 16 years old. He entered the Army at the age of 18 and served as a military photographer during the Korean War. After an honorary discharge from the Army, he continued to work as a professional photographer. He worked for companies such as General Dynamics, Goodwill, and Singer prior to opening his own photo lab and studio. While in the military he photographed 11 atomic bomb tests in Nevada. He also photographed the Texas Rangers including Nolan Ryan’s iconic tuxedo photo as well as the Dallas Cowboys during the 1991 season. He photographed numerous other celebrities, sports figures, and politicians. He met Alpha Bradshaw Mirkovic in 1980 and they were married on May 24, 1980. They lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Plano, and then retired and moved to Aransas Pass. They moved to Dallas, on Dec. 2, 2015. Jim is survived by his wife Alpha; his four children, Alicia and her husband Craig Fyock, David Covington, Glenn Covington, and Jeri Covington; Alpha’s two children, Julia Dodson, and Tony and his wife Michelle Mirkovic; 10 grandchildren, 16 great- grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and cousins; and his dog Missy. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Mary; a brother Relin; and two grandchildren, Brian Smith and Shala Covington. A memorial service was held March 17, 2018 in Dallas officiated by Rev. Diane Heath. A family visitation was scheduled Monday, March 19, North Dallas Funeral Home.