While working as a physician in Paulding, Covington helped deliver more than 500 babies.
“We were the old-fashioned doctors,” he said. “We made house calls.”
“We sewed up heads, sat up with sick babies all night,” Glenda said.
The couple raised six children in the community and now has five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Over the years, the doctor served as county medical examiner and team physician for Paulding County Health Department. He retired from his private practice in 1983.
The couple moved to the county in 1958.
“It was a rural community then. The whole county population was less than 20,000,” said the doctor. “We just stayed here and decided to raise our families here and really became a part of the community.”
From 1983 until 1998, John worked at Georgia Tech as associate director of Student Health Services and team physician for the athletic association.
Dr. Covington also built a Paulding County medical arts clinic/hospital in the 1960s, according to House Resolution 1827 dedicating the road to the Covingtons.
Glenda served as director of nurses at the Medical Arts Hospital and assistant director of nurses at Paulding Memorial Hospital.
After 30 years of service, she retired from WellStar Paulding Hospital in 2011.
The couple was instrumental in building a recreational center in Dallas for children, as well as the establishment of Sarah Babb Park.
Both Covingtons have been members of Dallas First Untied Methodist Church since 1959.
The couple was actively involved in the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and Dr. Covington was recognized as the 2010 Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.
They met and married while living in Memphis, Tenn., where John was attending medical school and Glenda nursing school.
Their oldest daughter, Cindy, was instrumental in getting the road dedicated to her parents.
“She was even more thrilled about it than we were,” Glenda said.
At the road dedication ceremony May 22, the couple’s grandson made a speech commending them for their service to the community.
“My grandparents embody all of the values that required of its leaders to build a strong community,” Scott Proctor said. “The dedication of this highway is a testament to who they are and what they represent to the community and their family.”