Veteran brings stories of his life to MW as he winds down with granddaughter

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His final days...

By Alex Wimsatt

MOUNT WASHINGTON - From telling stories about the time he saw a bear in C. C. Camp to the time he saw his commanding officer killed in World War II to the sweet story of the love he shares with his family, Covington Harper’s voice is like silk spun in a slow Southern drawl beckoning from his hometown near Savannah, Ga.

Harper’s stories now rustle the Bluegrass where he is spending his final days in his granddaughter’s Bullitt County home surrounded by family and friends, enjoying some of his favorite pass times, like entertaining visitors with his guitar and harmonica, playing some of the hundreds of songs he’s written over the years.

One of the life experiences he remembered best was when he saw a bear at C. C. Camp just shy of his eighteenth birthday.

“The big momma bear growled at me and even put her paw on my shoulder. I thought I was going to die. The momma bear started to howl; her two cubs were around my feet. After they ran away, she ran after them,” he said.

After that experience, Harper says he knew he would have a long life.

In 1942, Harper was drafted and served eight years defending our country in World War II on the Army’s front lines in the Seventh Regimen Third Division Infantry. It was during this time he watched his commanding officer fatally shot beside him.

Despite the traumatic experience, Harper said his time in the military prepared him well for civilian life. Following his military service he worked for 37 years at the Georgia Port Authority.

More than 60 years after serving in the Army, it’s peace time for Covington Harper and he is truly living out his final weeks and months with the help of his loved ones and Hosparus.

“I feel more at ease because I know Hosparus is keeping my grandfather comfortable. I want more people to know that Hosparus is not about giving up; it’s about meeting patients and families where they are. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate the support,” His granddaughter, Regina Benson, said.

For more than 30 years, Hosparus has provided care, comfort and counseling for people facing life-limiting illnesses in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. To learn more about Hosparus services, visit www.hosparus.org.