Betty Bray Covil

January 31, 1941 - July 11, 2021
Betty Bray Covil


Betty Covil age 80 of Wilmington passed away Sunday July 11, 2021.

She was born in Danville, VA on January 31st, 1941. The first years of her life, she spent on a farm, where she learned to tend tobacco fields, raise chickens, and helping her granny with the many chores on a farm, before moving to Wilmington, NC.

Though she grew up a farm girl, she loved to travel to big cities for fun and entertainment. Betty and her sister, Jean, were always on the move, from Las Vegas, to Mississippi or cruising the ocean. She enjoyed sharing her experiences with friends and family as much as they enjoyed listening. 

Betty liked showing her love through cooking and giving gifts, along with quality time. Her table was more full than not, with the best southern fried chicken, collards, and other southern delicacies. And like any true southerner, she always had a pitcher of sweet tea in her fridge.

She was a thoughtful person, and her house saw many people under the roof over the years. She was a caretaker in many different ways for friends and family, and never turned down someone who could use a hand.

Betty was a big fan of the NBA and especially her favorite team the Golden State Warriors.

She is survived by her daughter Tammy Winslow and son in-law Ronald Winslow; grandchildren, Aja Holguin, Bryan Sasser, Chad Sasser and wife Whitney; and great granddaughter, Bowdie Sasser.
Sister in-law Awilda Smith and brother in-law Leon Smith, sister in-law Shirley Covil; special friend Lori Flack along with other extended family members and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Rachel Bray; her husband Richard Covil, daughter, Deborah Sasser and a sister, Jean Lancaster.

Visitation will be 2 pm Saturday July 24, 2021 with the Celebration of Life Ceremony starting at 3 pm at Wilmington Funeral Chapel led by Darrell Fulcher and Rev. Ricky Crocker.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099

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  • July 16, 2021
    Reid McLamb says:
    A wonderful and caring soul! Betty will be missed immensely by everyone who loved her. She is now pain free, dancing with her beloved sister, Richard & Debbie on Hallelujah Blvd. My prayers go out to Tammy, and the rest of the family.

  • July 17, 2021
    Ruben Holguin says:
    Sincere condolences for Betty's family. She was one of a kind!

  • July 18, 2021
    Vic Hall says:
    Hi Tammy. So sorry to hear that Betty had passed away. She was a wonderful lady. Goodness, I had no idea that Debbie had died. I must have been out of town when it happened. My thoughts are with you and your family. Vic Hall

  • July 20, 2021
    Susan Mccarley says:
    I loved Miss Betty. I did her hair for several years and we always enjoyed chatting and catching up. She was a wonderful lady. Prayers to her family