Lee Kimball Kovacs

Published 2:10 pm Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Lee Kimball Kovacs, 92, of Bristol, passed away Monday, January 19, 2015 at Greystone Healthcare Center in Blountville, Tennessee. She was born in Laurel Fork on May 10, 1922, a daughter of the late Robert and Georgia Marshall Kimball.

She received her Associate’s Degree from Virginia Intermont College, her Bachelor’s Degree from East Tennessee State University, her Master’s Degree from University of Tennessee, and completed her Doctoral studies at the University of Virginia.

Mrs. Kovacs was employed as an International Sales Representative for Mary Grey Hosiery Mills in Bristol, Virginia. In the late 1950’s, she began a teaching career at Virginia High School as an Art and Speech teacher along with volunteering with the Drama department. She then taught Psychology at Virginia Intermont College. In 1969, she and husband, Louis, moved to Farmville where she became a Psychology Professor and Student Teacher Supervisor at Longwood University.

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She enjoyed working in her art studio creating stained glass art and paintings. She was a master gardener and an animal lover including her horses, peacocks and Hungarian kuvazs dogs.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Louis Kovacs, a son, Mark Kovacs, a sister, Vada Sexton, and niece, Georgia Lee Sexton. Sheis survived by her son, Michael Kovacs and wife, Kay of Bristol; daughter-in-law, Beverly Kovacs of Lockwood, California; grandchildren, Meredith Barlow and husband, Jason, of Bristol; Kathryn Waddle and husband, Brian of Bristol, Kevin Kovacs and wife, Summer of Bristol, Tennessee; Amy Sweet and husband, Steve of Lockwood, California; Katy Kovacs of Lockwood, California, LindaKay Kovacs of Mount Pleasant, Texas, and Mary Lou Sokolow and husband, Jay of Knoxville, Tennessee; 14 great-grandchildren; and three nephews.

A reflection of Lee’s life and the scattering of her ashes will be held at 1p.m. on Saturday, August 22 at New Store Presbyterian Church, New Store Road, in Buckingham County, Farmville, with Pastor Joe McCutchin officiating. Per her request, she was cremated and her ashes will be spread on the grave of her late husband, Dr. Louis Kovacs.

Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

Condolences for the family may be sent and viewed by visiting www.BlevinsCares.com. Mrs. Kovacs and her family are in the care of Blevins Funeral & Cremation Services, Bristol.