William (Billy) Conway Fleming, 84, of Covington, unexpectedly passed
away on Saturday morning, 7 November 2020, from complications of
Billy was retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers as the
Safety and Occupational Health Director. Following retirement from the
Corps, he served as Public Works Director for the City of Covington.
He was a talented musician and loved playing with his friends whenever
he could. He retired from his band, The Generation Gap, about three years
ago after nearly 50 years, but continued to play. Music was his solace. He
was outstanding on the keyboard and saxophone and at the time of his
passing, he was teaching himself to play the cello. There wasn’t any
musical instrument he wouldn’t try or couldn’t learn. A sweet note from a fellow musician said
“Billy was one of a kind and an amazing human being!! God speed Billy, and now you get to
play for the King!”.
Bill was an all-star softball pitcher and an avid golfer. He previously served as Civil Defense
Director for Tipton County and in that capacity, acted as a rescue/recovery diver. He strove to
excel at everything he did. Several beautiful homes around Covington, including his own, were
results of his architectural talents. He even drew the members of his senior class for their 1954
Byars Hall annual. Bill served as a Trustee for the Covington First United Methodist Church and
was on too many boards and committees to list. He was always willing to do anything for anyone
if he could, and from the massive outpouring of love and sharing of special memories extended
to his family, there was no doubt he made an impression. Bill never met a stranger. He will be
loved and missed, always. Every life he touched is better for having known him.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 37 years, Gail Fleming of Covington; one son, Hunter
Fleming (Killie) of Flowery Branch, GA; one stepson, John Eric Bryant (Nikki) of Covington;
one brother, Jerry Fleming (Sonin) of Fort Myers, FL; five nephews; one niece; four great
nephews and two great nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, Reece Fleming and
Laverne Jones and one nephew.
Due to COVID risks and concerns at the time of his death, the family was unable to hold a public
service. Now that most gathering restrictions have been lifted, a Celebration of Life for Billy has
been scheduled in the Sanctuary of the Covington First United Methodist Church, 145 W.
Church Avenue, Covington, TN 38019, on Saturday, 22 May at 2:00. Family will receive visitors
at the reception immediately following the service in the Christian Life Center.
Family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,
Donor Services, PO Box 98018, Washington DC 20090-8018.
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