Published in The Daily Reflector on May 4, 2011
Mr. John Andrew Kovalchick,
83, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2011. The funeral service will be conducted
Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow
in Pinewood Memorial Park.
Mr. Kovalchick, son of the late John and Anna Lucas Kovalchick, was a
native of Sagamore, Pa. A veteran, he served in the United States Army
during World War II. He had made his home in Greenville for the past 63
years and was a member of First Christian Church. He played professional
baseball (pitcher) for the Olean New York Pony League in 1945 and for
Greenville, Kinston, and Rocky Mount teams in the Coastal Plain League
from 1948 to 1952. He also played in the Bright Leaf Semi-Pro League for
the Pinetops and Farmville teams.
Mr. Kovalchick received a BSBA degree from East Carolina University in
1952 and worked as a mail carrier for the US Postal Service for 19 years.
He was also a member of the American Legion Post # 39 and National, State
and Local Letter Carrier Associations.
In addition to his parents Mr. Kovalchick was preceded in death by a brother,
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Freda Sutton Kovalchick; daughters,
Judy K. Ketron and husband, Bill, of Powhatan, Va. and Terry K. McGowan
of Greenville; grandchildren, Kristin Snelson and husband, Ric and Jennifer
McKenzie and husband, James, all of Richmond, Va., and Charles McGowan
IV of Greenville; great-grandchildren, Blake and Brody Snelson; brother,
Nicholas Kovalchick and wife, Shirley, of Endicott, N.Y.; and a sister,
Dorothy Roark of West Monroe, La.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 at Wilkerson Funeral
Home and all other times at the home of his daughter, Terry.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.