The Obit For John Kovalchick

John A. Kovalchick

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, Edward Kovalchick.

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.