Covington Casket celebrates 100 years in business with gala event

Published 1:00 pm Thursday, May 2, 2024

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Congratulations to Covington Casket Company, which celebrated the company’s 100th anniversary with a gala event Friday night at the Kiwanis Community Center.

The business began in 1924 when a casket company from Opp joined forces with a casket factory in Andalusia. Originally named Andalusia Casket Company, the name was changed to Covington Casket Company in 1945.

Johnny Williamson began work as a sales representative for Covington Casket in 1971. He acquired 50 percent of the company from Levi Wishum in 1977 and the remaining 50 percent from Aubrey Mills in 1986. His sons, Eddie and Alan, joined him in the business, and took over as partners at the time of Mr. Johnny’s death in 1993. Eddie has since retired, and Alan continues as owner and CEO.

Covington Casket currently serves about 300 funeral homes from its corporate location in Andalusia. Warehouses are located in Hammond, Louisiana, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Hanceville, Alabama.

Covington Casket Company operated on North Cotton Street in downtown Andalusia from 1925 until 2021.

The business expanded during the summer of 2021 and moved to its current location at 400 Progress Drive in Andalusia’s Industrial Park.