Honoring Their Stories
Covington Ridge Retirement Home in Collins honors the stories of its residents through a campaign blog called “Honor Their Story” on its website.
Every few weeks staff at Covington Ridge better known locally as “The Ridge”, selects a resident to feature by using their autobiography that was written from a previous activity coordinated by the activities director.
The staff has selected Mr. Ottis Wolverton who has been a resident at The Ridge for eight years.
“Ottis Wolverton has been more than a resident at Covington Ridge since moving in 10 years ago this coming May. He has been a mentor, friend, and fellow Rotarian,” Melinda Lott, Covington Ridge Administrator said. “He has taught me about business, especially how to manage a family-owned company which he has successfully done.”
Wolverton was born on November 1, 1934 in Scott County, Miss where he lived with his grandmother. He had a twin brother who died with a brain tumor.
Wolverton finished high school and attended Ole Miss night school in Jackson, Miss where he earned a degree in surveying.
In 1954, he went to work for Lester Engineering in Jackson.
40 years ago, Wolverton moved to Covington County to marry his wife who passed away six years ago. He has a son and a daughter.
Wolverton still has his home and office in Collins, right off of Highway 84.
Wolverton bought the local radio station in Covington County that was run by Romeo Sullivan.
Wolverton is a member of Calhoun Baptist Church in Covington County.
“Ottis always made sure to introduce me to Covington County’s finest over our ten-year friendship. His 3:00 p.m. coffee friends at The Ridge quickly became my friends,” Lott said.
Help us “honor their stories” by reading more residents’ autobiographies at www.covingtonridgeretirment.com/news.