KINGSPORT — Linda Rhodes McLanahan Coven, 72, of Kingsport, TN, passed away peacefully at home Thursday evening, April 19, 2012.
Linda was born in Elberton, Georgia, to the late James Thomas McLanahan and Mary Frances Parker McLanahan on July 11, 1939.
She loved spending time with her family, gardening and traveling. Known for her graciousness, compassion and sharp southern belle wit, her memory will forever be treasured by her family and friends.
Linda was an accomplished artist who graduated from The University of Georgia with a degree in art education, under the direction of Lamar Dodd; she studied at Lockhaven Art Center in Winter Park, Florida, under Hall McIntosh; and earned her Master’s of Fine Arts from East Tennessee State University under the tutelage of John Steele.
Her subjects ranged from portraits through landscapes, still lifes to abstracts. She was a member of The National Portrait Club, American Artist Portrait League, The Salmagundi Art Club and several other associations. The Coast Guard commissioned her to create paintings for their collection. The Tennessee Historical Commission’s Foundation solicited Linda to portray William Blount, the first governor of The Territory of the United States South of the River Ohio. Linda has works in museums and many private collections all over the United States.
Linda is survived by her children, Ronald Leo Coven II, of Clintwood, VA, Frances Coven Beaudry and husband, David Beaudry, of Atlanta, GA, Martin Thomas Coven, wife, Ashley Walters Coven, and granddaughter Riley Alise Coven, of Austin, TX; Sisters: Gail M. Matthews, of Elberton, GA, Frances Nelson and Virginia Beale, of Columbia, SC; and many extended family members.
A private memorial service to celebrate Ms. Coven’s life will be held at a later date.
Interment will be at Elmhurst Cemetery in Elberton, GA.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to your local Hospice; as they are an invaluable organization for both patients and their families.