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Edward H. Covell Jr., broiler industry leader

Edward H. Covell Jr., broiler industry leader

Edward Hall Covell Jr., a leader in Maryland's broiler industry who owned a farm supply business and was named to the Poultry Hall of Fame, died of pneumonia Friday at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. The longtime Talbot County resident was 92.

He was born in Kansas while his father, Edward H. Covell Sr., an oil firm engineer and Army officer, was on assignment. His mother, Caroline Davenport Willis, had been a World War I Army nurse stationed in France.

He was a 1938 graduate of Centreville High School on the Eastern Shore, where he played soccer and basketball and set records running track.

"My father had wonderful memories of growing up in...