Joe W Lovelace

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LINDEN, TX Joe Wells Lovelace, 89, of Linden, passed away Monday, September 19, 2011 in a Longview hospital. He was born August 25, 1922 in Linden. Mr. Lovelace was a partner for many years in the law firm, Lovelace and Dowd, a member of the Linden Lions Club, the American Legion, and Linden First Methodist Church. He was a WWII veteran, serving in the US Navy as a Naval Aviator. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Margaret, two brothers, Paul and Shep, two sisters, Frances Lane and Johnnie McKellar. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Joe B and Renee Lovelace of Dripping Springs; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Elaine and Gary Howell of Dallas, Carol Ann Lovelace of Linden, and Stephanie and Sergio Torres of Dallas; eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a host of other family and friends. Funeral services will be 2:00pm, Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at Linden First United Methodist Church with Rev. Kevin Young officiating, Interment with military honors will follow in Linden Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis-Schindler Funeral Home, Inc. of Linden. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

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  1. WE are sorry for your loss. Your dad was always good to me and he was a true leader of the community. Denny and Lou Ann Jones

  2. Our prayers are with the family. The many expressions of kindness & generosity Joe W & Margaret showed our family while we served Linden UMC will never be forgotten.

  3. We will miss Mr. Joe W., but know he is happy to be reunited with his lovely wife, Margaret. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  4. We will miss you, but take comfort in knowing that you and mamma were reunited today on her birthday. We will always remember and the little ones in the house will know who you are. We are sad but know that you are without worry, fear, conflict and concern. You and mother are a peace.

  5. I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Joe W. He is a big part of my memories of Linden and the UMC. Take comfort in the wonderful life he lived and contribution he made in to others' lives. Good Night, Mr. Interlocutor.

  6. Our sincere sympathy to the family.You are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in a life well lived!

  7. eJoe B, Elaine, Carol Ann, and StephineMy thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this time of grif. Mr. Joe was a pilar of the community and a very caring Christian.My fondest memories of Mr. Joe and Wilford Penny were at the Lions Follies.kxm

  8. Nancy thought the world of Joe and Margaret. Joe's was the first hand I shook the first time I went to Linden. It was the night of the Lions Follies, of which he was the emcee. He was always playing "one up" with Nancy's daddy. On stage Joe stated that Nancy Rountree had brought her new boyfriend to Linden, and Earl Wayne asked me if I wanted to be his son-in-law. The punch line was that I said no, but I would like to marry your daughter. Nancy and her mother took a huge gasp in unison.Joe was an eloquent and fine man, and we are grateful that he was such a good friend to the Rountree Family. A true giant has fallen.

  9. Another member of "The Greatest Generation", gone but never forgotten. A fine man of whom I have many fond memories.Rest in Peace Joe W. Lovelace

  10. Joe B, Elaine, Carol Ann and Stephanie – Your parents were such good friends to our family in the Linden years. We were blessed to have known them. Our prayers are with you all. Love, Nancy

  11. My condolences to the family. Mr. Lovelace was an attorney for my father for many years as well as his friend. Thanks to Mr. Lovelace, he handled my adoption for my parents over 34 years ago. I will always be grateful for that.

  12. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Mr. Joe was a kind, caring man and a pillar of the community. He will be truly missed.

  13. As a young lawyer, I looked up to Joe W. Lovelace. Now, as a gray-haired lawyer, I admire Joe's example even more. Joe was a classy, well-prepared, smart country lawyer who chose to live in Linden, Texas, but who would have succeeded anywhere. East Texas is a better place because of Joe. My sympathy to Margaret, Joe B., Elaine, Carol Ann and the family.

  14. Mr. Joe was one of the kindest men I've ever known. I appreciate his legal help during Jim's illness and death. He was a great friend to the Ard & Chumley families. God bless you all…you're in my prayers and thoughts.

  15. We are so sorry for your"s and your familys loss.. He was a great man and will be missed by the community. You can take comfort in knowing that he is in a much better place with the Lord and your mother.

  16. We are so sorry for your loss.Due to medical reasons we did not get to visit with you. Joe wellcomed us to Linden 19 years ago and we have always had a spedial friendship.You will be in our thoughts and prayers.Peace and Love,John & Jackie Herring

  17. As a former Texana Bank employee, I served Joe W. and Margaret for many years. They were both such fun loving, pleasent people. Such a pleasure to wait on them. Mr. Lovelace would approach the teller counter and he would comment, "how is Pruitts Lake." I will remember them always.You all must have wonderful memories.God Bless You.

  18. We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that our hearts and prayers are with you during your time of sorry.

  19. My prayers for your comfort are with you; you have passed to a new era. Your elders, your parents, have gone on ahead, and you are now the generation of origin. I know from experience that the feeling of knowing the security of parents is surprising; we've always known them. But it is also a chance to be the good elders they were to your generations younger than you; that is a noble responsibility. You have good models to follow, and I know your lives are enriched by their legacy. Many blessings, Karoyn

  20. Joe: So sorry to hear of the death of your father. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family in this time of grief.

  21. Joe B. and family:I am so saddened to hear of your father's death. He was such a wonderful man and a great lawyer. You are in my prayers during this time of grief. Losing a parent is difficult, but your dad and mine are probably talking about the good old times now. Much love to all of you.Marsha

  22. We are sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. He was truly an outstanding man that you could depend upon for anything that needed to be done. He was as near a saint as anyone I had ever met. Our sympathies are with you. Love, Pardue

  23. To the Moores in Kildare Joe Lovelace was a gentle giant; respected, loved, and trusted. What a legacy he left for all.Rebeccak

  24. Carol Ann,I am so sorry to hear of your dads passing.I will keep you and your family in my prayes. Keep faith in God that knowing your parents were great people and his life was for ever giving to his family. Contact me. 318-683-4526

  25. It's been one month that you have been gone. I will never forget you and always honor your memory. I hope you are at peace and that you never worry over anyone or anything again.

  26. I miss you daddy, thinking of you this xmas. I hope that you are at peace and without worry. We will always love you and honor your memory.

  27. On behalf of the Berkeley Smith family of Lillian, Alabama, I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you on the death of Joe. He had been a close friend of our family's since his days at Baron Field during WWII. He will be greatly missed.Cathy SmithNorth Carolina

  28. I signed for my father who served with Mr. Lovelace as a flight instructor in the Navy during WWII.

  29. Dad, we ran across the history you wrote of the your military service along with a letter you wrote to Mariam. You would be proud. You said it in the letter from 2009. Some days I want to pick up the phone and call to see if you old number still works. I have forgotten what your voice sounds like. It’s going to be six years in September. Mom came to get you and take you home. I will come visit. You took a piece of my heart when you left. I never forget. I wish you were here.

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