John Lovelace

John Thornton Lovelace, 99, of Union City died at the home of his daughter Aug. 23, 2013.
Graveside services were held 2 p.m. Sunday, with the Rev. Tim Atkins officiating.
Burial followed in East View Cemetery.
White-Ranson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Family members served as pallbearers.
The family requests memorials be made to Wednesday Night Shut-in Meals, c/o First United Methodist Church in Union City.
He was born March 24, 1914, in Union City, son of the late Claude Thomas and Hattie (Bragg) Lovelace. He married the former Virginia Grace McCabe on July 28, 1945. She survives. He was the former owner and operator of Lovelace Grocery from 1945-68 and an employee of the former Farmers Exchange Bank from 1969-71. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. A lifetime member of First United Methodist Church, he was a member of the Character Builders Sunday school class since 1928 for which he was the pianist. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a Kiwanis Club member and an organist for several local area churches. He placed flags on graves for Memorial Day for over 22 years.
He is also survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and David Durham of Union City; his son and daughter-in-law, John M. and Carolyn Lovelace of Lakeland; five grandchildren and their spouses, Caroline and Scott Coleman of Union City; Britt and Jennifer Barnes of Smyrna, John David and Lauren Lovelace of Baton Rouge, La., Sean and Denise Lovelace of Muncie, Ind., and Jeff and Rhonda Durham of Murray, Ky.; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Larry Lovelace and Claude Lovelace.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.
Published in The Messenger 8.26.13

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