Salem Funeral Home Reynolda Chapel
2599 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Thursday, Dec 17, 2015
- 8 p.m.
Forsyth Memorial Park
3771 Yadkinville Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Friday, Dec 18, 2015
Jul 12, 1937 - Dec 13, 2015
James Edward Lovette of Bethania passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2015.
Born on July 12, 1937, in Tacoma Park, Maryland, Ed was the older son of Mildred Ellen Pitts Lovette and Andrew Mitchell Lovette, Sr. As a young child Ed and his family moved to the City View area of Winston-Salem where he was surrounded by many relatives and made lifelong friends. Later in life he was still able to remain connected with many of these friends through the monthly City View Gang breakfast meetings.
In 1955, Ed graduated from Walkertown High School where he enjoyed participating in athletics. After high school Ed served in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. After completion of his military commitment, Ed enrolled in High Point College and worked several years at Western Electric before beginning his thirty-one year career at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, retiring from the Research and Development Division in 1996. While there, Ed received recognition for several machinery patents used in processing tobacco.
Ed was an avid golfer! He was a charter member of Pine Knolls Golf Club, serving a term as president of the golf association. Later he was a member of Wilshire Golf Club. On May 8, 1991, Ed realized all golfers' dream by making a hole-in-one; his was on hole number five at Pinebrook Country Club, where he was a member.
In 1982 Ed married Jane Long, who survives along with their blended family of six children: Elisa Lovette, Catherine Lovette, James F. Lovette, Christine Michelotti, John Frazier, and Brian Lovette and six grandchildren: Scott Michelotti, Brian Michelotti, Zachary Lovette, Sarah Montgomery, Elana Frazier, and Elle Lovette.
Other survivors include Ed’s mother-in-law Frances P. Riddle, brother-in-law James Long, and sister-in-law Shirley Lovette. Ed was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother Andrew Mitchell Lovette, Jr.
There will be a visitation for friends and relatives on Thursday evening from six o’clock to eight o’clock at Salem Funeral Home, 2599 Reynolda Road. On Friday afternoon there will be a graveside service at two o’clock at Forsyth Memorial Park, 3771 Yadkinville Road, with Rev. Jeff Copley and Rev. Randy Waugh officiating.
Ed was a member of Maple Springs United Methodist Church. Because of his love for this church, his family is requesting in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Maple Springs United Methodist Church, 2569 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.
“As in water face reflects face,
So a man’s heart reflects the man.”
My friends: I am so sorry about your loss-such a fine man, a family man. My friend-I will miss you. I will never forget our initial get together and how, over the years, our friendship endured. To Jane and family, I can only imagine your pain and hurt about his passing. May you be blessed and thankful for a being part of and sharing in Ed's life. PatFierro