James Willard Lovelady

April 25, 1929January 3, 2021

James Williard Lovelady, age 91, of Baytown, Texas, passed away on Jan. 3, 2021 at 6:50 p.m.

Jim was born in Farmersville, Texas on April 25, 1929 to E. M. Lovelady and Ruby Lee Stone Lovelady. He owned a 5 & 10 variety store called E. M. Lovelady in Van Horn, Texas from 1955 until he retired in 1994. James Lovelady was actively involved in his community. He was a member of the Van Horn Volunteer Fire Department for many years where he served as a volunteer fireman, assistant fire chief, and fire chief. He also served on the city council and on the hospital board. He belonged to the Lions Club. Jim and his wife Lolly became actively involved in the Rotarian student foreign exchange program and hosted many students. This resulted in becoming an honorary member of the Van Horn Rotary Club.

Jim loved and enjoyed flying and was enrolled in Spartan School of Aeronautics to pursue a career in aviation when his dad offered him a position as store manager for one of the E.M Lovelady variety stores. He owned several planes in Van Horn in partnership with Lee Self and later with Hugh Eudy.

Jim Lovelady was preceded in death by his wife, Lolly Lovelady and his son Clyde (Skip) Lovelady. He is survived by two sons, Mike and Bob, one daughter, Cindy, 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, January 18, 2021, at St. Mark's UMC, 3811 N. Main St., Baytown, TX 77521.


  • Memorial Service

    Monday, January 18, 2021


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Donna Jackson

January 18, 2021

I remember Jim and Lolly from our Sunday school class and Prime Timers, they were such a lovely couple, always smiling and happy. I am blessed by having known them both. Peace be with the family.

Carrie Shamblin

January 17, 2021

I am so sorry for your family's loss. Daddy Jim was an amazing man and I enjoyed the times I got to see him. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Connie Litteer

January 15, 2021

I always loved seeing Jim come into church. He always had a smile on his face. He was such a neat person. I wish I had known about his planes.

Rubyann Lovelady

January 11, 2021

My dear sweet Uncle James, I found out today that you had crossed over the rainbow bridge on January 3rd.I would have loved to say Hello to you before you passed, but I guess that we passed like strangers in the night! But I have the wonderful memories of you and getting to fly with you.I Love you! Bye for now.Rubyann