Dorothy Meetze Lovett
September 22, 1938 – February 6, 2019
COLUMBIA Funeral service for Dorothy Meetze Lovett, 80, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Capital City Baptist Church, with burial in Wittenberg Lutheran Church Cemetery, Batesburg-Leesville. Rev. Paul Monroe and Rev. Bryan Hunt will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 8, 2019, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel. Ms. Lovett passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Born in Leesville, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Charlie Heyward and Myrtle Risinger Meetze. She graduated from Batesburg-Leesville High School, earned her bachelor’s degree from Winthrop University and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of S.C. She taught for 35 years at Alcorn Middle School and 5 years at Lexington High School. She also taught adult education for many years. Her love for children was the motivation for her 40+ years of teaching. A member of Capital City Baptist Church, she was an avid reader and enjoyed working suduko puzzles. She loved spending time with her family and friends, discussing world and current events. She and Charles L. Lovett enjoyed their quality time together during the last couple years. Surviving are her daughter Miriam A. Lovett of Columbia; sister, Carolyn Leaphart (A.Z.) of Irmo; nephews, Heyward Leaphart (Cheryl) of Prosperity and Barry Leaphart (Amanda) of Rock Hill. Memorials may be made to Capital City Baptist Church, 2243 Percival Road, Columbia, SC 29223.
- Visitation Friday, February 8, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, February 9, 2019
Dorothy Meetze Lovett
February 11, 2019
My name is Ernest Jeter, and I am a former student of Mrs. Dorothy Meetze Lovett (Ms. Lovett) at Alcorn Middle School. I have looked for Ms. Lovett for over 40 something years just to tell her thanks for laying a quality foundation in my learning the English language. I deeply regret that I am not able to tell her because of her recent passing.
She may have not thought that she was laying a foundation in me because in class, I gave her such a hard time to the point that I was actually transferred out of her class, but she did. I still remember diagramming sentences and reading Shakespeare and Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations" that she introduced to me in her class.
She treated me so special to a point that I was ashamed, especially being in the first group of African American students to integrate Maurice Alcorn Junior High School in which was the name of the school when I attended. She placed me right smack in front of her desk in the front of her class, and at times, it seems like she had eyes in the back of her head because she would when she was at the blackboard with her back to the class admonished me to keep my eyes forward on her.
Even though I was removed from her class, I never forgot those positive learning experiences I had with her in her classroom. The experiences with Ms. Lovett were so positive that in Brooklyn College in Brooklyn New York, I majored in English and took many classes in English syntax, grammar and usage all due to the unknown motivation of Ms. Lovett.
She was unknowingly still guiding a major part of my education growth and development even though she did not have an inkling of her mark on me. But, her mark was etched in me to the point that I pursued Bachelor's of Arts in English and earned 24 credits in English before earning a B.A. in Political Science.
Honestly, how I looked for her and wished I could have founded her to thank her: I only knew her as Ms. Lovett. My condolences to Ms. Lovett's family.
February 8, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss . Aunt Dot was a beautiful lady someone I always looked up to. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Love you always