OBITUARY

Willie Theodore Lovett Jr.

May 20, 1928March 9, 2021

Willie Theodore Lovett, Jr. passed away on March 9, 2021 in Tuscaloosa, AL. Graveside services will be held at 2 o’clock Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Rose Hill Cemetery, led by Rev. Creede Hinshaw.

A longtime resident of Macon/Bibb County, Mr. Lovett was born to the late Willie and Alice Lovett and was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary Willis Lovett and son, Thomas C. Lovett. He is survived by his children, Kay Holmes (Hal), Tuscaloosa, AL; Ted Lovett (Julie), Springfield, VA; Todd Lovett (Marianne), Kennesaw, GA; brother, James “Hamp” (Wendell) Lovett, sister-in-law, Edith “Toots” Smith; 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild.

He attended Lanier High School of Macon. He played baseball and football receiving several scholarship offers from various schools.

Mr. Lovett joined the United States Army in 1950 and was stationed in Germany where he played on the Army’s baseball and football teams. He was selected All European Football quarterback. Following his military service, in 1952 Mr. Lovett played quarterback for Middle Georgia College prior to signing to play baseball with the Class A Macon Peaches (Cubs Farm League) in 1953 as a third baseman.

Willie was an avid golfer playing until the age of 92 and even practiced his short game chipping the day before he passed away.

He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He passed his love of sports on to his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed watching them play and was quick to discuss the games of baseball, football, or golf with his family and their friends. He also enjoyed watching his favorite team, the Georgia Bulldogs. Mr. Lovett endeared himself to others and seldom met a stranger. He retired at 65 after many years as General Sales Manager of Jackson Oldsmobile.

Prior to moving to Tuscaloosa, AL, Mr. Lovett especially enjoyed his weekly meeting with The Macon Lions Club. He was a member for over fifty years having served as president and attaining “Lion of the Year” several times.

Willie’s great sense of humor and his love for conversation, sports, dancing, and country music will be greatly missed.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of Hamrick Highlands Assisted Living facility in Tuscaloosa, AL for their dedication and care provided to Mr. Lovett throughout his residency and especially through the pandemic. He loved you all.

Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express condolences.

Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street has charge of arrangements.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, March 13, 2021

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Katherine Smith

March 13, 2021

Gary and I extend our sincere sympathy to all of the Lovett children. Edith (to me) and Meemaw to my children and Toots to you all says ‘T’ always helped her with whatever she needed. He was an outstanding human being. Wishing you all peace in the days to come.

Kahler Bell

March 12, 2021

Dear Todd and Family,
Am so sorry to learn of your
Loss. Willie was such a great
Man, always a smile to greet everyone. He will be missed by
All who knew him.

Kahler Bell
Athens, GA

Perry (Danny) Willard Jr.

March 12, 2021

For me Willie is the last connection to my father Perry. They were good friends and I always loved seeing Willie when I would go visit at Jackson Oldsmobile. Anyone who knows Willie will miss him. Knowing he was golfing the day before he passed reminds me of Dad who also was playing golf the day before he passed, I am not sure but I believe Willie was playing with him that day. I also think it was Willie that got Dad to come to Jackson Oldsmobile to sell cars. If they were not talking cars it would be golf, maybe the name of Jackson Oldsmobile should be Jackson Golf Course,lol. I will only have good memories of Willie, I wish the family the best.

Lloyd Elliott

March 12, 2021

My condolences to the family.
I worked with Willie at Jackson Olds in the early 80's. I can honestly say he was respected by me and all that knew him. His love for people and life was evident. He had a gift for encouraging you when it was needed and he knew how to motivate in a positive way.
Willie is an excellent example of why we call those in his age group, 'The Greatest Generation'.
He certainly will be missed by his family and all that knew him.

Andy Watson Jr

March 12, 2021

Kay...your Dad was a giant of a man-in my book & in so many!!!
Genuine-real-trusted-highly respected ....
He had a special gift in:Leadership....
He loved his family....
The sayin’:”only one life ,it soon will pass...
Only what is done w/ love will last..”
That is the Lovett Legacy in my book..Love....
He was from:The Greatest Generation!!
&
He had a great sense of humor!!!!
I was fortunate to have witnessed his positive influence by his positive examples...
May God’s peace & His comfort be w/ you & your family always....
Sincerely & Respectfully,
Andy Watson, Jr.
Lanier ..Class of ‘67


Cheryl Lovett Evridge

March 11, 2021

I wish to express my sympathy to the Lovett family on the loss of their loved one. Willie was my Uncle Tee, the younger brother of my father. I have such fond memories of Uncle Tee while growing up and it greatly saddens me to know he is no longer with us. I pray for his family to have peace. Love to you all.....Cherry

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY