Reverend James Franklin Lovelady, Sr., age 64, of Blytheville, died Thursday, March 17, 2011, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born in the Clear Lake Community near Blytheville, he was the son of the late Elliot F. and Lessie Hughes Lovelady and had been a lifelong Blytheville resident. He had been employed by ACCO Cable Manufacturing of Blytheville and was very active in his community. He often volunteered at the Blytheville Senior Citizen's Center and ministered regularly at the Mississippi County Union Mission. He was an active member of the Clear Lake Baptist Church near Blytheville where he served as a Sunday School teacher and bus driver.
He is survived by a son, James F. Lovelady, Jr. of Jonesboro; his ex-wife, Shirley Lovelady of Blytheville; five step-sons, Scotty Hammock, Ricky Hammock, Jeri Lynn Ennis and Dustin McCone, all of Blytheville and William Binkley of Ripley, Tenn.; six step-daughters, Debbie McCone, Sandra West, Kay Hammock and Bobbie Jo Carter, all of Blytheville, Tammy Wrinkles of Gosnell, and Melissa Mirales of Osceola; a sister Geraldine Powdrill of Timpson, Texas. He also leaves 2 grandchildren, 28- step-grandchildren and 38 step-great-grandchildren.
Memorial Service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 21, 2011, at the Clear Lake Baptist Church with Rev. Robert P. Duhon officiating.
Howard Funeral Service of Manila is in charge of arrangements. To sign the guest register, log on to www.howardfuneralservice.com