Wilburn Grant Lovelady, age 87 of Leachville, passed from this life, Sunday April 15, 2012, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. A lifelong Leachville resident, he was the son of the late Rufus and Marie Roberts Lovelady and a 1944 graduate of Leachville High School. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II and a longtime member and Deacon of the Leachville First Baptist Church. Mr. Lovelady was a longtime employee of the Arkansas-Missouri Power Company and later retired as the manager of Associated Natural Gas Company in Leachville. He was a former Leachville City Councilman and served many years on the Leachville Volunteer Fire Department.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Mary Wilda Stewart Lovelady of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Marsha Lovelady of Dexter, Mo.; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Stan Simpkins of Paragould;
four grandchildren, Jason Simpkins, Jared Simpkins, Kurt Lovelady, and Kara Wilson; five great-grandchildren, Justus Lovelady, Cori Lovelady, Libby Wilson, Sidney Simpkins, and Tucker Simpkins.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the First Baptist Church in Leachville with Rev. David Price officiating. Burial will follow in Leachville Cemetery under the direction of Howard Funeral Service of Leachville. The family will receive visitors Tuesday evening from 6-8 at the funeral home. Guest register @www.HowardFuneralService.com