In Memory

Lonnie Gardner Lovell

Lon Lovell went home to God on Wednesday, October 21,2015 after a brave battle with cancer. He was born in Cleveland, Alabama on November 5, 1947 and moved to Odessa, Texas in 1961. After graduating from UTEP he began his career as a CPA, moving to Dallas in 1972. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Kathy Lovell; brothers- Stephen, Lowell and Ashley; son-Steve Lovell and their respective spouses. He was passionate about his church music ministries, his ACTS community, baseball and his son's activities. He will be greatly missed by his family, church community and many friends.

The visitation for Lonnie Lovell will be on Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Restland Funeral Home.

Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial for Lon will be at St. Patrick Catholic Church at 9:30 AM on Monday, October 26, 2015.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Restland Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 13005 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75243 at Restland Road.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be given to St. Patrick ACTS.


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10/21/15 10:31 PM #1    

Anna Marie Wilbanks (Connally)

Following is what Lonnie's son posted on facebook today, 10/21/15:

Early this morning my father Lon Lovell lost his battle with cancer. He is now free of pain and is smiling down from heaven with his mother and father. Funeral services will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 9643 Ferndale Rd. Dallas TX 75238, on Monday October 26. There will be a Rosary at 9:30am followed by a funeral mass (approx 10am) and then burial at Restland. If you loved my Dad or he loved you, the whole Lovell family would love to see you there.

10/22/15 11:50 AM #2    

Patsy Marie Boman

So sorry to hear this!  RIP Lonnie!

10/22/15 03:59 PM #3    

Kenneth Ray Patterson

So Sorry to read about Lonnie. I believe I am correct on this - some may not be aware how he was associated with Texas Western College now UTEP after graduation where he attended with the purpose of playing basketball ( as well as receiving an education, I assume, but Lonnie did love basketball). Hollywood made a movie ( Glory Road ) about Don Haskins the head basketball coach who started the first ever NCAA basketball game with 5 African American players. I am guessing Lonnie knew the coach well. Lonnie and I had some classes together at OHS as well as at OC. Good guy and I know will be missed by many certainly I am part of that group.

02/03/17 10:08 AM #4    

Billy Mac Brown

After high school, Lonnie attended Odessa College and played on the basketball team there for two years.  He first was married to Deborah Sparks in Odessa in 1966.  I had them both in my biology class the second semester of our freshman year.  They divorced in 1972 in Odessa.  I had left Odessa in 1967 to enter the Army and I came back for good in 1972 after I had finished college in May.  I had run into his brother and he told me that Lonnie had been living in El Paso.  I don't know who initiated the divorce proceedings but either Deborah or Lonnie or both had been living in Odessa in 1972.  Since he is shown to have graduated UTEP in 1972, I suspect that Deborah initiated the divorce from Ector County.   I would inquire about Lonnie at the OHS football games with his brother who had season tickets in the same area over the past 15 years are so.   He told me that Lonnie was living in Dallas and doing well. The last time I talked with him was that Lonnie was ill and that all he said. 

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