Salem Funeral Home Chapel
120 S. Main St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Sunday, Oct 23, 2011
Aug 21, 1942 - Oct 16, 2011
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC
Andrew Mitchell Lovette, Jr.
August 21, 1942 – October 16, 2011
Walnut Cove - On the 21st day of August, 1942, in Petersburg, Virginia, a small boy named Andrew Mitchell Lovette, Jr. was born into this world; though he would seldom be called by that name. Only a few short days after his birth, a neighbor lady stated that he bore a strong resemblance to her bulldog, Butch; and thus a nickname that would stick with him for the rest of his life was conceived. Butch and his mother Mildred, and his older brother Ed soon moved to North Carolina and settled in the hardworking neighborhood overlooking Winston-Salem known as City View. It was here that Butch spent his formative years and, heavily influenced by his Grandmother Lula, came to adopt such Scotch-Irish traits as self-reliance, kindness, honesty, and fierce independence. He learned early to work hard, but also to play hard and enjoy life and interpersonal relationships. He attended Walkertown High School where he played baseball, basketball, and despite his slight physical stature, stood out as a formidable football lineman. After high school, Butch attended Appalachian State Teachers College where he would meet the love of his life, Shirley Smith and thus begin a forty-seven year love story. They married and began careers as educators, he with Stokes County Schools. Butch began his education career as a social studies and physical education teacher, and football and baseball coach; but he soon realized that he had more to offer. After he was named to his first assignment as school principal in 1969, Butch spent nights and weekends obtaining a Masters of Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During his thirty-four years as school principal, Butch touched the lives and careers of hundreds of teachers, and thousands of students. He was not simply a school administrator; he was an educator. Rarely would Butch be found sitting behind a desk; he was too busy walking the halls, observing his teachers, staff, and students and providing mentoring, fellowship, and friendship. He was principal of Walnut Cove Primary, Southeastern Stokes Junior High, and Germanton Elementary.
Butch was also very active in his community. He served in leadership roles with the Old Hickory Council of the Boy Scouts of America, including serving as chairman of the Hanging Rock District. Among the many recognitions he received were Scouter of the Year Award and the District Award of Merit. Butch’s fondest memories of scouting were attending summer camp at Raven Knob with his sons Barry and Micah where he enjoyed spending a week out in the woods with no telephones available! He was proud that both sons earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Being a member of Stokesburg United Methodist Church, Butch served in many capacities, including chairman of the Administrative Council and chairman of the Trustees, but his most fulfilling position in the church was the six years that he and his wife spent as counselors of the UMYF. Butch enjoyed those Sunday night meetings - the pool matches, the refreshments, the planning of ski trips - all while helping the youth learn how to help others and to follow Christ.
Other community involvement in which Butch participated was serving as president of the Stokes County United Way and Walnut Cove Rotary Club, and as a member of the Stokes County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Butch was a dedicated blood donor and during his illness found how important this lifesaving program is to our society. Butch served as a member of the Walnut Cove Board of Commissioners and was elected mayor of Walnut Cove for three terms.
Retiring in 2003, Butch found time to renew friendships from his younger days. He enjoyed the monthly City View Gang breakfasts and keeping in contact with his classmates from Walkertown High School. He was also an avid golfer, Atlanta Braves and Mountaineer football fan, and enjoyed traveling, especially if he had any of his precious grandchildren with him. To Ethan, Shelby, and Sela he would want to say, “What a grand spring break you took me on!” and to Andrew and Beck, “I so enjoyed your sharing with me all those toys in your play room in PA.”
Andrew Lovette was preceded in death by his parents Mildred Ellen Pitts Lovette and Andrew Mitchell Lovette, Sr. and by a son Andrew Mitchell Lovette III. He is survived by his wife of 45 years Shirley Smith Lovette and by two sons and daughters-in-law and by five grandchildren - Barry and wife Joy of Birmingham, Alabama, and their daughters Shelby and Sela and Micah and wife Amber of Mocksville and their sons, Ethan, Andrew, and Beck. Butch had a special relationship with his sons, who were the joy of his life. He never tired of telling the boys how much he loved them. Over the last six weeks of his life, Butch learned just how devoted Barry and Micah were to him. He could not say often enough how fortunate he was that God had given him such special sons.
He is also survived by one brother James Edward Lovette and wife Jane of Bethania and niece Elisa and nephews Brian and Jayme, all of Winston-Salem and niece Catherine of Seabrook, NH. After his marriage Andrew became a brother to Jeannie Leggett of Clemmons, Bill Smith of Raleigh, John Smith of Greenville, Bob Smith of Winston-Salem, and Mark Smith of Clemmons as well as to their spouses. By just being Butch he was a favorite uncle to their children. Two other special children who found their way into Butch’s heart are Johnathan and Isabella Throckmorton of Walnut Cove.
A Celebration of the Life of Andrew Mitchell Lovette, Jr. will be held Sunday afternoon October 23, 2011, at two o’clock in the chapel at Salem Funeral Home with Pastor Wayne Marion officiating. Immediately following the service there will be a reception at the Lovette home in Walnut Cove.
The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers consideration be given for a donation in Butch’s memory to:
The Cancer Cure Foundation
910 La Cresta Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
In his five decades in Stokes County, Butch touched the lives of an untold number of people. He never met a person he did not consider a friend. He had a deportment and kindness of spirit that lifted the souls of all those with whom he came in contact. He had a gentle quietude of one cultivating a single garden, never imposing his way or will on others, but rather teaching by example. Even in his last days, as he battled against a horrible illness, he continued to lift up the lives of his friends and family. As a teacher, mentor, husband, father, grandfather, and friend, he will be sorely missed; as an example of a life well lived, Andrew Mitchell Lovette, Jr. will live on for a long time to come.
Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.
carolyn l throckmorton
My heart is reaching out to you,
For what you’re going through;
I’m thinking of you frequently
And praying for you, too.
If there’s something I can do,
Anything at all,
Think of me thinking of you,
And don’t hesitate to call.
carolyn and johnathan
Shirley and boys I am truely sorry for your loss. May God be with you in this time of need. Teacher SESMS 1975-1978
ROGER S. FULP
"Butch" will always be remembered by his fellow Walkertown graduates. My heart and prayers goes out to his family.
Jimbo and Lib
Dear Family and friends: Jim and I considered Butch a brother more than a first cousin. His love for his family was a model all of us need to follow.
I am sure his dear Mom is singing welcome home Butch. May we all meet him in the sweet by and by.
Cynthia Smith Mabe
One of the funniest, most genuine men I have ever had the pleasuring of knowing and working with...he will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Lovette family. Butch was more than excellent educator, he was an extraordinary man and a community leader. He was loved by his family, friends, and colleagues. He will be missed a great deal.
Gerald and Sandy Jones
Butch Lovette will be missed my many. He was a great educator and man. He always had a smile and a joke and he always left you with a smile on your face as well. What a a great assest to Stokes County Schools! Your family will be in our prayers over the next days and weeks to come.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lovette family during this time.
Eddie and Hilda Brackett
Shirley and family. We are truly sorry for your loss. Hilda still misses very much her time at Germanton Elementary and speaks often of Mr. Lovette. Our prayers and thoughts are with you folks at this time.
My sincere condolences to Shirley and the family. Besides being a fine educator and administrator, Butch always added some humor to our workshops, meetings, and golf outings. We have you in our thoughts and prayers.
Roy & Susan Pender
J.G. was kind enough to contact us about Butch. Please know that our thoughts are with all of you. Butch will be missed by a lot of us. Although we're in Southport, our love is sent to you, the boys and family in Walnut Cov.e
Brenda Love Blevins
My sincere sympathy to your family. Butch was my first principal at Walnut Cove Primary School and was so kind and supportive for a first year teacher. I have never forgotten his kindness and words of encouragement to me as a beginning teacher. May God bless your family in this time of sadness.
My family sends their deepest sympathy in this time of need. I had the pleasure of working with Butch as a fellow administrator in Stokes County. Butch was so much fun to work with and learn from in adminstration. My heart goes out to his family. It is so hard to let them go so soon after they have retired from so many years of dedication to the education field. I know my momma welcomed him with open arms. Her 31 years in kindergarten at Nancy Reynolds will give them lots to talk about. When you can, listen to the Perry's song "Celebrate Me Home". With love, Shannon Boles Principal at King Elementary
Mr. Lovette was the first principal I ever worked for. He was a very positive influence on me as a young teacher. You could always count on him to be helpful, candid and funny at the same time. I am blessed to have known and worked with him. My thoughts and prayers are with Shirley, Barry and Micah and the entire Lovette family.
John and Martha Neal
Butch"s passing is a tremendous loss, not only for his family but for all of Stokes County. He is truely a man to be admired and remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Shirley and family: May God be with you at this time. I have worked for many principals in my 35 year career. Mr. Lovette was one of those who "got out of your way" and let you do your job. He always had a smile on his face and he seemed to really care about his staff and his students. They don't make 'em like him anymore! I wish they did. Love to you all, Shirley.
David and Carolyn Crews
We are so sorry for your loss. Our loved ones continue to live on in our hearts. May the peace that comes from precious memories shared confort you now.
God bless each and everyone of you.
Mrs. Lovette I am very sorry for your loss. I want you to know that I am thinking of you and keeping you and your family in my prayers.
Joy Jones Zenker
You might know me, but I was a classmate of Butche's. I am so sorry about Butch passing, and I would like to send my prayers and goodwishes to you and your family.
Tom and Becky Dawson
It's terrible! A really super human being gone way too soon! Our hearts are saddened especially for your family. We pray God's strength for you all in the coming days, then weeks, then months. Our love and prayers remain with you.
Penny, Justin & Ashley Parker
We are so sorry to hear about Mr. Lovette.Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Please let us know if we can do anything for you & your family.
Love the Parkers
Rebecca Venable Grusser
Mrs. Lovette, I did not know your husband, but please know I am so sorry for your loss. I want to share a happy moment that is sure to make you smile ... I remember so well being in YOUR class at Walkertown... way back when.. I was Rebecca Venable, and you were Miss Shirley Smith... I remember when you and Mr. Lovette married and you showing us (your class) your wedding pictures. You were so proud to be Mrs. Lovette, and tell us of your new name. I can see that sparke in your eyes now and that beautiful smile. Hold close the many happy memories, they will be with you forever. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Johnnie & Bobbie Vineyard
The days ahead will be difficult without him, but we must use our faith to give us strength and hope. We pray that God will comfort you and keep you in His embrace. We are so sorry. We love you.
Mr. Lovette was the principal at Southeastern Jr. High my first year teaching. He was so kind and supportive of me as a beginning teacher. My heart goes out to Shirley, Barry, Micah and all the Lovette family. My prayers are with all of you.
Shirley,BARRY,Micah and FAMILY !
Loved "BUTCH" Like a brother !!!
OUR RELATIONSHIP GOES BACK TO HIS BIRTH ! SHIRLEY YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WITH BARRY, MICAH, THEIR FAMILY BY YOUR SIDE !!!!!! ---FAMILY, I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN VERY, VERY ETC. PROUD OF "BUTCH'S" LIFE.-----(FIRST COUSIN) RICK WESTMORELAND
Home goings are very sad, yet very joyful. Butch's entire family is powerfully blessed. God gives us time to enjoy with one other. Butch was fully aware of that and made the most of it. Because of this, many lives were blessed. There will never be another like Butch. God's word tells us Butch is now in a place of eternal peace, joy, liberty, love and freedom.... God's kingdom.... completely free of life's struggles. Shirley and family....... along with the Holy Spirit, we are ALL with you in this time of absence. Please rest assured Butch will truly never die.
Dear Shirley and Family:
I first met Mr. Lovette when he was principal at Germanton Elementary School. He was a wonderful principal and I will long remember his gift of humor and making everyone feel they were important. He had a special gift when it came to relationships.
Thank you for sharing him with Stokes County Schools. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad time. He leaves quite a legacy of being a servant to others.
Executive Director of Human Resources
Stokes County Schools
Mr. Lovette was my principal while I was at Germanton Elementary School. He was a kind and generous spirit who truly cared for others. My prayers are with the family. He will be missed.....
Laura Butler Southern
Dear Shirley, Barry and Micah,
I am sooooo sorry for your loss. You have been on my mind a lot. I know you wanted him to stay but God wanted him more!!! Love you guys. My heart is heavy. I have MANY fond memories of him and our Southeastern Jr. High and Stokesburg Church days. Love you!!!!
Mr. Lovette,"Butch", is and always will be the parameter by which I judge myself as an educator. He was a fantastic father, husband, friend, and mentor. Shirley,Barry, and Micah--please know that there are many, many people who have been influenced by Mr. Lovette. His legacy will continue to live on. You three and your extended families have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers for the days to come. We need to acknowledge now those who have made a difference. Mr. Lovette definitely made that difference in Stokes County and beyond. In Loving Memory! --K. Clary
Virginia Smith & Family
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Lovette family during this difficult time.