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William Wade "Billy Wade" Lovette
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William Wade (Billy Wade) Lovette, Sr. of McQueeney, TX, formerly of Wilkes County, NC, died Monday, May 7th, 2018 at the age of 80.

Billy Wade was born February 8, 1938 in Wilkes County to C.O. and Ruth Lovette.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Monday, May 14, 2018 at Welcome Home Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Hugger and Rev. Charles Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Mountlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 3:00 until 5:00 Sunday at Reins Sturdivant Funeral Home.

Mr. Lovette is survived by his wife Carol Bumgarner Lovette, Son Bill Lovette Jr and wife Carolyn Jones Lovette, granddaughter, Jennifer Lovette all of Charlotte, North Carolina, grandson, Don Lovette and wife Keitha of Timnath, CO, great grandchildren, Madison, Jackson and Hudson Lovette; two brothers, Pete Lovette and Blake Lovette of North Wilkesboro, NC; sister-in-law Claudine Lovette and brother-in-law Frank Rhodes of North Wilkesboro, NC, sister-in-law Betsy Lovette of Cary, NC; oldest niece, Camille Lovette Eller and husband Robert Eller. Billy Wade was blessed with a large family that included many more nieces, nephews and cousins that he truly loved.

He is preceded in death by an infant daughter; parents C.O. and Ruth Lovette; brothers, Fred Lovette, Rex Lovette, Gene Allen Lovette and sister Bonnie L. Rhodes.

Billy Wade was part of our countries foundation in the poultry industry. He started work with his families business in Wilkesboro, NC, then onto Holly Farms when it was created in 1955. As a natural leader in 1967 he went on to manage the Holly Farms plant’s in Monroe, NC, Center, TX, Seguin, TX and Gonzalez, TX, from 1970 until retirement in 2003. He served on the Texas Poultry Federation Board as President, was the recipient of the Golden Feather Award in 1998 plus many more awards and recognitions in the poultry industry.

Billy Wade and his beloved wife Carol of 62 years were high school sweethearts. After moving to McQueeney to manage the Holly Farms Complex, they settled on Treasure Island and were very involved in the Lake McQueeney community. He and Carol loved traveling in the US and abroad, they took several trips to the Carolina’s each year. He is also a member of The First United Methodist Church in Seguin, TX.

NASCAR racing was one of his loves and still enjoyed the races until May 6, 2018 the day before his death. He enjoyed watching these races with his dog Bailey. In the early years of NASCAR, he was a member of the Holly Farms Racing team and worked the pits for the car #3 Junior Johnson. You could always find BW during NASCAR season watching every race. He loved to talk about all his fond memories and adventures during the early NASCAR years.

He was an avid hunter. His hunts included Wyoming, Montana, Colorado but his favorite was Texas whitetail deer hunting. After retiring from work and hunting he spent a lot of time on his fishing dock and off shore fishing. He was sharp and witty due to love of reading, his favorite topics were US History, especially WWII.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church Seguin 710 N. Austin St., Seguin, Texas 78155.

Online condolences may be made at www.reinssturdivant.com


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Previous Events

Visitation

Sunday

13

May

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home

270 Armory Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Service

Monday

14

May

10:00 AM
Welcome Home Baptist Church

132 Welcome Home Ch Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Cemetery Details

Location

Mountlawn Memorial Park

Hwy 18 North
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

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