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Jeff Lovelace, Jr. 72, of North Little Rock, was born July 26, 1946 to the late Rev. Jeff Lovelace, Sr. and the late Lessie Sypert Lovelace. He was the second of three children born to this union. Jeff, Jr. spent his early childhood in Kansas City, Missouri, where he attended Wendell Phillips Elementary School. In the early 1950’s, he and his siblings returned to North Little Rock, Arkansas, where he attended Scipio A. Jones High School. During his high school years, Jeff was regarded as a mathematician, leader and scholar, receiving many honors. He was a member of the football team, and voted as Jr. Mister Jones High School in 1961. He graduated from Scipio A. Jones High School of North Little Rock in 1964. After graduating from Scipio A. Jones High School, Jeff enrolled and attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee on a full scholarship. At Fisk University, he soared in academics. After graduating from Fisk University, Jeff was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam war era, where he served from November 25, 1969 through November 20, 1971. Always a high achiever, he received several honors including the National Defense Service medal, the Vietnam Service medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 device, the Army Commendation medal, the Bronze Star medal and the Good Conduct medal.
Upon being discharged from the United States Army ranked as an SP5, Jeff attended Worchester Polytechnic Institute in Worchester, Massachusetts where he received a Master’s Degree in engineering. Shortly after graduation, he landed a position as an engineer with the Gillette Company, in Boston Massachusetts, where he enjoyed a successful career for over 20 years. Afterwards, he became an entrepreneur which led him into opening and operating his own import/export business. This allowed him to travel worldwide, particularly to Brazil.
He leaves to cherish his passing, sisters: Maxine Lovelace Graves of Conway, Arkansas; Saundra Lovelace Harris and Evelyn Lovelace, both of North Little Rock, Arkansas; a brother, Ron Morrow, of Kansas City, Missouri; a special friend, Sandy Strother, of Boston, Massachusetts; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. There will be a graveside service on July 26, at 1:00 pm at the Arkansas State Veteran's Cemetery in North Little Rock. Kelly Smith Funeral and Cremation Services (8424 Kanis Road * 501-612-5607 in Little Rock, Arkansas), will be serving the Lovelace families. For more information, to sign online guest register, send flowers/condolences/photos and to light an "In Loving Memory Of" candle. www.kellysmithfunerals.com
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