Jack Lovegrove, age 89, of Oak Ridge passed away Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Methodist Medical Center.
Jack was born April 11, 1924, in Jonesboro, Tenn., to the late Arthur B. and Hattie Osborne Lovegrove. He joined the Navy in 1943 and served in World War II until 1946, attaining the rank of MM2C. Jack loved his country and considered it a great honor to serve in the military. It was due to this love that he joined the Army in 1948 and served in Korea and was honorably discharged in 1952 having attained the rank of SFC.
In 1952, he moved to Oak Ridge. He was employed with Union Carbide at the Y-12 plant as a machinist until his retirement. Jack and his family became members of Central Baptist Church and was also a member of the International Machinist Union. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and traveling having visited all 50 states.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a grandson Todd Allmon.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years Kathryn Markland Lovegrove of Oak Ridge; son Randy Lovegrove and his wife Joni of Oak Ridge; daughter Susan Debord and her husband Johnny of Oak Ridge; grandchildren David Lovegrove and his wife Kara of Atlanta, Daniel Lovegrove of Oak Ridge, and Brandon Allmon of Oak Ridge; great-grandchildren Mary Lovegrove, Miller Lovegrove, Sierra Allmon, Jaden Allmon, and Lucas Allmon; and many close friends.
The funeral service will be held Monday Sept. 30, at Central Baptist Church with Rev. Glenn Ellis interment to follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. Receiving of friends will be prior to the service at the church from 12 to 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be sent to Central Baptist Church, 130 Providence Rd. Oak Ridge, TN 37830.