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Henry Neal Lovelace / March 12, 2019

Henry Neal Lovelace died Sunday, March 10, 2019 in Henderson, N.C., at the age of 81. He was born March 30, 1937, in Steele, Mo., and raised by his parents, Henry and Ethel Lovelace.

Henry transferred from the North Arkansas conference in 1967. He was an ordained elder in the Methodist church serving churches in the North Carolina Conference. He spent 31 years under appointment. Henry graduated from Hendrix College, Conway, Ark., and Duke Divinity School, Durham, N.C. He was secretary-treasurer of Partners in Caring in the North Carolina United Methodist Conference for more than 20 years. During his retirement, he dedicated great energy leading as an interim pastor. He led worship throughout every denomination.

Henry was a founding member of the Townsville Volunteer Fire Department and involved in the Townsville and Creedmoor Lions Clubs. He volunteered at the local fire department in every community that he served as a minister.

Henry was devoted to God, his family and his community. He believed in the value of every person and worked throughout his life for people to know the love of God.

Henry is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ann Tidwell Lovelace; his daughter Kimberly Benfield (Mark); his sons, Christopher Lovelace (Donna) and Mark Lovelace (Ann), four grandchildren and a special family member, Trudy Tidwell.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Jerry and Bill and a sister, Marjorie Crawford.

A celebration of his life and ministry will be held Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m. at Tabernacle United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Tabernacle UMC, P.O. Box 100, Townsville, NC 27584.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The Lovelace family is under the care of Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home.

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