Blake Lovette, former president of Holly Farms and a community leader in Wilkes County, died Tuesday morning Sept. 29, 2020, with his family present at Forsyth Memorial Hospital in Winston-Salem. He had had a brief illness.
In addition to holding top corporate positions with poultry companies, Lovette served in Wilkes as a member of the Wilkes Board of Education (elected in 1996), on the boards of Wilkes Regional Medical Center for eight years (including five years as chairman), Wilkes Economic Development Corp. (including as chairman) and Wilkes Art Gallery. He also was on the Wilkes Social Services Board.
At the time of his death, Lovette was chairman of the Wilkes County Republican Party. He was the owner of Foothills Auto Spa in Wilkesboro.
Lovette, one of the seven children of C.O. and Ruth Bumgarner Lovette, was born on Dec. 19, 1942. He was raised on the family farm and sometimes spoke of the work ethic he learned from his parents and from working with his siblings.
Lovette married his high school sweetheart, Julia Wooten Lovette of Millers Creek, on June 30, 1963. Mrs. Lovette died in December of 2008.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Billy Wade Lovette, Rex Lovette, Fred Lovette and Gene Allen Lovette; and a sister, Bonnie Rhodes Lovette.
He is survived by three daughters, Sena Lovette-Crafton and husband, Hal, of Conway, Angela Lovette Ware and husband, David, of Winston-Salem and Amy Lovette Lankford and husband, Ted, of Cary; six grandchildren, Laura Brown Wetzel and husband, Will, Catherine Brown Clark and husband, Tyler, Blake Ware, Avery Ware, Julia Ruth Lankford and Gus Hall Lankford; great-grandson, John William Wetzel; brother, Pete Lovette and wife, Wilma, of Wilkesboro; brothers-in-law, Frank Rhoades of Wilkesboro and Charles Richard Wooten and wife, Jo Ann, of North Wilkesboro; and sisters-in-law, Carol Lovette and Betsy Lovette.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at Scenic Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Matt Farabow officiating.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
Inurnment will be in the columbarium of First United Methodist Church of North Wilkesboro at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Julia and Blake Lovette Scholarship Fund Study for the Sciences 3737 Glenwood Avenue Suite 460 Raleigh, NC 27612, or online at https://www.nccommunityfoundation.org/list-of-funds/julia-wooten-lovette-memorial-scholarship-for-the-study-of-the-sciences
Online condolences may be made at www.reinssturdivant.com.