Billy Joe Lovin

billy lovin

December 30, 1946 ~ September 1, 2011

Resided in: Asheville, NC

Billy Joe Lovin, 64, of Asheville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 1, 2011 at his residence. He was a native of Madison County and the son of the late Alvin Harold Lovin and Irene Mary Chumney Lovin. He was a US Air Force veteran serving in the Korean Conflict. Bill worked his longest period of time with Wilson Art in Fletcher and a school bus driver for North Buncombe Middle School. More recently, he worked for Ingles Woodland Hills Store. Bill volunteered in the West Asheville Little League and children’s church at the Candler House of Prayer. Bill was known to all as a caring husband, father, friend and neighbor. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Debra Moore Lovin; three sons, Michael Lovin and girlfriend, Brittney of Arden, Matthew Lovin and girlfriend Amber of Asheville and Afc. Jonathan Lovin and girlfriend Meghan of Cheyenne, WY.; one sister, Geraldine Jenkins and husband Dwight of Arden; three brothers, James Harold Lovin and wife Jane of Swannanoa, Bob Lovin and wife Carol of Asheville and Jerry Lovin and wife Brenda of Raleigh; sister-in-law, Diana Boone and husband John of Barnardsville; several nieces and nephews and his best friend, Roger Carpenter. A memorial service will be held 6:00 PM on Monday in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home East Asheville on Tunnel Road with the Rev. Leon Stewart and Rev. Jack R. Gassaway officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. The Lovin family would like to acknowledge the staffs of Four Seasons Hospice and Mission Hospitals for the care Bill received during his time of illness. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice.

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  1. If there is anything you need please feel free to call. I will always remember Bill nad our time we cut up with each other at Ingles.

  2. Jerry & family,

    We were saddened to learn of the loss of your brother. You are always in our prayers.
    Love Zevie & Kathy, Seth & Cody

  3. My dearest Debra, Michael, Matthew, Jonathan and family

    Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of Bill. My heart is saddened by your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the comfort of God help carry you during this difficult time and may you find peace and comfort in the precious memories you cherish of Bill as a husband, father, uncle, friend, and brother.

    Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
    May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
    ~Author Unknown

  4. I am very sadden to hear about Bill’s passing my thoughts and prayers are with the family during this hardest time. I have known Bill for number of years and worked with Bill at Ingles, WoodLandHills store for number of years he became a close friend of the family he will be missed deeply. From the Rice’s family, Bruce, Lisa, Josh, Heidi and Eugene may he rest in peace and our deepest symponthy goes out to his wife and family.

  5. The boys and I are so sorry to hear of Bill’s death. He was a great guy and we will miss visiting with him at Ingles and exchanging our family updates. He so loved and was proud of all of you. Melissa, Hunter, Greyson and Andrew

  6. Dear Debra and Family, I am so very sorry about Bill, did not know he was even sick. I visited often with him at Ingles. My deepest sympathy. With Love and Prayers. Ann

  7. Sorry for your loss. Keep faith in GOD and u wil one day soon see him again I love u all and am so very sorry. Mike brother anything u need or someone to talk to my here for you son

  8. My Thoughts and PRAYERS are with the Lovin Family. I ask God to place his arms around the Family and COMFORT each of you with this loss.

  9. Matt,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that God will cover you and your family during this difficult time.
    Sharon Davidson

  10. Deb and Family:
    Our heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Bill never failed to ask how my health situation was each time I came in the store. He will be highly missed by all of us.God bless you in every way! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!

  11. Dear Debra and family. Libby and I are so sorry to hear about Bill. Know that we will always be thankful for having you in our lives. Blessings; Chuck and Libby

  12. What can I say about Billy that hasn’t been said? He was a sweet kind man who will be missed. I worked with him at Ingles for a long time. He could always make my day better. He talked of family and how much his wife and boys were loved. It’s been years since I’ve seen him but I will always remember the smile on his face. I hold a place in my heart for Billy. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I will miss him as will so many others. Strength to his family during this difficult time.

  13. I worked with Bill for 2 and a half years, and talked to him everyday he was there. Sat down to have lunch with him countless times. Praying for your family, and sorry I didnt get to come and see ya bill.You were deffinitley one cool guy.

  14. How lucky we are to have known such a kind loving man as Bill.Never an unkind word did he speak. Bill Lovin will be deeply missed from the Sargent Family and will always be remembered with love,Deepest Sympathy to his boys and loving wife.God Bless you all, Bill,Stacy,Billy & Samantha

  15. To Bill’s family, I am very saddened to hear of his passing. I worked with him for many years @ Ingles, Woodland Hills. He was always smiling and he was a very good friend to me. He will be missed but never forgotten!

  16. Debra and Family: We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Bill. He will always be in our memory as a wonderful, generous and caring neighbor. We enjoy the many flowers and plants he gave us over the years in our garden. Your family’s kindness to ours over the years will never be forgotten. We pray that God’s peace and mercy will carry you through these difficult times, and you are in our prayers.

    Carroll, Suzette and James Bartlett

  17. Jerry,
    As a close friend and co-worker from the ole CP&L days, Shirley and I want to pass along our condolences to you and the rest of your family in the loss of your brother. I know you’re very close with your family and this will leave a void in your life, but as Christians we know we will stay strong in our faith that God will see us through these tough times.

  18. To Buddy and his family we know to well how sad it is to loss a loved one. Just remember the good times and wonderful memories you all have of Bill and time shared together. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  19. So sorry for your loss. Praying for the family that God will give you peace and understanding in this time of grief. If you need anything at all just call!

    Amanda Penland

  20. Hi Debbie, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I posted my last pictures of Billy from the July 4, 2009 celebration at Barnardsville on my facebook page. I have known ‘Billy’ as I called him since he was 16 and a bagboy at the old A&P grocery store on Tunnel Road where my Mother (RIP) worked. There are many funny & good memories that I will cherish of Bill & I, Penny & Mike Haney(RIP), and the two of you. ‘Billy’ will always have a place in my heart. May God be with you and your family during this most difficult time.

  21. I have so many great memories with Billy and Debbie and all the boys. I am so sorry for each of you. My best memories involve Billy making a funny situation out of anything. A great brother n law and friend. Love to all of you, Aunt Patty

  22. Deb, Fondest of memories of Bill. What a delight he was in our lives. In our hearts and prayers.

    Mike and Violet Russell

  23. Debra, I am so very sorry for you and your family. You are such a sweet and loving person. I will continue to pray for you all during this difficult time.

  24. Matt,
    We wanted to pass on our condolences. Our thoughts, and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  25. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Matt, we love you and will always consider you part of our family. God bless you.

  26. Dear Lovin Family,
    It is with sadness that I write this note about your loved one. I have known Billy since he was a student at A.C. Reynolds in the ’60s and during the past few years renewed that acquaintance at the Ingle’s at Woodland Hills. As a student he was always smiling and had such a charming personality. I found this to be true also the past few years also. I never went into the store that we did not have a little chat about something from the past, and let me tell you he surely loved his boys and wife. They always entered into the conversations. He was so proud of his boys. I did not know he was sick until it was posted on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. Will keep the family in my prayers.
    May the peace of God be with you in the coming days.
    Love in Christ,
    Ethel Jacobson, Retired Librarian of Reynolds

  27. We are so sorry for the passing of Bill. He was a great husband,father, and friend. He will be missed. May God bless you and keep you in His arms.

  28. To the Lovin Family: I’am so sorry for your loss. My memories of the family are from the Nazarene Day Care, I had the pleasure of having Michael & Matthew in my class there. Michael always had a special place in my heart. Bill always had a fondness for my daughter Allison. Bill was a special person, He & Debra had a very wonderful loving family. He will be greatly missed.
    (Miss Rose)
    Rsoe Mary Mckinney

  29. To all the Lovin Family, I am deeply sorry for the loss of your loved one. This has brought back all the old memories we all shared at the Oteen Drug Store, LaMore’s Pharmacy, and our high school days at Reynolds.
    May God’s hope-filled promises bring comfort to your soul and peace to your hearts.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  30. Our prayers are with each of you during this time. Working with Billy at Wilsonart, he always brought laughter to his co-workers. May God bless each of you.

    Danny, Tracy, Brandi Guffey

  31. First off ‘Uncle Bill’…. Thank you so so much for all you did in my life growing up. Philip and I loved hanging out with you guys all the time and admired the strong loving family you have! I miss and love you! Secondly to the rest of the gang… It’s been too long since I’ve seen you and I’m going to have to when I go to NC! I love y’all and miss you & wish you weren’t having to go through this. Xoxoxoxo

  32. I was so sorry to hear about Billy, did not know until today. I just remember all the good times I used to have at your home when we were all still in school. He was always such a sweet, wonderful kid and I am sure he grew up to be equally as wonderful. We will keep all of you in our prayers. God Bless.

  33. Dear Family of Billy Jo,

    My family was a neighbor to the Lovin family in Azalea, NC. As a child, I grew to believe the Lovin family was part of my own family.

    I remember Geraldine taking a bus trip with my mother and me. Mama loved the Lovin children, especially Billy Jo. For a while, I began to believe that Billy Jo was one of my brothers. He stayed at our house for a while after my father died, and we had to move from Azalea.
    I remember Billy Jo as fun loving, caring, and a good friend. He always had a smile on his face.
    I just wish that I could have shared some of my appreciations with Billy Jo.
    I am so sorry that I missed the memorial. I did not have time to read the older newspapers until yesterday. My heart goes out to the family.
    Barbara ‘Cookie’ Case Fedock

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