I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. II Timothy 4:7-8
Johnnie Lee Lovett was 90 years of age when he gained his heavenly wings on October 4, 2020. Johnnie Lovett was born on November 13, 1929, the first born to the late Joshua and the late Geneva Smart Lovett. He was affectionately known to many as Babe! He attended Taylor Chapel School. At an early age, he left school and went to work to help provide support for his family. His passion was working in the logging industry. He worked for Bill Lee LTD Logging until he retired. Johnnie did not believe in sitting still, so he started his own landscaping business, which he later retired from in his late eighties. Johnnie lived a long, healthy life. He only had to take a “One a Day Vitamin” until the age of eighty-nine. This was truly a blessing from God.
Johnnie was truly a man of God. He lived and practiced what he believed in. After, the passing of his wife, Adeline Lexie Lovett, he was mother, father, and granddad for twenty-seven years for his family. He took care of his family without ever complaining. He was often complimented and questioned about his beautiful blue eyes. One of Johnnie’s favorite sayings were “Sho-Nuff.” Johnnie has never ever in his life gotten a haircut before; he only had to get a tape up, when he needed it. His hair was just that perfect. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, playing the guitar, and drawing love knots. He would often take his children hunting, and they also loved it. He even taught his grands how to draw love knots. Johnnie would always plant a garden, and everyone loved to buy his pigeon peas and butter beans. His favorite colors were red and blue. His favorite cars were the Cadillac and Chevy. Johnnie was truly an Angel sent by God. If you knew or met him, you were blessed by him.
Johnnie accepted Christ in his life under the leadership of the late Bishop Patience Hopkins and the late Bishop BJ Sanders. He served as a deacon at New Zion Holiness Church, Clyo, GA, and he took his servitude profoundly seriously. Johnnie would often testify how he received the “Holy Ghost” by calling on the name of Jesus. He would say, “Bishop Hopkins would say, ‘Call Him a little louder, Deacon Johnnie.” The last time, he shared this testimony was September 18, 2020, to his granddaughter Felecia McCollum. As he was sharing his testimony, he was quickened in the SPIRIT. Johnnie later joined New Beginnings Holiness Church, where he served as a deacon under the late Bishop M. Adkins. He loved his pastor and his church family diligently. He would often sing his favorite songs: “Put Your Time in Pay Day is Coming After a While” and “Who Will Be a Witness for My Lord.” He would always pray and wish his blessings upon everyone. He believed in fasting and praying and encouraged everyone to do the same. He would say, “You need to push your plate back,” meaning you need to fast to get power from God! Johnnie was a free hearted person, he would give to anyone in need. He counseled many marriages by telling them to love each other and do not go to bed mad. He believed in telling everyone the truth and encouraged everyone to live by the truth from the word of God. Johnnie would get on his knees and pray every night until the Lord called his name. He also encouraged everyone to get on their knees before going to bed and pray.
On December 11, 1957, he was joined in Holy Matrimony to the late Adeline L. Lexie. Ten children were born to this union. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joshua and Geneva Smart Lovett, and siblings, Isaiah, Thomas, and Joseph Lovett, Albertha Fitts, Bishop Susie Mae Woods, Mother Elise Singleton, Thelma Cross Gamble, Geneva Daughtry, and Edgar Lovett.
Johnnie is survived by many and leaves to forever cherish his precious memories and legacy: Johnnie Mae of Effingham County, Darrel Lee Lovett of GA, Darlene (Stanley) Bright of Clyo, GA, Jackie (Jerome) Pelote and Cheryl (Willie) Pelote, both of Newington, GA, Yolanda (Roderick) Williams of Clyo, GA, Gynetta Faye Buckner of Rincon, GA, Rachelle Lovett of Springfield, GA, Patrick Lovett (Keondra Bostick) of Springfield, GA, and Jeffery Lovett of Claxton, GA; thirty-seven grandchildren; forty-five great-grandchildren; brothers, Rodney Lovett and Milton Lovett both of Savannah, GA; goddaughter, Margaret Lynette Walker (Young); a host of nieces and nephews whom he loved and talked about dearly; very special friends, Roberta Goldwire and family, the late Phillip John Saraf (like a brother), the Fort family, the Lee Family, the Craps family, and the Smith family; and many other relatives and sorrowing friends.
Due to the current state of(COVID-19) pandemic and in order to promote social distancing, as ordered by the Governor for the State of Georgia, anyone entering the funeral home for viewing; as well as attending the graveside service will be required to wear a mask. We will also limit the number of persons allowed to enter the funeral home at any given period during the viewing process. We ask that you leave the premise upon exiting the building. The family is most appreciative to each of you for your prayers and considerations during this difficult time in their lives.
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