In Memoriam : Jim Lovett

Jim Lovett Jim Dick Lovett - age: 77
(August 06, 1934 to September 29, 2011 )
Resident of Clarksville, Texas

Visitation Information:
The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5 at Clarksville Funeral Home.

Obituary:
The Honorable Judge Jim Dick Lovett, age 77, of Clarksville, passed away Thursday, September 29, 2011, at Paris Regional Medical Center. Judge Lovett was retired 6th District Judge for Red River, Lamar and Fannin Counties.

Judge Lovett was born August 6, 1934, in Clarksville to Ernest Otto and Ruth Williams Lovett. He married Annette Webb on August 11, 1956, in Long Beach, Mississippi. He was a member of the McKenzie Memorial United Methodist Church.

Jim Dick was a 4th-generation resident of Red River County. After graduating from Clarksville High School in 1951, he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas in 1956. Initially, he served as an attorney for oil companies, then returned to his beloved Clarksville in 1963 to raise his young family and begin his law practice. He was elected to the 6th District Court Judge in 1996 and retired in 2008.

His life was marked with leadership, innovation, and service. He was instrumental in forming the Child Welfare Board which served abused and neglected children. Contributions to the law included through speaking and writing, authoring over 30 books. He passionately advocated for his clients, which included local landowners and the injured. He served in leadership positions for numerous organizations, including President of the Texas Trial Association. During his tenure as judge, he was a leader in improving justice. He helped establish a successful probation rehabilitation program using horticulture. He was awarded a Presidential Commendation from the State Bar of Texas.
Texas history was important to him, and he authored a book on Red River County. He was chairman of the Red River County Courthouse Restoration Committee, which led to being awarded the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation in Texas. He had a vision for local economic development and served as chairman of the Tourism Committee.
Jim also enjoyed playing guitar with friends and flying. He was a generous man with deep convictions and a respect for human dignity, regardless of race or nationality. He administered justice, and showed mercy and compassion to his fellow man

Funeral services are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Monday, October 3, 2011, in Lindeman Chapel of Clarksville Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Colgrove officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Clarksville Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife Annette of the home; a son, Colin Lovett and wife Kathy of Ft. Worth; 3 daughters, Stephanie Anderson and husband Rodney of New Braunfels, Vicky Weller and husband Mike of Austin and Amanda Lovett of Clarksville; his grandchildren, Christine Anderson, Sarah Anderson, Amy Tostanoski, Lindsey Neill, Johathon Weller, Julie Weller and Catherine Presley; and 3 great grandchildren, Clayton, Micah and Eva.

Memorials may be made to McKenzie Memorial United Church,
P. O. Box 635, Clarksville Texas 75426








Susan George - September 30, 2011Contact this person Contact this person
Dear Annette and kids, I am so very sorry to hear about Judge Lovett. Our families have been friends for as long as I can remember, and I have many, many happy memories of your family. You all will be in my prayers. May you all be blessed. Love, Susan



D. Floyd - September 30, 2011Contact this person Contact this person
We were so sad to hear of the passing of Judge Lovett. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. David and Debbie Goode Floyd



Marty Wilcox - September 30, 2011Contact this person Contact this person
Dear family, So sorry for your loss and to say Judge Lovett was a very honorable man. He was a dear friend and know that he'll be missed. May God bless and give you peace during these sorrowful times. Our prayers, thoughts, and love to each of you.. Carl/Marty Wilcox



Tony Harbison - September 30, 2011Contact this person Contact this person
My daughters could not have ask for a better Granddad. Thanks Jim! May you rest in eternal peace..



Tony Harbison - September 30, 2011Contact this person Contact this person
My daughters could not have ask for a better Granddad. Thanks Jim! May you rest in eternal peace..



Kaye Johnson-Boulware - October 1, 2011Contact this person Contact this person
My prayers are with the family of Jim Dick. He was a friend to my family and I for many years. Your family will be in my thoughts in the coming days. Kaye Johnson Boulware



Leticia Cameron - October 1, 2011Contact this person Contact this person
Dear Amy, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during your time of need. May God bless you and keep you all strong. Leti Cameron and Family



Roger Peterson - October 2, 2011Contact this person Contact this person
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jim Dick. He was a good friend and associate for many years.



Catherine Friedel Johnson - October 2, 2011Contact this person Contact this person
I always deeply admired Uncle Jim as a child. When I was going through my divorce, I talked to him about some issues, and I realized how STRONG his convictions about children and their rights were! I always enjoyed visiting my Lovett cousins. What a wonderful family to be a part of. Aunt Annette and my cousins, you were so lucky. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Celebrate the life that was, and share all the good stories!! My prayers, my thoughts, and my love are with all of you. Love, Cathy



Veronica Ballard - October 2, 2011Contact this person Contact this person
Our deepest sympathies for the family. Judge Lovett was an iconic gentleman & truly intelligent, caring jurist. His passing is such a sorrowful event. He was such an amazing attorney & even better judge. He will be missed for years to come.



Teresa Harris - October 2, 2011Contact this person Contact this person
My condolences go to the family of Jim Dick Lovett. I worked with Jim on an East Texas history project a few years ago and found him to be a kind and thoughtful man with a sincere interest in history, particularly early Texas history. He forgave me for being born in Arkansas!



Howard Specter - October 3, 2011Contact this person Contact this person
Dearest Lovett Family: You & Jim Dick are in Elaine's and my hearts and prayers. His passing left a hole in my heart. Jim loved his family, the law, Texas (especially Red River), underdogs, fairness, good friends and a good time. And we loved him mightily for it. This giant left a great mark on many and will be missed and remembered.



Jim Branton - October 5, 2011Contact this person Contact this person
We lament the passing of a colleague who was a scholarly, professional, and caring lawyer, and later judge, who made an enormous contribution to the legal profession and the judiciary through his many published law books and lectures and through his service as President of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (1977-1978). He skilfully brought all this experience together to serve the public with distinction as a State District Judge at the culmination of his career. Let us not forget the non-law side of Jim Lovett, the guitar player, the singer of ballads and folksongs, the cook extraordinaire (Jim's Oriental Pepper Eggs), the connoisseur of fine wines, the multi-engine rated pilot, and award winning historian. Those of us who had the good fortune of knowing Jim will always treasure the impact he had on our lives.



Larry (Tom) Copeland - October 22, 2011Contact this person Contact this person
So sorry to hear about Jim Dick. He was a good friend.



Sidney Epperson - November 25, 2011Contact this person Contact this person
One good lawyer back in the late 60's and early 70's. We're sure of the same in his later years and as a judge. He will be sorely missed by many. Our prayers go out for his family.