Villa Demond Lovin, age 90, of Quitman, Arkansas, departed this life on May 22, 2013, at White County Hospital in Searcy, Arkansas. She was born on April 6, 1923, in Quitman, Arkansas, to the late Lydia Elizabeth Freeman Hodges and Thurman Joseph Hodges. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, William Fay Lovin, a sister, Martha Emmalene Moore Gateley, a brother, Danny Mikel Hodges, a grandson, Toby Francis Leonard, and a granddaughter, Loretta Ann Gray Hewitt.
Mrs. Lovin is survived by sisters Rena Verl Pike of Quitman, Arkansas, and Wilma Jean White of Springfield Illinois; three sons, Deon(Nancy) Lovin of Little Rock Arkansas, Kenneth (Gail) Lovin of Clarendon, Arkansas, and Dale (Lisa) Lovin, Quitman, Arkansas; five daughters, Janette (Eddie) Masoner of Mabelvale, Arkansas, Mildred (Velton) Fulton of Heber Springs, Arkansas, Marlene (Curt) Williams of El Paso, Arkansas, Joyce (Burlon) Burmingham of Heber Springs, Arkansas, and Barbara (Philip) Lovin-Weber of Fayetteville, Arkansas; 16 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and 7 great-great grandchildren; and her many friends.
Mrs. Lovin was a long standing member of the Wesley Chapel General Baptist Church in Quitman, Arkansas. She devoted her life to the Lord at an early age and was an inspiration to her family and friends in her faith and community spirit. She was often looked upon as a hero by many for her tireless passion for gardening. Many will remember her as the little lady in the bonnet with the rubber boots mowing the front yard. She was known by many friends, neighbors, and relatives for her superb cooking skills. She was always delighted to serve any and all. She accomplished many works and orchestrated many roles in life, as a homemaker, farmer, factory worker, and much more. She will be sorely missed.
Visitation is scheduled for Friday evening, May 24, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Olmstead Funeral Home in Heber Springs, Arkansas. A celebration of her life will be held at Wesley Chapel General Baptist Church in Quitman, Arkansas, on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Brothers Terry Hill and Chris Carlton will officiate the service.