Michael James Lovejoy, 81, of Russellville, died Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at his home. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM, Monday, March 7, 2022, at Humphrey Funeral Chapel with Steve Sexson officiating. A private committal service was recently held in the new Chapel of Light at the J. Herman Humphrey Dignity Cremation Center by Humphrey Funeral Service. Full military honors will be provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Roger-Rye Post #2283. Family visitation will be 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, on Monday, at the funeral home.
The son of James and Mary V. (Jones) Lovejoy, he was born May 27, 1940, in Boone, Iowa. He married Virginia Lee (Killins) Lovejoy, on April 4, 1962, in Pope County.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two granddaughters, Shenna and Jenna Lovejoy; a brother, John R. Miller; and two sisters, Violet Campbell and Lana Hicks.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia; three sons: James Michael Lovejoy, John Aaron Lovejoy (Regina) and Will Lang (Janell) all of Russellville; two brothers: Dennis Lovejoy (Leona) of Dover, and Randy Miller (Debbie) of St. Louis, Missouri; three sisters: Sandra Y. Miller (Larry), and Sheryl E. Killins (John D.), both of Russellville, and Dixie Kitchen (Robert) of Peoria, Arizona; three stepsiblings: Gale Burdick (Wayne) of Oscelola, Arkansas, Jimmy Standridge of Portland, Oregon, and Jan Kadzik (Paul) of Gig Harbor, Washington; five grandchildren: Mikel, Dylan, Russell, Haley & Tawny Lovejoy; and nine great grandchildren: Ellie, Aaliyah, Raelynn, Bryson, Wyatt, Gunner, Viola, Taylyn and Britley.
Mike was a Security Guard at Arkansas Nuclear One, rising from his entry level in basic security to Safety Coordinator, and eventually becoming an investigator for 27 years. He and Virginia were members of the Westside Church of Christ of Russellville where he served as deacon and taught 5th graders in the Wednesday evening program.
He enjoyed mechanic work on dirt track racecars, woodwork, writing poetry, yard work, collecting Woodstock & Snoopy Memoriabilia, and watching his grandchildren play. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Pope County Memorial Chair, C/O Judy Murphy, 126 Lakeview Circle, Russellville, AR 72802 (479) 967-1117.
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