Last week’s paper had a simple obituary about a 95-year old man named B. Lovett. The obituary did not say enough. This man may not have had children, but he had a family. That family was our community. “Beloved”, as many thought he was really named, was an institution in McGehee. He mowed yards for most of his life. At least that’s how I knew him. In the early mornings and the late afternoons, he could be seen (pushing a red mower with big wheels in the back) up, then down North 2nd Street.
The people’s yards he tended, Sam Bowman, Mildred Sharp and Mark Sherland are welcoming B. as a friend in Heaven. But B. will be missed here on earth. He had a work ethic you don’t see often today. He had an easy smile and a wave that made you feel good about life. He didn’t complain. He didn’t expect much from others. He just worked, lived, and lived well.
He served our country in the years long before he mowed yards. He needs to be remembered and remembered with respect. Let’s have his name placed on the Veteran’s Memorial, so his legacy can continue. In memory of B. Lovett, please send donations to: 108 N. First St., McGehee, AR.