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Minette Graham Lovett

May 7, 1931 September 4, 2018
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Obituary for Minette Graham Lovett

Green Sea, South Carolina

Mrs. Minette Graham Lovett, age 87, passed away peacefully on September 4, 2018 surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was born on May 7, 1931 and raised in Green Sea, SC, the second of four daughters to the late Leona Lupo Graham and Walter Brantley Graham.

She graduated from Green Sea High School in 1949 and Winthrop College in 1953 with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. She received a Masters Degree from East Carolina University in 1969 in Guidance and Counseling. She earned her Educational Specialist Degree through USC and the SC Department of Education in 1989.

She entered the work force as a caseworker at the Department of Social Services in Whiteville, NC for ten years. She then taught Social Studies at Green Sea High for three years and then became the Guidance Counselor there and at Green Sea Floyds High for 24 years, retiring in 1991. After retirement, she worked part-time in Adult Education and in Admissions at Horry Georgetown Technical College for five years.

She was married to the late Wilson Lovett of Tabor City who passed away in 1988. He was formerly the agriculture teacher and principal at Green Sea High before becoming the Director of the Finklea Career Center, the first career center to open in Horry County.

Mrs. Lovett is survived by three children: LaJuana Lovett of Cherry Grove Beach, Renee L. Long and husband, Steve of Pireway, NC and Kevin Lovett and wife Darlene of Green Sea. Also, three grandchildren who were the love of her life: Riley Wilson Lovett, Blakely Margaret Lovett and Banks Grayson Lovett all of Green Sea. They affectionately called her “Mimi.” She attended every school, athletic, and extra-curricular activity they participated in.

She is also survived by two sisters: Willie Jo Dowdey of Columbia, SC and Peggy Miller of Tabor City, NC. She was predeceased by her older sister, Colene Barnhill of Tabor City, NC. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a very dear and faithful friend, Irene Harrelson of Green Sea. They have been friends since grade school and Mrs. Irene never failed to call or visit weekly.

Since her retirement, Mrs. Lovett traveled extensively in the US and abroad. She was also very active in the Green Sea Baptist Church and the community. She helped acquire the old Green Sea High School property which was given to Green Sea Baptist Church. With the help of her dear friend, Irene Harrelson, they helped to acquire the land in front of the Green Sea Baptist Church from the late Frances Derham Brown and husband Wilbur Brown. It is now known as the Green Sea Memorial Gardens. She has overseen the care of the Green Sea Cemetery for over thirty years. She co-wrote a book called The Green Sea School and Community. She helped to organize trips for seniors at Green Sea Baptist Church. She did babysitting in the past for her three precious grandchildren, a job she thoroughly enjoyed. She helped to obtain a $7,000 grant used to set up an archives room at Green Sea Baptist to preserve its past and present history. With the assistance of a dear friend, Glenda C. Stephens, she helped to acquire the Green Sea Baptist Historical Marker as a memorial to their parents, Mr. & Mrs. Walter Graham and Mr. & Mrs. John Clemons, Jr. Lastly, Mrs. Lovett was named one of the Horry Telephone Cooperative Hometown Heroes in 2008 for work she had done for her community.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Green Sea Cemetery, c/o Green Sea Baptist Church, P.O. Box 125, Green Sea, SC 29545 or Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Green Sea Baptist Church with Pastor Charles Brust officiating. Committal services will follow at Green Sea Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11:30 AM until 12:45 on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Green Sea Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Please sign Ms. Lovett’s online guestbook at hardwickfuneralhome.com or call Hardwick Funeral Home at 843-756-7001 for further information.


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Visitation

Thursday

6

Sep

11:30 AM 9/6/2018 11:30:00 AM - 12:45 PM 9/6/2018 12:45:00 PM
Green Sea Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

1241 Green Sea Road
Green Sea, SC 29545

Green Sea Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
1241 Green Sea Road Green Sea 29545 SC
United States

Service

Thursday

6

Sep

1:00 PM 9/6/2018 1:00:00 PM
Green Sea Baptist Church

1241 Green Sea Road
Green Sea, SC 29545

Green Sea Baptist Church
1241 Green Sea Road Green Sea 29545 SC
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Green Sea Cemetery Final Resting Place

1241 Green Sea Road
Green Sea, SC 29545

1241 Green Sea Road Green Sea 29545 SC
United States

Memorial Contribution

Green Sea Baptist Church Cemetery Fund

PO Box 125
Green Sea, SC 29545

Lower Cape Fear Hospice

1414 Physicians Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401
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