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LOVELL, JR., James C. Age 87 of Nashville, TN, passed away October 7, 2013. He is survived by his devoted and loving family, including Mary Jordan Lovell, his wife of 63 years; children, Paula Lovell, Reecy (Brooks) Pearson and Beth (Jack) Williamson; his grandson, James Thomas Lovell; his sisters, Marjorie Raby and Clarice Simcox; and a niece, grandniece and great grandniece. After 48 years of service, he retired as president and vice-chairman of the board of Mercantile Stores Co., Inc., a NYSE company that operated more than 80 department stores under 13 trade names including Castner-Knott. He began his career in the mailroom at the downtown Castner-Knott while in high school at Central High. Prior to serving as president of the corporation, he was president of Castner-Knott from 1968-1974. On Wall Street, he was considered to be one of the most sophisticated retail marketers of his time. To his employees, he had a reputation of being a type-A, focused manager and a kind and caring leader who addressed employees by their names, and enjoyed talking with them about their families and personal lives. Lovell was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in the Philippines for almost four years. He recently visited the WWII Memorial on an Honors Flight trip to Washington, DC. He loved dancing and was an avid gardner. Above all else, Lovell adored his family and friends. He protected and cherished his family, and devoted time every day to nurturing treasured friendships with so many people. All of us will miss him more than imaginable. Funeral services will be on Thursday, October 10th at eleven o'clock, with visitation one hour prior to service at Calvary United Methodist Church, 3701 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, visitation with family and friends on Wednesday from four o'clock until eight o'clock, at Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home, 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville. Contributions may be made to the Tennessee Breast Care Coalition, 3939 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory, TN 37138.
Published in The Tennessean on Oct. 8, 2013