Willie Lee Lovely, Sr.

Sunrise: September 3, 1936

Sunset: November 5, 2022

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, and I have kept the faith.”

II Timothy 4:7


On Saturday, November 5, 2022, in the mid afternoon hours, God welcomed home our beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend Willie Lee Lovely, Sr.,  Willie was born on September 3, 1936, in North Carolina to the late Mary Elizabeth Lovely.

Willie was a proud retiree from the International Longshoreman Association, (Local 1248) with over thirty years of service.  He was joined in holy matrimony to Gwendolyn Brown on May 5, 1956.  To this union was born 6 children, Willie, Jr., Darlene, Keith, Yvette, Gwenevere (Lynn) and Rena.

Willie was loved by all.  “Boot” as he was affectionally known was a very genuine man and friend.  He was an outstanding baseball player and long distance cyclist. Willie enjoyed family gatherings and fellowshipping with his retired longshoreman buddies at Hardees on Indian River Rd.  He never met a stranger, always willingly shared his wisdom, and offered encouraging and kind words.  We are thankful and grateful to God for letting us have him for 86 years.  He touched the lives of so many people in such a kind and loving manner.  To know him was to love him.

Willie leaves to cherish his precious memory his wife of 66 years Gwendolyn Brown Lovely, two sons, Willie Lovely, Jr., Keith Lovely, Sr. (Denise), four daughters, Darlene Lovely, Yvette Lee, Gwenevere (Lynn) Moore, Rena Lovely; one brother Larry Williams, eleven grandchildren (Brian, Corey, Keith, Jr., Alexandria, Brandon, Erin, Niya, Ariana, William, Maria and Zechariah); seven great-grandchildren; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Viewing Monday, November 14, 2022 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service Tuesday, November 15, 2022 11:00am The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception 232 Chapel Street Norfolk, VA 23504

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    Lisa praileau says

    Praying for the Lovely family from the McCoy family

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    Sarah Cuffee says

    Our sincere condolences to the Lovely family and friends. Praying for peace and comfort during your time of bereavement.
    Douglas and Sarah Cuffee
    Jayvon Davis

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    Darnett Flournoy says

    Praying for the Lovely family..With our deepest sympathy, Tommie &Darnett Flournoy

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    Rev. Greg Norris says

    Our sincere condolences to the Lovely family. Pray you find the needed comfort and refuge in the Lord! Keeping you in prayer..

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      Sharon Hall says

      Praying for the Lovely family, that God will give you comfort and strength for such a time as this. Just remember “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord”
      Herman and Sharon Hall

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    Angie Burrus says

    Extending my deepest sympathy to the Lovely family. Praying you find comfort at this difficult time.

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    Samuel &Yvonne Linyear says

    We are so sad for your loss. Our prayers are with you every day and may you stay strong and remember always he’s right there with you..

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    Nancy Christian says

    Sending prayers to the Lovely Family during this difficult time.
    Wishing you peace and comfort.

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    Gail Black says

    Praying for comfort and strength during this difficult time. What a legacy! May you find comfort in the many memories of a great MAN, husband, father, friend ❤️

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    Jacqueline Griggs says

    Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs to the Lovely Family. I am so sorry for your loss.

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