Dr. Charles "Chuck" Lovelace, Jr. passed away on October 9th, 2019. He was a beloved family physician who practiced medicine in the Mesquite, TX community for over 30 years. Chuck was a deeply intelligent and passionate person, with a self-deprecating sense of humor. He often referred to himself as a "a mud-roller," in that he had experienced many difficult challenges with courage and strength, yet he had a very soft spot in his heart for family, friends and patients, not to mention his dogs, Charlie and Bear.
He was born at Saint Paul Hospital in Dallas, on November 1st, 1954 and lived in Grand Prairie for a few years, but spent most of his early life in Mesquite with his mother's family. During those formative years, he really benefitted from the wisdom of the Great Generation. He learned from relatives who had fought in different campaigns during the two world wars, and became quite a history buff. However, it was the women who raised him that created his strong work ethic. His maternal grandmother owned a beauty shop that she ran and worked in until her mid-eighties. Because of her, he got very excited every year about Christmas, which he always viewed as a magical time of year. His maternal great-grandmother who ran a laundry-mat, made an equally strong impression. He loved her food. As an adult, he recreated her recipes that were mostly pioneer comfort food, but over time, he mastered complicated French sauces. Eventually, he had friends over every Sunday to discuss spiritual growth and responsibility, and to enjoy his culinary creations.
His greatest lifetime dream was fulfilled in becoming a doctor, and having his own practice, which he eventually, did. Again, he surrounded himself with smart and capable women who helped create an atmosphere of compassion, kindness, and inclusiveness, during a time when medical practice has become anything but that. Dr. Lovelace will be missed by so many people from all walks of life. He is survived by his wife, Janet, his sister Lynn, and brother Greg Lovelace, as well as nephews Jake and Zach May and great-nephew Stephen May.
A memorial service will be held in his honor, at the DFW National Cemetery, on Friday, November 1st, 2019 at 3:30. Address is 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211. Guests, the procession will be in Lane 1 and please arrive by 3:15.
In lieu of sending flowers, the family requests a donation be made to either Operation Kindness or The SPCA.