Dr. E.Y. “Buck” Lovelace, 99, of Bedford passed away July 3, 2014 at the Elks National Home in Bedford. He was born June 19, 1915 in Crisp NC to the late Edward Young and Frances Eagles Lovelace.
After graduating from Atlantic Christian College in 1936 he enrolled and graduated from the MCV Dental School in 1940. He set up his dental practice in Bedford where he practiced for 60 years retiring at the age of 85.
From 1953 – 55 he served as a Major in the US Dental Corp (Korean Theater). He was a lifetime member of the Piedmont, Virginia and American Dental Societies.
Buck took an active role in his community. He served as a scoutmaster, President of the Bedford Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Bedford Community Health Foundation, Board of Directors of the Bedford YMCA, and was a co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Liberty Bank. Buck served on the Bedford Town Council and school board and also on the Bedford County Board of Supervisors.
He was a member of the Bedford Rotary Club having served as its president 50 years apart in 1946 and again in 1996. He was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow in 1988. In 2001 he was named Citizen of the Year by the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce.
A lifelong Baptist, Buck was a member of the Bedford Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School, served on the Board of Deacons, and as Chairman of the Building Fund.
In addition to his parents he is predeceased by his first wife Mary Burnett Lovelace, his second wife Jane Boyd Lovelace, his daughter Mary Frances Lovelace Overstreet and his son Dr. Edward Y. Lovelace III.
He is survived by his son-in-law Douglas Ray Overstreet & his wife Barbara of Bedford, his grandsons Drs. Douglas R. Overstreet, Jr. & his wife Susan of Richmond, Lee M. Overstreet & his wife Andrea of Biloxi MS., Dr. Benjamin T. Overstreet & his wife Christine of Richmond, Edward Y. “Chip” Lovelace IV of Richmond, seven great-grandchildren: Cameron, Carter, Kaitlyn, Emily, Zach, Dylan, Tyler, his sister Frances Lovelace McGlohon of Charlotte, NC., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Buck will be remembered for his quick wit and his caring compassion for his family, patients, friends and his community.
A memorial service will be held at Bedford Baptist Church on Monday July 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Dr. David Henderson officiating. A reception will follow the service at the church.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Special Care at the Elks National Home for their loving care and support of Buck.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations may be made to The National D-Day Memorial, P.O. Box 77, Bedford, VA 24523 or Bedford Baptist Church, 1516 Oakwood Street, Bedford, VA 24523.
Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford. (540)586-3304