Jimmie Lovell, a long-time Press Club member, died Sunday morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. He had been ill for a long time.
Services will be held at Restland Memorial Chapel at 11 amSaturday, June 3rd, immediately followed by a reception at Restland with food, drink and tall tales.
Jimmie was a well-known political worker, oilman, salesman, weekly newspaper editor, explorer, archaeologist and story teller. The 2011 North Texas Legend honoree was a reporter for the Dallas Times Herald, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and editor of West Texas magazine and Del Rio News Herald.
He often participated in Press Club activities, particularly the club’s “Gridiron Show” and he contributed financially when the club needed help. He served on the Press Club Foundation board for many years.
He and his wife Wyn were married 68 years ago (Feb.19, 1949) in Long Beach, Calif.
Jimmie spent much of World War II in the service in the South Pacific, including participating in the early Allied landing on Iwo Jima.
Together, he and his wife worked for many years involved with various archaeological excavations on Easter Island and other locations in the Pacific. Wyn liked to tell the story about the night she was pregnant, dancing with Lyndon Johnson. Their daughter Jessalu kicked so hard Johnson jumped back in surprise.
Jimmie often told stories about the Pacific War, dancing in Busby Berkeley movies, playing hockey (four games with the Detroit Red Wings), serving as “honorary witch doctor” on Easter Island, owning four restaurants in Dallas, and his archaeological work with the National Geographic looking for the HMS Bounty and artifacts on Scottish islands.
Jimmie and Wyn also gave an annual Chili Christmas party at their house. One year, the Press Club rented a bus to look at Christmas lights and ended the tour at their party.
In addition to Wyn, Jimmie is survived by his son Michael, the aforementioned Jessalu and granddaughter Garna Leigh Wright.
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