Brooks W. “Buster” Lovelace Jr. (Maj. USAF, Ret.), 94

by | November 8, 2019 11:27 am

Brooks W. “Buster” Lovelace, Jr. (Maj. USAF, Ret.), 94, of Valdosta, died on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Langdale Hospice House. Born in College Park on January 3, 1925 to the late Brooks White and Irene Amanda Schilling Lovelace, he had lived in the Valdosta area for the past nine years. Growing up in the Atlanta area, he went in his late teens to volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol at Saint Simons Island during World War II. In December of 2014, he and the other members of the Civil Air Patrol on Saint Simons received the Congressional Gold Medal for their efforts during the war. He returned to Atlanta and graduated from Boys High School, then attended Embry-Riddle School of Aviation and Flightway in Atlanta. In the years following the war while he was working at an insurance company in Atlanta, he met the former Mary Elizabeth Youngblood, and they were married in 1948. They were married for 62 years prior to her death in 2010. He soon went into the U.S. Air Force and served first as a navigator in a B-52 bomber. He served during the Korean era and the Vietnam War. The Lovelace family followed him and moved to such locations as Del Rio, Texas, Sacramento, California, Maine, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Omaha, Nebraska, and Albany, Georgia. He primarily served in SAC- Strategic Air Command during the height of the Cold War. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1969 as a major. After retirement, he served for many years as the District Scout Executive for the Chehaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Albany. Following his career with the Boy Scouts, he worked for Rockwell Aircraft and Ayres Company, also in Albany, for several years.

Mr. Lovelace was always active in his community and his church. He served for many years on the Vestry at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church and at the soup kitchen at Saint Paul’s. Always active with the Boy Scouts as an Eagle Scout and a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, he continued to volunteer on the Chehaw Council Executive Board. In Albany and Valdosta, he was an active member of the Kiwanis Club. Mr. Lovelace held a lifelong fascination of airplanes, loved woodworking and making toys and items for others, traveling with his wife all over the country, including travel and experiencing the culture of Native Americans out west. He also pursued genealogy and collecting stamps and coins. Mr. Lovelace was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Valdosta.

Survivors include four sons and three daughters-in-law, Michael and Cathy Lovelace of Durham, North Carolina, Kenneth Lovelace and Jann Lockhart of Albany, William R. Lovelace of Albany, and David P. and Susan Lovelace of West Palm Beach, Florida; a daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Larry Wisenbaker of Hahira; 10 grandchildren Ashley Lovelace (Darren) Joyner, Michael Brooks Lovelace, Lindsey Wisenbaker (Bryant) Alonso, Amy Wisenbaker, Katie Wisenbaker, Asher Lovelace, Hannah Duenke, Jacob Duenke, Jeremiah (Jennifer) Lockhart, Rachael (Ryan) Hutchison; great-grandchildren, Carson Joyner, Mary Charles Alonso, Ava Lockhart, Locklan Hutchison, and Callum Hutchison; his sister, Eloise (Lovelace) White-Zeigler of Decatur; three sisters-in-laws, Martha Youngblood Claxton, Jan Lovelace Jackson, and Jean C. Lovelace; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; a son, Steven Lovelace; a grandson, Sammy Duenke; two brothers, Thomas Anthony Lovelace and Fredrick Schilling Lovelace; and a sister, Marion Irene (Lovelace) Leach.

The funeral for Mr. Lovelace was held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Christ Episcopal Church with Reverend Doctor Dave Johnson officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home Wednesday morning from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Burial followed at 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Crown Hill Cemetery in Albany.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 1521 N. Patterson St., Valdosta, GA 31602 or The Boy Scouts of America.

Carson McLane Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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