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Les Lovell was born October 10, 1930 in Ashtola, Texas to parents Edd Wesley
and DeEtte Reed Lovell. He was the eldest of four children.
Les grew up in the Panhandle of Texas, living in Amarillo until he was
almost 11 years old. The family later moved to Lancaster, then to San
Antonio, where he graduated from Thomas Edison High School.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology form Southwestern
University. In 1956 he attained his MST from the Perkins School of Theology,
Southern Methodist University.
In 1970 Mr. Lovell completed additional studies to earn his M. Ed. in
vocational rehabilitation counseling from the University of Texas in Austin.
He was a Methodist minister for approximately 18 years, most of which was
spent in the Southwest Texas Annual Conference. He especially enjoyed his
years in Sabinal and Edcouch, serving small rural congregations.
Mr. Lovell was a Boy Scout leader who looked forward to wilderness outings
every summer with his scouts. For three years he worked as a crisis
counselor on the UT campus.
In 1992, he took advantage of an early retirement offer made by the State of
Texas and retired form the then Texas Rehabilitation Commission after 22
years of dedicated service.
From counselor to program officer to regional director, Les Moved across the
state of Texas, in the name of TRC during his state employment, servicing
Galveston, Sugar Land, Fort Worth, Lubbock, Houston and Austin regions.
Les rated regions by the chicken fried steaks, chicken and dumplings and
cherry pies that could be found in the little off-the-beaten road cafes and
mom and pop establishments. He was a kind, caring person who always put
others before himself. He found great personal pride in being a part of a
state agency that helped physically challenged people become self-sufficient
While regional Director in Houston during the mid-1980s, his life changed
forever. Les met a real estate broker he called "Maggie," also known as
Margie Kollatschny Stolz, and on November 23, 1990 they were married at St.
John Lutheran Church in Cat Spring. In 1992, after retiring from the TRC,
Les and Maggie moved to Bellville.
His hobbies included antique clock repair and restoration, tending to his
small herd of cattle in Cat Spring and helping with the Bellville Hospital
Auxiliary rummage sales and resale shop.
Most recently Les volunteered his time in the hospital lobby, popping
popcorn on Tuesday mornings. He was a lifetime member of the Bellville
Hospital Auxiliary and a member of the Industry United Methodist Church,
which reminded him of the small churches he had pastored years before. He
also enjoyed attending St. John Lutheran Church in Cat Spring.
Leslie Gail Lovell died at his residence on Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at
the age of 75. 
He is survived by his loving wife: Margie Lovell of Bellville; daughter: Jan
and her husband, Gary Bond, of Midland; son: Stephen Lovell of Seattle,
Wash.; and granddaughter: Rhonda Bond a sophomore at Texas Tech University.
He is also survived by his three sisters and spouses: Joyce and Kenneth
Patton of Round Rock; Ouida and Alan Teel of Round Rock; and Sue and Don
Brown of Dacula, Ga.
Posted by Joy Neely


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