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September 25, 2012

Judge Eddie C. Lovelace dies

9-26-12 —     A long-time public official in Wayne and surrounding counties died on Monday, September 17, after a short illness. Circuit Judge Eddie C. Lovelace, who resided in Albany, died at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville after suffering a stroke late last week. Lovelace was 78 

years old.

    Lovelace was a fixture in the legal community for many years, and served as Clinton County Attorney from 1966 to 1969. He was Commonwealth's Attorney for Russell, Clinton and Wayne counties from 1970 until 1991.

    In 1992, Lovelace was elected Circuit Judge in a district that at the time included Wayne County. During his tenure on the bench in Wayne County, Lovelace presided over numerous high profile cases, 

including the 1995 trial of social workers who were charged in connection with the death of a local toddler. The case generated national media coverage.

    In 1995, Lovelace was named Kentucky Trial Judge of the Year.

    The judicial circuit was later changed to include Cumberland, Clinton and Monroe counties, and Lovelace continued to serve as Circuit Judge until his death.

    He also served as chairperson for the Fifth District Republican Party from 1978 until 1980. He was a long-time member of the Albany First Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School for many years.

    David Cross, a member of the Clinton County legal community, as wellas another highly active member of the Clinton County Republican 

Party organization and a close friend and ally of Lovelace, noted  that his 46 years of continuous service in elective office is a record for Clinton County that will surely never be broken.

    Cross also commented on what members of the legal profession knew they could expect when they appeared in front of the judge.

    "Judge Lovelace's lasting legacy is that of an outstanding Circuit Judge. He was generally better prepared than the lawyers who appeared  in front of him, and was rarely reversed by the Appellate 

Courts," Cross said.  "You knew when you tried a case before Judge Lovelace, there would likely not be any reversible error. He believed in proper courtroom decorum and he had a respect for the legal system 

and for  the office he held, and he conducted himself in a manner deserving of respect. He will be remembered as one of the most 

influential figures in our county's history."

    Another well recognized legal and political figure, Jamestown attorney and House of Representatives Minority Leader Jeff Hoover, a 

Republican whose district includes Clinton County, said that Judge Lovelace was one of the best he had ever had the pleasure of workingwith, both in the legal and political field, and he would be missed as one of Hoover's dear friends.

    "Judge Lovelace was a dear friend and I am so saddened by his passing.   As a lawyer, there was no better Judge to be in front of than Judge Lovelace" Hoover said.  "He made each of us better lawyers 

because we knew he would be very prepared and he expected the same 

from others.  His intellect and his work ethic were unsurpassed.  

Yet, he always approached his job with common sense, a sense of 

fairness even when he was tough, and always with that quick wit and 

humor,"

    Hoover also mentioned Lovelace's ability to talk and be at ease with 

friends when he was outside of the courtroom as well.

    "I enjoyed spending time with him and listening to him tell stories. 

There are very few like him and he will be greatly missed, not only 

in the legal community but as a dear friend to so many of us."Hoover 

said.

    Lovelace is survived by his wife, Joyce, and two children, Karen 

Talbott and Chris Lovelace, all of Albany.

    Funeral services were held on Friday, September 21 at the Albany 

First Baptist Church. Burial was in the Memorial Hills Cemetery in 

Albany.

   

    Editor's Note: The Clinton County News contributed portions to this 

story.

 

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