Charlie Hirst Lovelace

Published 4:17 pm Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Charlie Hirst Lovelace, 94, of Clemson Downs, Clemson, S.C., passed away peacefully Sunday, July 31, 2011. Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Oct. 19, 1916, he was a son of the late Charlie Wilson and Eva Hirst Lovelace.

Charlie lived for two years in London, England in the early 1920s, where his father built the first modern “off the street” filling stations.

Mr. Lovelace graduated from Southwest High School and K.C. Junior College in Kansas City, Mo. He graduated from the Univ. of Kansas and received his degree in mechanical engineering. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi social fraternity and Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Tau honorary engineering fraternities.

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Most of his adult life was spent working with Crane Co., where he held a number of positions including vice-president of sales and vice-president, industrial group, where he was in charge of engineering, manufacturing and sales of Crane valves and fittings in the U.S.A. and Mexico. He retired from Crane Co. in 1979 and moved to Tryon in 1983.

He was a charter member of Whitehaven, Tenn. (now part of Memphis) Lions Club, member of the American Society of Naval Engineers and U.S. Navy Machinery Advisory Group.

He was a former board member of Tryon Rotary Club; former trustee of Tryon Congregational Church; former member of Tryon Country Club and Red Fox Country Club and its Four Fifths Club.

He maintained a residence at 111 Church Street in Black Mountain, N.C., until this year.

His greatest joys were golf, fishing, hunting and dancing – he loved to dance.

Surviving are his wife of 70 years, Marjorie Boggs Lovelace of Clemson, S.C.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charlie H. and Linda Lovelace Jr. of Seneca, S.C., and John S. and Dickie Lovelace of San Antonio, Texas; three grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and nine great- grandchildren.

Friends and relatives are cordially invited to attend his memorial service Friday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. in the Corley Center of Clemson Downs. No formal visitation is planned.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorials in Charlie’s honor be made to the charity of one’s choice. The family will be at the home of the son, Charlie Lovelace Jr., 315 Amethyst Way, Seneca, S.C. 29672.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting

Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services is handling arrangements.