Elmer Loveless, Jr., firstborn son of the late Elmer and Frankie (Hill) Lovelesss, was born on November 25, 1932 in Wynne, Arkansas, and passed away on January 11, 2013 in Autumn Oaks Caring Center in Mtn. Grove, Missouri, at 80 years of age.
Elmer grew up in Arkansas and was united in marriage to Sarah Cheney on March 27, 1955. Five children were born to this union. Mrs. Loveless passed away on November 29, 2012.
Elmer loved his family very much. His parents and his eight brothers and three sisters were very special to him. He and his brothers knew what it was like to work hard. They started at a young age on a journey of manhood and taking care of others. He along with his brother, Ed, purchased some guitars and learned to play country music, a sound that was handed down to the next generation of Loveless men. Elmer and his brothers, Ed, Mac, Jerry, and David, and his uncle, Austin, played music many places in Illinois. When their band became the Mid Western Playboys, their practice sessions drew the attention of friends and neighbors to hear the velvet voiced singer sing “I Walk The Line,” “Ring Of Fire,” and “Together Again.”
When Elmer sang, there was always a special lady in the crowd. Her name was Sarah, the love of his life. After his family began to grow, Elmer had to make choices and he soon knew his destiny and purpose in life. When he gave his heart to God, he didn’t play music for a season until he and his wife, who also gave her life to God, expressed to each other their love for music and the talent God had given them. Sarah sang like a songbird and played the guitar and banjo. They purchased other instruments and the Loveless family began to sing gospel music that touched the hearts of many. People were led to Christ through the hope and life-changing ministry of their singing.
In 1977, Elmer, Sarah, Lora, Gary and Janet moved to Cabool, Missouri. Elmer was employed as a mechanic, an asphalt sealer, and he also farmed.
Elmer enjoyed being outdoors, gardening with Sarah. He also enjoyed the time he spent with his horses, Red Willow and Comet. He often went on trail rides with his brother, Jerry, and they also rode in area parades.
His love of music still beckoned him. He and his youngest son, Gary, started a band and played country music at special events.
His other passion in life was making his wife, Sarah, happy. He would often make funny videos that would make her laugh for years to come. All of his family was special to him. He loved life and knew that life was what you make it.
Elmer always gave encouraging words and extended his hand to those who needed him. He never ignored an elderly person. He would flash them a smile and the love of God would be evident.
Besides his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Vernon, Johnny, Edward, Mac, and Elbert Loveless, and a sister, Mary Ann.
He is survived by two sons, Larry Loveless and wife Jane of Hillsboro, Missouri, and Gary Loveless of Cabool; three daughters, Lora Hurst and husband Rickey of Mtn. Grove, Missouri, Margaret Stacey and husband Ron of Hillsboro, Missouri, and Janet Thompson and husband Greg of New Zealand; two brothers, Jerry Loveless of Arkansas and David Loveless of Elgin, Illinois; two sisters, Ann Loveless and Emma Cheney, both of Mtn. Grove; sixteen grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss him very much.
Memorial services were held on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. in Victory Tabernacle Church with Jude Talbert officiating.
Arrangements were under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.