Lovel Prewitt was born to the union of Willie Mae and Sampson Prewitt, Jr. on October 1, 1934, in LaGrange, Tennessee. Lovel was the fourth of six children. Lovel’s parents (Mother) Willie Mae (Father) Sampson: Two brothers Winmon, Johnie B., and a sister Joy preceded him in death.
Lovel’s education was limited, but he always had a positive attitude because he wanted to be successful in all endeavors, which he attempted. As a young man, he worked many jobs including farmhand working with horses, mules and looked like a real cowboy doing it. Lovel left home and moved to Memphis, Tennessee working different jobs and was not very satisfied. He soon decided to move to Cleveland, Ohio.
Lovel met and married his wife Elaine Sharp. They were blessed with five children. Lovel started his career with Anchor Rubber Industries as a punch press operator. With Lovel’s belief in God soon positive results started to occur. He became a foreman and shortly after that President of the local union. Eventually, his performance was noted and the international union sought his services, he became Union Director of District #1 with responsibilities over 15 states for the URW. His ability to communicate effectively established Lovel as a top negotiator for the Rubber Workers of America.
Lovel has been a faithful member of The Historic Greater Friendship Baptist church from the early ’70s where the Rev. Larry W. Howard was his Pastor. Lovel served on various committees throughout his involvement with Greater Friendship Baptist Church. Lovel was quite proud of his ability to bring members together to provide needed funds for various church initiatives.
Lovel departed this life on June 14, 2020. He leaves to cherish his loving wife Elaine Prewitt of (62) years. His children: Valerie Ammons (Jerry), Kenneth Maxwell (Cherry), Susan Watson (Eric), Gary Prewitt, and Jeffrey Prewitt (Nadis). 17 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, along with his sister, Ester Prewitt, and brother, Charles Prewitt (Vie Lee).
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