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Date published: 12/20/2013

Charles 'Dick' Lovegrove

Charles Richard "Dick" Lovegrove died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Roanoke, after nearly 82 years as a loving son, husband, father, brother and uncle.

Dick was born in Staunton and grew up in Waynesboro. He graduated from Washington and Lee University and then embarked on a 43-year career in public relations for American Electric Power, first at Appalachian Power in Roanoke and then as director of public relations for Kentucky Power in Ashland, Ky.

After retiring, Dick and his wife, Jane, thoroughly enjoyed living in the Cajun country of southern Louisiana. Throughout the years, he was a leader in a wide range of civic, church and cultural endeavors.

Even outside of work, Dick had a passion and talent for writing of all sorts. He was a longtime editor of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Virginia newspaper and a columnist for the Thibodaux, La., Daily Comet; he wrote a children's story for his daughter; and he penned poetry.

A lifelong New York Yankees fan and later a Washington Redskins supporter, Dick loved athletics, whether as a participant or a spectator. He played baseball, fast-pitch softball, tennis and bowling, including anchoring a summer team with his three children.

Dick is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jane Lovegrove; son Richard and his wife, Lisa, of Roanoke; son David Lovegrove of Fredericksburg; daughter Meredith Roller and her husband, Tom, of Roanoke; sister Bobby Schulz and her husband, Dick; and grandchildren Spencer Lovegrove, Madeline and Harper Lovegrove and Elly and Sam Roller. He was preceded in death by his first grandchild, Grace Lovegrove.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Oakey's South Chapel, Roanoke. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Roanoke. There will be a reception at the church following the service and then burial at Evergreen Burial Park.

The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the St. John's Episcopal Outreach Fund or the Community Youth Program at Box 257, Roanoke, VA 24002.