Funeral services set for former sheriff

Funeral services will be held today, December 29 at 11 a.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles for former Ripley County Sheriff Kenny Lovins.

Mr. Lovins, 78, of Versailles, passed away Friday, December 25, 2009 at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. He was born at Tribby in Perry County, Kentucky on September 21, 1931, the son of Henry and Sally Haddix Lovins. He married Agnes Steele on May 21, 1960, and she preceded him in death on July 5, 2008.

Survivors include one son, Steven Lovins of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; four daughters: Theresa (Ron) May of Versailles, Tina Lovins of St. Cloud, Florida; Theresa Lovins of Wake Forest, North Carolina, and Cathy Sanders of Wendall, North Carolina; two grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

He is also survived by one brother Jim (Malena) Lovins of Milan; six sisters: Harriet (Howard) Cleeter of Lawrenceburg; Jean (Gilbert) Wilson of New Marion; Juanita Yeomans of Versailles; Martha Smith of Ingalls; Geneva (Gary) Napier of Madison, and Dottie (Bobby) Wood of Versailles.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Charles and John Lovins, and sister, Jeanette.
Mr. Lovins was a member of the Cedar Creek Community Church, the Osgood Masonic Lodge, and the Heartland Classic Car Club. He served as Ripley County Sheriff from 1978 to 1986. He had also served as a deputy sheriff and as Versailles Town Marshal.

Funeral services will be officiated by Rev. Garland Rudd and Pastor Tom Holt. Burial will be in the New Marion Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Osgood Masonic Lodge, the New Marion Cemetery, or the Cedar Creek Community Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.