Benefit set for Bobby Lovell’s heart surgery

A benefit for Bobby Lovell will held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at The Country Club on Highway 69. There will be an auction/raffle, 42 tournmaent, Texas Hold ’Em, hamburgers and fries and fun helping “an old man save his heart!”
A couple of years ago, Bobby Lovell started having heart problems. These problems led him to Houston and Houston is sending him to Cleveland, Ohio, for heart and valve surgery.
After lots of continuous bad news, he finally got the good news that we all prayed for. Being told, “Your heart is the worst we’ve ever seen,” turned into, “We can do the surgery,” with confidence of an excellent outcome!
Lovell must have this surgery to continue living. He will go back to Ohio on June 18 and stay for about 10-15 days after. His wife, Caree’, will be off work to be with him and with loss of wages. The purpose of the benefit is to show an overwhelming support for a man that would go out of his way to help anyone in any way that he could, and to raise money for their travel and medical expenses.
Lovell has given his time and effort into this community. It’s time to give back! Bobby worked and retired from Temple-Inland after 37 years. During that time, he was also a deputy constable for Eddie Horton of Precinct 5 for 17 years. He worked at Zavalla Police Department for one year and was a reserve for our own Diboll Police Department for one year. He was also a volunteer firefighter for 2 years. After this life of excitement, it’s no wonder that his heart is worn out, right?
Lovell is the father of Diboll PD Sgt. Brandon Lovell, and father-in-law to Toni Lovell. He also has a daughter and son-in-law, Chelsey and Hunter Barbe. He has two grandsons, a granddaughter, and a great-grandson. Bobby and his wife, Caree’, need lots more years of life and love with these people.
God has blessed Bobby Lovell with a good life thus far. Instead of giving up and shutting down, he keeps his spirits, faith and head held high. He has an amazing support system around him. With this surgery, he will make it.
“If you can come, we would love to have you. A room full of people that love Bobby is a good thing for his heart, and he would love to see you!” said Angie Abbott, a family friend. “As always, if you cannot attend, your prayers for Bobby and family, safe travels, and doctors’ hands would be appreciated enough. I definitely believe in the power of prayer! We can do this, ya’ll! Let’s return the favor and help this man after his years of helping others!”