“He will be moderately missed” might be how some imagine a loveless obituary would end, but James Loveless, from Somerset, was a loved man if his memorable obituary shows anything.
The obituary said Loveless was born in Kentucky in 1963.
“We might add — Jamie, a divorcee, father, grandfather, and proud owner of a few lots in the trailer park, had enough and up and died on us on June 14 in order to avoid another Presidential stolen-election mishap in the near future,” it begins.
I wanted to celebrate his life rather than mourn his death. I wanted to resuscitate him through my words. I feel, in some way, it is the words passed, read, and spoken by people, which make legends (including my father) live forever.Rocky Loveless, James Loveless’ second-favorite son
Loveless was said to be known for his appetite, social events, and memorable catering.
“On many occasions in life, James was seen in his backyard at the trailer park during the early hours of the morning, hammering beers, standing over country-style ribs, and yelling, ‘It’s got a head like a cat on it!’, while nearby neighbors would peek out their windows bearing looks of disgust and amazement, as his party guests were slurring remarks about needing to speed up his cooking style. ‘We’ve been here since 5 o’clock,’ they would say. ‘I’ve got work in the morning.'”
Rocky Loveless, James’ son, told the Commonwealth Journal he didn’t make it back to Kentucky in time to see his dad before he passed and knew he wanted to write the obituary.
“I’d never done it, and when we met with Michelle Godbey at Pulaski Funeral Home, I asked her (about it). I said, ‘I’ve read a lot of them, but I really don’t know how to do it.’ And she said, ‘Just talk about him.’ And that’s exactly what I did,” Rocky told the journal.
Rocky said it took him about 10 minutes to write it before sending it off to the funeral home.
The obituary has over 600,000 views, according to the director of the funeral home, and there’s a long scroll of guestbook comments from people all around, toasting Loveless and his family.
To learn more about Loveless and his many loves, including “ice-cold Busch, room-temperature Busch, Kentucky men’s basketball, and his family,” you can read his full obituary.
Rocky said his father was the life of the party. “Everyone wanted to be around him. There wasn’t a day I saw him where I didn’t see him happy and joking at some point,” he told FOX 56 News.