Tyce Wayne Lovette

June 20, 1946 - October 1, 2013
Tyce Wayne Lovette


He was loved and will be missed, by so many, many friends and family. Tyce Lovette “slipped the surly bonds of earth” on October 1, 2013, to be gone from our sight, but not our heavy hearts, forever.

Born June 20, 1946, Tyce grew up on the “Mill Hill” in an area of Fayetteville called Massey Hill. He was raised and loved very dearly by his grandmother, “Ma Ed”, and her husband, Jimmy Watts, who both preceded him in death, and who he missed very much. His father, “Blackie” Lovette, also preceded him in death.

He has two sisters, “Kat” and “Sissy”. One living in Hope Mills and one in South Carolina. His mother, “Lady” also lives/lived in Fayetteville.

Tyce attended Massey Hill High School, til June 1963, when he joined the US Navy. He served his country proudly til 1965. When he returned to Fayetteville, Tyce went into the insurance business, and he attended Fayetteville Tech to get a business degree. He married Marianne Dumanski, and helped raise her daughter, now Marie Dixon, who he loved very much. When they divorced, he decided he loved fishing more than selling insurance, so eventually he moved to Carolina Beach to learn how to fish.
Tyce was a fixture on Carolina Beach for over 40 years. Everyone knew and loved him.
Tyce had remained lifelong friends with his golf and hunting buddy, “BJ” Billy Johnson, his wife Yvonne, and their sons Billy, Jr. and Robbie. He had lost touch with most of his friends from MHHS, until recently when he joined Facebook, and reconnected with many of them. Although the number of e-mails he was receiving aggravated him, he enjoyed touching base with his old friends.

Tyce loved his life , had no regrets, and had recently said he would not have changed a thing about it. He did it his way. He was his own kind of wonderful.

There will be “A Celebration of Life” gathering on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm. It will be held at the American Legion Post 129, 1500 Bridge Barrier Rd., Carolina Beach, NC.

Everyone who knew Tyce is invited to attend.

Please join our Facebook group: Celebration of Life for Tyce Lovette to share memories and get info.

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  • October 03, 2013
    Marie Dixon says:
    Many of my greatest childhood memories were with Tyce who was a wonderful step dad. We sang together at the top of our lungs, danced around the Christmas tree, raced our bikes, told ghost stories, played games, ate watermelon on the beach on hot summer days, raced to see who would get the last hush puppy at delicious seafood dinners, fished, collected seashells and we laughed together and cried together. In every memory I create with my children I recall the cherished memories he gave me. I'm heartbroken I was not there to say good-bye to him. But I will always cherish his smile, big laugh, big heart, kindness and devotion to those he loved and pass those memories on while creating new ones every day with my children. God bless his beautiful soul and God let him know how very loved and appreciated he always was and always will be. Peace to his soul and to all those who loved him.

  • October 03, 2013
    Debbie Ward says:
    Many years ago, Tyce, Donna & I would roam the boardwalk. We played some jokes on Tyce and he'd let us hold it. We'd just laugh that much harder. He called us the "heathens from Hell". Those were some good times and I'll never forget them. I still break a smile when I think of him and our good times. Rest in Peace, my friend!

  • October 03, 2013
    Ann Gibson says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. He will be missed by all of us. May you rest in peace my friend..

  • October 03, 2013
    Frances (McLemore) McCauley says:
    Tyce's Family, It is with deepest sympathy I write this. Tyce had not been on Facebook too long and we all were so happy to reconnect with him. We are happy that he is at peace and without pain but will miss him so very much. Prayers and blessings for peace and comfort at this time. Love, Frances

  • October 04, 2013
    Pam Evans-Wrench says:
    Rest in peace my dear high school friend.