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Lovell Eugene Hayden, III

August 2, 1926 - October 8, 2018

Lovell Eugene Hayden, III died at home October 8, 2018 after a brief illness.

Lovell was born August 2, 1926, in Monroe, Louisiana to Lovell E. Hayden, Jr. and Emily St. Claire DeGraffenried Hayden. His family moved to Shreveport where he attended Byrd High School. Upon graduation, Lovell enrolled at LSU to study Ge…read more

Lovell Eugene Hayden, III died at home October 8, 2018 after a brief illness.

Lovell was born August 2, 1926, in Monroe, Louisiana to Lovell E. Hayden, Jr. and Emily St. Claire DeGraffenried Hayden. His family moved to Shreveport where he attended Byrd High School. Upon graduation, Lovell enrolled at LSU to study Geology but his studies were interrupted by World War II. He enlisted into the United States Navy and served on the USS Perry. After the war, he graduated from LSU and was accepted into LSU Law School. After graduating from law school, he moved to Monroe and joined the law firm of Shoalers, Gunby, and Albritton and from then on practiced law for over 60 years specializing in mineral laws.

Lovell’s good friend, Jerry Ryan, summed up Lovell in these words: Lovell was a connoisseur of the fine food and wine sometimes harmonizing at dinner with “Oh, Lord, it’s hard to be humble”. Lovell was a lifelong member of Grace Episcopal Church and loyal to the 1928 prayer book which he defended daily. He rarely missed a Sunday at Grace where he was baptized on October 10, 1926. We shared the finest group of friends ever and traveled everywhere befitting the Great Gatsby. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Moose, elk and deer from Alaska hung on every wall that Jane would let him.

Lovell was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Jane Birdsong Hayden.

He is survived by two daughters, Nancy Hayden Burch and Martha Hayden Woods and husband, Harold; one granddaughter, Claire Burch Delerno and husband Jessie; one great-granddaughter, Madeleine Jane Delerno.

Special thanks to Aime Hospice for taking such good care of both of our parents. Extra special thanks to Creola and Willie Gibson and MacArthur and Sherri Jones for their support through prayer and for the care that they selflessly gave to Lovell.

Lovell will be interred next to Jane in the Columbarium at Grace Episcopal Church in a private service.

In lieu of flowers, we ask to remember Lovell with a gift to Grace Episcopal Church.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.

Kilpatrick Funeral Home

Monroe, LA

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Date: Sunday, October 14, 2018

Private- family Only


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