Maupin, Johnny Lovell (Cleveland) – Chattanoogan.com

Johnny Lovell Maupin, 91, of Cleveland, died January 29, 2023. She was born May 13, 1931 in Birchwood to the late Holman and Cecil Lovell. She graduated from Bradley High School, where she served as manager of the Bradley Bearettes basketball team. Johnny retired after 35 years at South Central Bell, where she started as a switchboard operator and ended her career as a supervisor. She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church for 80 years and while there she learned to play the piano as a teenager and served as a répétiteur at the church for many years. Johnny loved to travel the world and her travels have taken her to Hawaii nine times. She was an Elvis Presley fan and an avid reader of all genres of books. Above all, Johnny’s faith in the Lord remained paramount in everything she did. She was loved dearly and will be remembered forever for her generous spirit and caring for those around her.

In addition to her mother and father, her son George Maupin preceded her in death; husband, James Maupin; Siblings Joan Lovell Still, Jess Lovell and Connie Lovell Clark.

She leaves, to cherish her memory, her son, Tom Maupin, and his wife, Lesa, of Franklin, Tn.; daughter Betsy Gentry and her husband Bryan, of whom Johnny said, “That was the best thing Betsy got out of East Tennessee State University.”; Sister Wanda Lovell Wilkey, who was her “rock”; sister-in-law and friend of 75 years, Joyce Maupin; grandchildren, Brooke Gentry Snyder (Chris), John Maupin (Jayne), Julie Maupin and Jeffrey Maupin (Mitzi); great-grandchildren, Zoie, Jabari, Addie, Jackson, Annie, Peyton, Harrison and Sawyer; special nieces, Adelia Clark Hall and Greta Clark Frazier; very special nephew, Lukas Hall; and very special niece, Lauren Jean Hall. She is also survived by numerous other nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Johnny’s family will be hosting friends at Hopewell Baptist Church on Wednesday, February 1 from 12pm to 2pm. At 2:00 p.m. there will be a celebration of the life service and the subsequent burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jonathan Kyle and Rev. Steve Huff will officiate. Pallbeares will be John Maupin, Jeffrey Maupin, Chris Snyder, Lukas Hall, David Lovell, Justin Wilkey and Jason Bean.

In lieu of flowers, Johnny’s family is asking for donations to the Hopewell Baptist Cemetery Fund.

Share a personal memory of Johnny or your condolences with her family at her online memorial at www.companionfunerals.com.

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