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While she lived in the Kingsport area all her life, she was an early and prominent member of the Colonial Heights community. An active member of the Colonial Heights United Methodist Church since 1958, Loree was also a beloved nursery school teacher at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church for many years. While she was an extraordinary wife, mother and homemaker, she was also a distinguished entrepreneur. In fact, nothing probably more exemplified the courage and fortitude of Loree Lucas than starting Colonial Interiors from scratch in the late 1960's, long before the role of women in business was the norm.
Although her schedule was busy, she always found the time to give back. In fact, she helped coordinate the meals on wheels program up to the time of her death. And as proud, life-long Democrat, she assisted voters at the Colonial Heights precinct in every election held since the 1970's.
Loree was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Paul Davidson, and a sister, Geneva Steadman.
She is survived by her spouse, Paul Lucas, Colonial Heights; her two beloved sons, Tommy Paul Lucas and his wife, Gwen of Knoxville, as well as J. Scott Lucas and his wife Paula, of Nashville. She had two grandsons, Jonathan Paul Lucas and Austin Scott Lucas; a dear sister, Betty Harris, Memphis; and two brothers, Bob of Kingsport, and Harry Kay of Charlotte, NC.
She had three special nephews by sister Geneva; Joe Steadman, Mark Steadman and Jeff Steadman. She also had four beautiful nieces Suzanne Harris Jackson (Memphis), Jennifer Harris (Nashville), Lisa Davidson Hencherick (Atlanta), and Angela Davidson Chastain of Hickory, N.C.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., at Colonial Heights United Methodist Church. The service will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Robert Burlingham officiating.
The entombment service will follow at Oak Hill Memorial Park Mausoleum. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Austin and Jonathan Lucas; nephews, Jeff, Mark and Joe Steadman; and Wesley Jackson (Suzanne's husband). Honorary Pallbearers will be neighbors, Gary Hubble and Jay Taylor; church members, Owen Way, Gerald Gilbert and Jim Hall; former teacher, J.C. Akard; and close family friend, Randall Chase.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Road, Johnson City, TN 37601, or online at www.cancer.org.
Oak Hill Memorial Park
800 Truxton Drive
Kingsport, TN, US, 37660
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August 26, 2013 at 02:47 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Paul, we are so sorry to read you lost Loree, know you are in our thoughts and prayers. love you very much, Bill and Nancy Hamilton
Bill and Nancy Hamilton - August 27, 2013 at 09:46 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Lorre has been a life long friend is mine and both my sisters, Zula and Norma. We all grew up in Lynn Garden and has many great memories. Paul, may our Great God give you and all the family his comfort and peace. Zula and I send love and prayers. God Bless you all. Earlene Light Kiser
earlene kisereae - August 26, 2013 at 01:01 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Paul I'm very sorry for your loss I know she will be deeply missed my prayer are with you and your family. You have been a good friend for a long time.
Jim McClellan - August 26, 2013 at 07:12 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
I had the honor of knowing Loree for over twenty years. She was a kind person who always had something positive to share. I will miss her. My condolences to Paul, Tommy, Scott, Jonathan, Austin and her extended family. Becky Frazier
Becky Frazier - August 25, 2013 at 06:56 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Loree Lucas
Hamlett-Dobson Staff - August 25, 2013 at 03:45 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
My deepest condolences to the Lucas family for the loss of their loved one. Janice Blevins Gammon
Janice Blevins Gammon - August 25, 2013 at 10:37 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
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