Theodore “Ted” Edmond Loveday, of Pigeon Forge, passed away on Easter, April 4, 2021, his 78th birthday. He was born and raised in Pigeon Forge and was a lifelong resident of Sevier County.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents, Alton Theodore and Mattie Cleo (Roberts) Loveday; sisters, Bettye Jo Montgomery (Bruce), Grace Evelyn Huff (Lyman), and Mary Kathleen Barnes (Jack); his precious wife of 50 years, Phyllis (Lambert) Loveday, with whom he served the region for decades as the founding owners of their business, Little Pigeon Florist.
Ted graduated from Sevier County High School and attended Carson-Newman College before entering the Army, where he earned the rank of Sergeant during the Vietnam War era. Ted loved his family so much and enjoyed playing music for them, especially the guitar.
Having worked for years at Howard’s restaurant, with great friends, he was a fantastic cook. He loved our Smoky Mountains and enjoyed photography, hiking, and biking different areas of them. He and Phyllis made multiple trips to Wales and England, the lands of his ancestors, loving the countryside and studying history. His interest in family history helped provide and preserve many details and stories for present and future generations.
He is survived by his beloved daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Peter Loveday-Johansson. He also leaves behind many other family members, cousins, and his dear nieces, Cathy Pittman (Chuck), Janice Castle, Joanne Jackson (Joe), and Jackie Daniel (David), as well as many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. Much love and appreciation for their visits and attention is expressed to nieces Cathy and her children Rev. Chad Wright-Pittman and Erin Collier, Janice and her daughter Valerie Jackson, who were with Ted in his final hours. Also, great thanks to his lifelong friends, and Covenant Home Healthcare who cared for Ted like family. Ted was deeply loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Being the animal lovers they are, the Loveday family asks that memorial donations be made in Ted’s memory to the Sevier County Humane Society, P.O. Box 976, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868.
Although there will not be a receiving line, friends may pay their respects 12-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 14 at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. Family and friends will meet 11 a.m. Thursday, April 15, in Pigeon Forge Baptist Cemetery for graveside service and interment with Reverend Chad Wright-Pittman officiating. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post #104. Online condolences may be made at www.atchley