Billy Eugene Lovette, a retired Good Humor man and homebuilder, died of leukemia July 8 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Joppa resident was 72.
Born in Millers Creek, N.C., he moved to Baltimore in 1951 and built aircraft at the former Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River before joining Westinghouse's X-ray division in Southwest Baltimore as an engineering technician. Family members said he won numerous awards for equipment innovations.
In the 1980s he owned and operated an ice cream truck throughout Harford County and was known as "Mr. Bill, the Good Humor Man." He visited neighborhoods and construction sites.
In 1992, he became a vice president of YL Builders in Hunt Valley and was general contractor for one daughter's home in the Laurelford development there.
"He was a self-made man," said the daughter, Carol Jean Young. "He was determined and tenacious, with a deep sense of integrity."
He was also a beekeeper, gardener, woodworker and amateur photographer.
Services were held Monday at Towne Baptist Church in Joppa, where he was a member.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 55 years, the former Reba Carol Harless; another daughter, Judy A. Phillips of Frisco, Colo.; a brother, Walter P. Lovette of Millers Creek; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.