Bean Station pharmacist laid to rest

Bean Station pharmacist laid to rest

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Hundreds packed First Presbyterian Church in Morristown for pharmacist Stephen Lovell's funeral. Hundreds packed First Presbyterian Church in Morristown for pharmacist Stephen Lovell's funeral.
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By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

MORRISTOWN (WATE) – One of the victims in a deadly pharmacy shooting was remembered Tuesday night in a funeral in Morristown.

The shooting happened Thursday morning at Down Home Pharmacy on Highway 25 E in Bean Station.

Hundreds packed First Presbyterian Church in Morristown for pharmacist Stephen Lovell's funeral.

Some who knew him described him as the smartest person they'd ever met.

Lovell was an electrical engineer who went on to get his MBA, but he still yearned for a career where he could help people.

Mourners say that's how he went to pharmacy school.

Lovell worked at a few pharmacies before he became the owner of Down Home Pharmacy in January.  

"How in the world could someone go in and shoot him in the head? That's something else," said Michael Lovell, Stephen's cousin, one of many family members still reeling from the murder.

"Steve was living his dream. He was full of life and had a heart of gold. He'll be missed," said Dave Lyles, a friend.

The impact Lovell had on the community was clear from the turnout at his funeral. Hundreds from across the area filled his hometown church.

Friends and family told 6 News Lovell had long term plans to expand his business. He leaves behind a wife and three kids. The youngest was just three-years-old.

Jason Holt, 37, is accused of killing Stephen Lovell and a customer, Richard Sommerville. Two other victims were wounded in the robbery at the pharmacy.

District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn says Holt robbed the pharmacy to obtain a large amount of oxycodone pills.

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