John William Loviza
Nashville, Tennessee ~ John William Loviza age 84, passed away
unexpectedly September 27, 2015. He was born June 1, 1931, to John
Joseph and Mabel Harris Loviza in Vicksburg.
His initial employment was with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, which sent him on projects
throughout North Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Greenland.
He joined Hercules Powder Co. in 1958 as a demonstration blaster. John
advanced through successive assignments in Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky,
New York, West Virginia and Delaware. He was employed in the
explosives industry up until the time of his death, spending the past
three decades with Hermitage Explosives Corp. of Nashville.
Mr. Loviza was a member of the International Society of Explosives
Engineers and The Moles. He was a communicant of Holy Rosary Catholic
Church in Donelson, Tennessee, for many years. Besides his parents, he
is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Emily Pierce Loviza, and
two sisters. He is survived by his sons, Bill (Ann Crecelius) Loviza of
Joelton, Tennessee, Tom (Carol) Loviza of Midlothian, Virginia, Mike
(Mary) Loviza of Bear, Delaware, and a daughter, Alise Loviza of
Madison, Tennessee; sisters, Blanche (tom) Irby of Madison, Alabama, and Myrtle
(Bobby) Alvarado of Vicksburg; and a brother, Joe Loviza of Vicksburg;
six grandchildren; and special friend Katherine Bryan of Nashville.
Visitation was Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Phillips-Robinson
Funeral Home, 2707 Gallatin Road in Nashville, and Friday one hour
before the service at the funeral home.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 2, 2015, at the funeral home
chapel with the Rev. Robert Spickard and Father Phillip Halladay
officiating. Internment followed at Spring Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers were grandsons and family friends. Honorary Pallbearers were the employees of Hermitage Explosives Corp.