Billy Harrington Lothlen

Billy “Rabbit”  Lothlen, 84, of China Spring, passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 4, 2018 surrounded by his family.

Visitation: 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 7, at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend, in Waco

Funeral Services: 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 8, at Oak Grove Baptist Church.  Burial with military honors will follow at Wortham Bend Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 7, at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend, in Waco. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 8, at Oak Grove Baptist Church with Pastor Dennis Larson officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Wortham Bend Cemetery.

Rabbit was born January 6,1934 to Robert E. Lothlen and Vonnie Lee Sewell. He resided in China Spring for 43 years. He married the love of his life, Virginia Davis on June 8, 1956. Rabbit and Virginia were married for 62 years. Rabbit served in the US Navy on the USS Montrose during the Korean War.

Rabbit never met a stranger and was always known to be the life of the party. He retired in August 1992 with 30 years of dedicated service as a Letter Carrier with the United States Postal Service.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Bobbye Blankinship and June Pryor; brother, Glenn Lothlen; brothers-in-law, Slick Pryor, Johnny Davis and Jimmy Lee Davis; and sisters-in-law, Patsy Lothlen and Cindy Davis.

Rabbit is survived by his loving wife, Virginia Lothlen of China Spring; brother-in-law, Jake Blankinship of Waco; sister-in-law, Carol Tindell and her husband, Donald of Robinson; brothers-in-law, Paul Davis and his wife, Louise of Hewitt, Billy Davis of China Spring, Howard Davis of Waco, Don Davis of Boise, Idaho and Mike Davis of Homeland, California; numerous nieces, nephews as well as his church family and friends.

Pallbearers will be Paul Davis, Billy Davis, Howard Davis, Jeff Lothlen, Michael Lothlen, Steven Tindell, Keith Geisler, Kendall Messer and Ronnie Tindell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Oak Grove Baptist Church, 614 Oak Grove Loop, China Spring, TX 76633 or to Providence Hospice, 6700 Sanger Avenue, Waco, TX 76710

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Providence Hospice Place for their excellent care and a special thank you to the Oak Grove Baptist Church family for their help, support and love.

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Place of Service: Wortham Bend Cemetery , 614 Oak Grove Loop; China Spring, TX 76633

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  1. I’m going to miss Mr. Lothlen he was such a sweet person and always had a smile on his face. Truly a sweet man, my friend! Mrs. Lothlen I will be praying for you and your family. Kesha

  2. Providence Hospice

    Thank you for allowing us to help care for Mr. Lothlen. It was an honor and privilege. You all will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Providence Hospice Team

  3. Rita and Bill Arnold

    So sorry to see that our sweet friend has passed away. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. No more pain and suffering. Take care of yourself precious friend. We are unable to attend the service, but please know that you are in our continued prayers. Love you. Rita and Bill Arnold

  4. We are very sorry to hear of Billy’s passing. You and your family will be in our prayers.

    Jerry and Rebecca Johnson

  5. May God’s promise at John 5:28,29 of a future resurrection bring you comfort. Until that time comes, he assures us at Psalm 34:18 that he “is close to the brokenhearted” and “saves those who are crushed in spirit.” So he understands your pain and grief and is eager to help you by giving you the strength you need to cope during this most difficult time. (Philippians 4:13)

  6. We are so very sorry for your loss. How comforting to know the Bible’s promise at John 5:28,29 of a future resurrection. I also find comfort in 1 Peter 5:7 that shows that God truly cares for us individually and sees the suffering we experience when we lose someone we love. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

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