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11:24 PM, May 26, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR- Bean Station, Tn) As police continued the investigation into the Bean Station shooting, family members spoke out Friday about the victims.

The son of a Richard Alexander Sommerville, who was killed in a shooting Thursday at a Bean Station  pharmacy, remembered his dad as a lively person and proud grandfather.

"If he was in a room or at a party, he was definitely going to be noticed," said Ryan Sommerville, Richard Alexander Sommerville's son, who lives in New York.

Sommerville said his father worked in New York for over thirty years before he moved to Bean Station. He said his sisters, Lorrie, Kelly, and Sally live in East Tennessee, as well.

Sommerville said his father went into Down Home Pharmacy Thursday to buy poison ivy lotion, while his mother, Kathleen Sommerville,  went into another store in the shopping strip.

He was shot when officials say Jason Bryan Holt, a former police officer, came in to rob the store of prescription drugs.

"Many do not know my father had two  hip replacements and nearly died two times due to severe infections, going through six operations that took nearly three years to recover. He also battled throat cancer and just had back surgery three months ago," said Sally Sommerville, one of his daughters. "Jason Holt performed a heinous, cruel, selfish act."

Richard Sommerville, 72, also leaves behind two grandchildren, Samantha and Joseph.

"He loved his grandkids," said Sommerville.

Ryan Sommerville said he and his family just came to visit his father in the spring.

"He loved to garden, yard sales, stuff like that," said Sommerville. "My dad really enjoyed collecting trains, that was a big hobby of his."

Richard Sommerville's visitation will be held at Central United Methodist Church in Bean Station from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. p.m. with a service to follow. 

Sommerville will be flown to New York and services will be on Thursday, May 30th.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations be made to East Tennessee Children's Hospital for medical equipment.

Steven Lovell, the owner of Down Home Pharmacy, was also killed. His nephew, Derek Green, said Lovell was excited and focused on his new business.

The funeral service for Lovell will be at First Presbyterian Church of Morristown Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00. Before the service his family will receive friends from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the building fund at First Presbyterian Church of Morristown, the Economy United Methodist Church or to a charity of choice.

Green said his uncle had just celebrated his birthday this week.

"I actually saw him Monday," said Green. "We talked about ball and fishing and golf, like we always do any other time that you see him. But, that was the last time I'd see him."

Green said his uncle was married with three kids.

"He was always easy to talk to. He was just always there. You never see him mad, never see him mad. Always playing with his kids, always around, just a good guy," remembered Green.

While the families of Lovell and Sommerville remembered their loved ones, the families of two women who were also shot said they are praying for them, but it will be a long road to recovery.

A family member of Janet Colleen Clift, from Rutledge, said Clift is married with one son, and is great person who everyone likes.

Both women are pharmacists at Down Home Pharmacy and were working Thursday when the scene unfolded.

Police said they both tried to fight off the gunman, Jason Holt.


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