James was born in Erwin, Tennessee to Theodore R. Love, Sr. and Nellie Melissa Stover Love. He was a graduate of Unicoi County High School and the University of Tennessee. His early life on the family’s dairy farm, along with his degree in agriculture, laid the foundation for a career in wholesale dairy sales and other agriculture-related fields.
A life-long Christian, James served in leadership positions of several Christian churches and organizations in East Tennessee. He volunteered his time for Appalachian Christian Village, Smoky Mountain Christian Men’s Fellowship, Samaritan’s Purse shoebox ministry, among others.
James never met a stranger. He loved talking with people, getting to know them and their interests. He developed many lasting friendships through his caring ways and heartfelt actions.
James was preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Robert, Clarence, David, Stanley, and John Doran, and his daughter, Beth Ann Love. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Polly Marie Osburn Love, daughters Janet Richard and husband Russ of Knoxville, Melissa (Missy) Martin and husband Roger of Gray, and son James (Jimmy) Love and wife Martha of Gray, seven grandchildren: Christopher Richard, Meagan Hopson and husband Chris, Kelly Richard, Caroline Good, Andrew Martin, Annie Love, and Hayden Good, one great-grandchildren: Emily Hopson; and brother, T. R. “Ted” Love, Jr. and wife Peggy; along with several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Life Care Center of Gray for the wonderful loving care given to our father.
A celebration of life service will be held at Boones Creek Christian Church on Thursday, August 1, 2019 beginning at 6:30 PM with Minister David Clark officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. A graveside service will be held on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 11:00 am at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation be made to Boones Creek Christian Church Missions, Gray, Tennessee, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee. Arrangements are in care of Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to the Love family online at www.dillow-taylor.com.
Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, 753-3821