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J. C. Love


J. C. was born May 30, 1921 in Hopkins County, Kentucky to William Frank Love and Ila Pearl Eison. He retired from the Dawson Daylight and Colonial Mines after 42 years. He was an Army veteran during World War ll, serving as technical sergeant from July 1942 unitl October 1945 with Company F in the 271st Infantry Regulars. He was involved in battles and champaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, Ardennes and air offensuves. He received five Bronze Star medals. He was a member of Dunn Missionary Baptist Church, V. F. W. Post 5359 and served many years as a Mason in the Beulah Lodge.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Mae Love, on Aug. 15, 1999, two brothers, Leslie Dillingham, and Noble Love; and one sister, Vaden Linville.

He is survivied by three daughters, Toni Hancock, Judith Gunn, and Debbie Farris, all of Dawson Springs; Two sisters, Thelma Pearl of Louisville, Ky., and Louise Nichols of Dawson Springs; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.


Drag Line. Look under the rear of the drag line and at ground level. That is a car and people. J. C. at the controls of the machine he operated The photo may have been taken on the day he retired.


From the Madisonville Messenger

Charleston and Hopkins County have lost a good man. J. C. Love has gone on to be with the Lord. Many friends and family members will miss him. Being a friend of his for over thirty years has enriched my life. I first really got to know J. C. when I was a beginning teacher at West Hopkins High School. I found a fountain of encouragement from the man with a big smile and handshake. He was always there at all school functions, encouraging students and parents to do their best. In my 25 years at West Hopkins I never heard him criticize a student, an athletic, a coach, or a teacher. If we lost an athletic event, he would always say that we would get them the next time.

J. C. was one of the founders of the West Hopkins Athletic Boosters Club in the 1970's and president for several years. He helped to start the summer baseball and softball programs in 1973.


He always came to the games to support the children. Anytime there was a raffle with chances to be soold, J. C. would be the one doing most of the selling. People learned to just hand him their money and ask what the chances were afterward.

By attending church with him, I learned that he was a great man of God with love for all mankind. With the loss of him, and men like Jewell Logan and Wayne Nelson, the world is a much sadder place.

Men like J. C. Love are the example that more of us need to follow. Love your God, your family, and your neighbor.

Mike Duncan.