Colonel James Warren Love, U.S. Army, retired, died Oct. 14, 2009, in Williamsburg.
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Mullen Love, of Columbus, Georgia.
Colonel Love was born June 19, 1917, in Glendive, Montana. He received a B.A. in economics from the University of Montana in 1939 and a M.A. in international relations from George Washington University.
He started a 33-year career in the Army in 1940. In World War II, he commanded the 38th Infantry Anti-Tank Company of the 2nd Division and was awarded the Silver Star during the Battle of the Bulge. His company took out a column of tanks from the 12th SS Panzer Division at Rochrath/Krinkelt, Belgium. With gusto, he joined the field artillery after the war but took special pride in his Combat Infantry Badge.
Upon retirement from the Army, Colonel Love worked as a manager for Teleprompter Cablevision. In 1974, he became commandant of cadets at Staunton Military Academy. Later, he was business manager and then headmaster of Stuart Hall School in Staunton.
Colonel Love started skiing at the age of 4 and did not hang up his skis until he was 87. He taught his children and grandchildren to ski but failed to convert his wife.
Colonel Love was an active Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow. He loved his vegetable garden and the 1963 Chevy truck it required. His daily early morning regimen was Bible study, Grape Nuts and a two-mile walk.
While stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in the 1960s, he became involved in his first Bible study, which was transformative. He devoted the rest of his life to Jesus Christ, bearing fruit an hundredfold.
He is survived by a son, Lieutenant Colonel James F. Love and his wife, Peggy, of Arlington; a daughter, Mary Jane Seay and her husband, Lieutenant Colonel D. Cameron Seay of Charlottesville; and grandchildren, Halley Love Bysshe, her husband, Peter, and their sons, James and Porter, of Brooklyn, New York, Julia Love of London, England, Ben Love of California, Cynthia Seay Shomo, her husband, Justin, and their daughter, Margaret, of Staunton and Elizabeth Seay Martin and her husband, Stephen, of Buffalo, Wyoming. “The just man walketh in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.” Proverbs 20:7
A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 25, 2009, at Williamsburg Community Chapel. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 31, 2009, at Arlington National Cemetery.
The family suggests contributions to Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg or Wycliffe Bible Translators.
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