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Opal Ramsey Love, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. She was a native of Yancey County, N.C. Following her graduation from High School in 1942, she moved to Erwin. Mrs. Love was the last surviving child of the late Jobe and Lyda Miller Ramsey.
She worked at several area flower shops. However, her career, by choice, was to be a good wife & mother to her two sons. She had a strong work ethic and instilled the same in sons Bill and Bobby to learn to work on the farm. A top priority was to take her sons to church without missing a Sunday. Mrs. Love was of the Free Will Baptist faith.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Robert Love, who passed away in Nov. of 1988; one son, the Rev. Bill Love, who passed in Oct. 2006; one sister and brother-in-law, Myma Bailey and husband, Floyd; and three brothers and sisters-in-law, Johnnie Ramsey and wife, Ruth, Niram Ramsey and wife, Zora and Tate Ramsey and wife, Trula.
Survivors include son: Robert “Bobby” Love Jr. and wife, Becky, of Erwin; grandchildren: Robert Lee Love III and wife, Tonya, Anthony Ramsey Love and wife, Pam, Deanna LoveSmith and husband, Bruce, Bill Love and wife, Kelly; great-grandchildren: Tara Rebecca Love, Robert Lee Love IV, Ramsey Katherine Love, Brady Robert Love, Trent Doran Love, Austin Woods LoveSmith and several sepcial nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home, with the Rev. Kevin Laws officiating. Eulogies were provided by Becky Love, Rob Love and Anthony Love. Musical selections were provided by the Southside Freewill Baptist Church Trio and Tyler Williams.
A committal service followed at Evergreen Cemetery. Serving as active pallbearers were Keith Whitson, Bobby Love, Rob Love, Anthony Love, Mitch Manuel, Bill Love, Clarence Bailey, and Gary Bailey. Honorary Pallbearers were nephews, men of Southside Freewill Baptist Church, Kent Harris, and Michael Hensley.
Valley Funeral Home was in charge.