Walker Eve "Dub" Love, Jr.March 08, 2013
Walker Eve "Dub" Love, Jr., died peacefully at home on Thursday, March 07, 2013, after a brief illness. He was happily married and a devoted husband to Margaret Ann Winner Love for 68 years, both of whom reside at the Village at Brookwood.
Walker was born in Burlington on April 14, 1926, to Walker Eve Love and Kathleen McClure Love, both deceased. Mr. Love, Sr.'s calling name was Walker, hence their son went by his initials. "W.E.", later being shortened by his schoolyard friends to, simply, "Dub." Dub's first job was working as a soda jerk at Acme Drug and later with an additional job as usher at the Paramount, Alamance and Carolina Theaters where in 1939 he viewed thirty seven consecutive showings of Gone With the Wind!
After graduating from Burlington High School in 1943, Dub attended The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina leaving in 1944 to join the Navy where he served as Petty Officer First Class aboard the USS Lake Champlain. Prior to boarding his carrier he and Ann were married in Newport, Rhode Island on February 26, 1945. Upon returning to Burlington after World War II Dub attended Elon College where he holds an honorary degree and later served as a trustee for the College. He began work at Neese-Shoffner Furniture Company in 1945. In 1948 he was instrumental in the successful effort to establish and build Burlington's North Park. Also, in 1948 Dub and Ann became founding Members of Alamance Country Club where Dub served twice as President. In 1950 Dub became the first Burlingtonian elected State Chairman of the North Carolina Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Dub went to work for T.B. Jones Insurance Service in 1952, where he eventually became a co-owner, thus beginning his career in the Trucking Insurance Industry which spanned sixty years. Dub's business achievements were overshadowed only by his honor, integrity and selflessness. He was a co-founder of Seaboard Underwriters in 1956 and founder of W. E. Love and Associates in 1982 where he remained as Chairman. He was an owner and director of both Bankers and Shippers Insurance Company and Universal Insurance Company. The recipient of many industry awards, he was also recognized as Businessman of the Year by the Burlington Jaycees and Boss of the Year by the Alamance County Association of Insurance Women. Dub's role in the rise, expansion and economic success of the insurance industry in Alamance County is deep rooted and significant.
He served as a co-founder and director of Burlington Bank and Trust Company. He was a co-founder of FirstSouth Bank, where he served as a director and chaired the Loan Committee. Dub was an honorary advisor to the Loan Committee at MidCarolina Bank.
An avid golfer, Dub enjoyed playing golf in the Carolinas and beyond, though he often joked that his game was "not good enough to take out of town!" His favorite golfing accomplishment was winning one dollar from Nat Garrison at Highlands Country Club during the very round where Nat set the course record. Both men birdied the eighteenth hole - Dub winning the press with a stroke! Like many of his friends he became a devoted UNC fan. He enjoyed tailgating at football games in Chapel Hill, and entertaining friends at the Dean Dome. Dub was perhaps the greatest gin rummy player our area has ever seen, competing in the first, and several subsequent, World Series of Gin Rummy Tournament(s) in Las Vegas, Nevada. He enjoyed his card friends such as Joe Kelly, Bill Burke, Jim Hair, Alan Mebane and Jim Worrell both in Burlington and Myrtle Beach, where he and Ann spent as much time as possible. Dub served many years as President of the Homeowner's Association at Maisons-sur-Mer and was a longtime member of Pine Lakes Country Club both of which are Myrtle Beach institutions. Dub and Ann loved to travel abroad, usually with good friends such as the Stoneburners, Goldstons, Bairds, Kourys or Maynards and always with a fair amount of adventure! Their very favorite trip was a magnificent one in 1992 to Kenya with Mr. and Mrs. William Leath.
Dub worshipped at the Front Street United Methodist Church, where his paternal grandparents were founding members. He served as both Stewardship Leader and Chairman of the Administrative Board. Dub had a private, yet strong belief in Christ and commented always on the rich blessings of his life.
A wonderful father and husband, Dub was long on patience, love and understanding. He believed in a quiet, almost anonymous style of generous support for charitable causes, especially those involving children. He possessed a strong, proactive sense of duty to reach out and help those in need. In recent years his personal sacrifice and care giving to his beloved wife Ann has been magnificent and a true action of both love and devotion.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ann Winner Love; son, Mr. W. E. "Rusty" Love, III and wife Margie, of Wilmington; daughter, Kathi Love Kulp of Little River, South Carolina; son Mr. John H. Love and wife Kim of Burlington; seven grandchildren, Tony Love and wife Cindy of Raleigh, Melanie Love, and Andrew Love both of Wilmington, Ann Love Johnson and husband Taylor of Burlington, Maggie Love of Greensboro, Lance Wilson, and McKenzie Love both of Burlington; two great grandchildren and one sister Jacqueline Love Ginn of Burlington.
The family is eternally grateful for the care provided by Toni Fogleman, Lacy Madkins, Kevan Morrow, Penny Calligan and the rest of the staff of Village at Brookwood, Alamance Regional Medical Center and Hospice & Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell . Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Maurice Koury, Bill Goldston, Bill Hawks, Ralph Holt, Jim McGill, Perry Nichols, Brad Peavy and Chuck Timmons.
Funeral services will be held Monday, March 11, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at Front Street United Methodist Church with Rev. Marshall Old officiating. The family will receive friends at the Front Street United Methodist Church Heritage Center one hour prior to the service and at other times at 536 West Willowbrook Drive, Burlington. Immediately following the service, a celebration of Dub's life will be held at the home of John and Kim Love at 536 West Willowbrook Drive in Burlington.
Memorials may be made to Duke Children's Hospital, Office of Development, 512 South Mangum Street, Suite 400, Durham, NC 27701 or to Front Street United Methodist Church, 136 South Fisher Street, Burlington, NC 27216-2597.