|Birth: ||Aug. 4, 1944|
|Death: ||Mar. 9, 2009|
Love III, James S.
64, died Monday, March 9, 2009, in Gulfport. (Wright & Ferguson, 601-352-3632).
Published in the Clarion Ledger on 3/10/2009
A Requiem Eucharist celebrating the life of James S. Love III of Biloxi will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2009, in St. Francis Hall of the St. Andrews Cathedral in Jackson. A visitation will be at 10 am with the service following at 11 am and burial at Lakewood Memorial Park.
Mr. Love, 64, died on Monday, March 9, 2009, at Gulfport Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Love was born August 4, 1944, in Jackson to Jimmy Love Jr. and Joe Ellis Buie Love. In his early life he was a resident of Jackson and Biloxi, living at the White House Hotel in Biloxi in the summers, which was owned by his father. He attended Duling Elementary, Bailey Junior High and graduated from Murrah High School in Jackson in 1962. Mr. Love went on to Ole Miss, where he was president of the Ole Miss Business School and president of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, graduating in 1966. He earned an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia in 1968.
Mr. Love's career began in advertising at J. Walter Thompson in New York in 1968, but he soon took a job as a securities analyst at Baker Weeks and found his calling. Mr. Love worked for a number of firms on Wall Street, including Paine Weber and Dean Witter, covering the machinery industry during his roughly fourteen years as a securities analyst.
Mr. Love became the Chairman of Love Broadcasting Company, owner of WLOX-TV, in Biloxi after the death of his father in 1972. He took on an active day to day role in the company in the late 1970's and eventually devoted himself full time to the company, owned by himself and his sisters, the late Jo Love Little and Mary Eliza McMillan. He found a great deal of personal fulfillment in the broadcasting business, and the company eventually expanded to include radio stations in Jackson, Savannah, GA and a television station in Medford, Oregon. The family also owned Lakewood Memorial Park in Jackson. During his time at WLOX, Mr. Love delivered numerous editorial reviews on the nightly news. He was the executive producer of the Peabody Award winning documentary "Did They Die in Vain" and also "Steps to Nowhere", a documentary of the lasting impact of hurricane Camille on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Mr. Love considered his work with the news programs and teams at WLOX and the Peabody Award for "Did They Die in Vain" to be some of his most significant accomplishments.
Mr. Love branched out from the family business in 1990 by forming Love Communications Company of Jackson, Ms. Initially focused on cable advertising, he expanded the company with the visionary program Mississippi News Tonight, a nightly hour long news broadcast covering the entire state of Mississippi. Although the program ultimately did not achieve commercial success, Mr. Love nonetheless took a great sense of pride in the program and considered it one of the high points of his business life.
In another area of accomplishment, Mr. Love and his sisters Mary Eliza McMillan and Joe Love Little, restored the Jackson home of their great uncle Major Millsaps' into a bed and breakfast inn, the Millsaps Buie House, persevering through a challenging restoration. He also took on the rejuvenation of the White House Hotel in Biloxi, formerly owned by his father, though that project has not been completed.
Outside of the business world, Mr. Love was active in many activities in the state of Mississippi and on the Gulf Coast. He was the Chairman of the Nature Conservancy in Mississippi, chairman of the Miss Teen USA Pageant, and served on the board of the Boys and Girls Club in Biloxi. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Millsaps College, which was founded by his great-uncle, Major Reuben Webster Millsaps.
Survivors are his wife, Christine Joachim Gibson-Love of Biloxi; son, James S. Love IV (Jay) and Lessie Leggett of Atlanta, GA, daughter, Caroline Love Bogen and son-in-law, Joshua Bogen III of Belmont, NC and daughter, Gillian Meredith Love of Oxford, MS; grandchildren, Josh Bogen IV and Elizabeth Love Bogen; sister, Mary Eliza Love McMillan and brother-in-law, Howard Lamar McMillan Jr., of Jackson; nieces including Eliza McMillan Garraway and her husband, Rick Garraway of Jackson, Mary Eliza Aston and her husband, Paul Aston of New York, NY; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to St. Andrews Cathedral of Jackson, 305 East Capitol St., Jackson, 39201; St. John's Episcopal Church of Ocean Springs, 39564; Burial will be at Lakewood Memorial Park Cemetery.
Published in the Clarion Ledger on 3/11/2009
James Sanford Love (1910 - 1972)
Joe Ellis Buie Love (1909 - 1983)
Lakewood Memorial Park
Maintained by: Dayton Miller
Originally Created by: Mona Hura
Record added: Mar 10, 2009
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