Robert Ray Love (Bob) died January 5, 2021, at Morrison Manor Hospice Home in Laurinburg, NC, surrounded by caring Hospice angels. Robert was born on January 8, 1930, in rural Stanly County, NC, to parents Homer and Ethel (Welborn) Love. He was preceded in death by his three siblings: Glen Love, James C. Love, and Faye Love Reynolds. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marie Wike Love and daughter Glenda Milholland Hall (Larry) of Stony Point, NC. Robert also leaves behind two daughters, Deborah Love Hobbs (Wayne) of Laurinburg, NC, and Freida Love Stanley of Moore, SC., and four grandchildren: Jenny Hobbs Bumgarner (Jamie) of Lexington, SC; Eliot Hobbs (Kim) of Charleston, SC; Laura Stanley Croft (Brad) of Hanahan, SC; and John Stanley (Lauren) of Charleston, SC. Nine adoring great-grandchildren also cherish his memory.
For many years Robert was employed by the R.H. Bouligny Co. of Charlotte, often traveling throughout the east coast to set up new textile plants. Eventually, he became Human-Resources director for the Charlotte office. Though he enjoyed his job, by mid-life, he decided to make a change. He began studying horticulture, and, in a few years, he and his wife opened Love’s Lawn Service which they owned and operated until retirement.
Robert loved sports at all levels and followed football, basketball, and baseball avidly. His favorite teams were NY Yankees baseball and Duke basketball. He also loved to read, daily enjoying THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, and, completing at least two novels most every week.
Another life-long passion was camping. He and Marie spent several months every year seeing as much of the United States (and Canada) as possible. They camped in nearly every state in America, even spending two extended stretches in Alaska. When traveling was no longer an option, they spent the summers in a campground in the NC mountains.
Moving from Charlotte to Scotia Village in Laurinburg, NC, in 2014, meant leaving behind a beautiful yard, neighbors, and Paw Creek Presbyterian Church. But before long, new friendships were made and, a local church, Faith Presbyterian became their place for worship. The family wishes to thank the staff of Scotia Village for kindness and excellent care throughout the years.
Memorials may be made to Scotland Regional Hospice, P.O. Box 1033, Laurinburg, NC 28353 or Boys and Girls Home of NC, 400 Flemington Dr., Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450
No Services are scheduled at this time.
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