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James Harrison (Jim) Love, 68, of Hopkinsville, KY

HOPKINSVILLE, KY - James Harrison (Jim) Love, 68, of Hopkinsville, KY passed away at 1:15 a.m. Sunday, December 16, 2012 at Alive Hospice at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, TN after a long battle with cancer.

A native of Elgin, Illinois born February 26, 1944, he was the son of the late James Thomas and Minnie Lue Harrison Love. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and had served in the Vietnam war.

Love began his duties at WHOP on September 19th, 1972 after coming to Hopkinsville from WNBS in Murray.

In his farewell that aired in December of 2005 when he entered semi-retirement for the first time, Love talked about hearing the Early Bird Show in 1971 while picking up the state basketball tournament feed from WHOP. Jim had no idea that he would one day become a fixture on WHOP and in Hopkinsville.

Jim covered nearly every major news story that ever impacted western KY in his 40 year career, but none was bigger than the Gander crash that claimed the lives of 256 Fort Campbell soldiers and flight crew.

Love appeared on CBS News for a report on the crash.

WHOP General Manager Mike Chadwell says Jim was one of the most important personalities in the station’s history that goes back over 70 years and that includes the likes of the Colonel Dink Embry.

Just this past October, he was awarded the Ky. Broadcasting Association J.T. Whitlock Life Service Award.

Survivors include his wife Cherryll Lamb Love, one son, Bobby Love, Benton, KY, two daughters; Amy Love Colley and her husband Scott of Hopkinsville and Jennifer Love Folz, Hopkinsville, one sister, Ann Love Schneider, Woodstock, GA and six grandchildren; Kyle Andrew Graham, Allison Paige Colley, Emma Karol Folz, Ethan Case Folz, Eli Joseph Folz and Ella Kate Colley.

A sister, Judith Love Haugaard, preceded him in death in January 2010.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Hughart & Beard Funeral Home in Hopkinsville with speakers to include Rev. Ron Hicks, Mike Chadwell, Mike Foster, Ann Petrie and Dale Mitchell. Burial with military honors will follow in KY Veterans Cemetery West. Active pallbearers will be Mike Chadwell, Jeff Sisk, Todd Hamilton, Mark Lovely, Adam May and Kyle Graham. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club and the Athenaeum Society. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, United Way or to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203.

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