1903 - July 18, 1977
|A service of Celebration expressing thanksgiving for the life and ministry of the Reverend Ira A. Love was held on July 18, 1977 at the McGuire United Methodist Church in West Monroe. Bishop Kenneth Shamblin, assisted by the Monroe District Superintendent Rev. James J. Caraway, and Rev. Deen Thompson, led the congregation in gratitude for Brother Love’s life among us.
Brother Love began his ministry in 1923 through the Methodist Protestant Church in Norman, Arkansas. The Hunter Memorial Methodist Church in Little Rock was the first church that Brother Love served in the Little Rock Conference. He served churches in the Little Rock Conference until 1947 when he transferred to the Louisiana Conference. His 30-year ministry in Louisiana included the following churches: Wisner, McGuire, Delhi, Haughton, Winn Memorial, Plain Dealing, and Walnut Grove. While serving the Haughton Church he was instrumental in starting a mission church later to be named Love Chapel in honor of his life of service.
In 1969 Brother Love was granted the retired relationship with the Louisiana Conference. This relationship was in name only, since he continued to preach every Sunday. He came out of “retirement” to pastor the Walnut Grove Church which he served until the time of his death.
Brother Love and “Mrs. Ida” celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1972. The spirit of this family befitted their name. This spirit of love was shared with their daughters, Oleta, Katherine, Carolyn and their families. This love overflowed in friendships with parsonage families and congregations throughout the Conference.
Ira Love lived within days of his 75th birthday, but greater than this Ira Love lived each day to its fullest in love and service to God and man.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, 19787; p. 173 By Deen Thompson|