Prominent farmer and member of the community Robert Love died Wednesday at Raintree Manor. He was 86.
Love had been an active board of director member for the past 60 years for Warren County Farm Bureau. He was also a past-president of the board, previously serving as president for 20 years.
Farm Bureau agency manager Jeff Flatt said, “Mr. Love was a very dedicated person to the community, his family, and Farm Bureau. He served as president for a number of years and was probably the longest standing board member. He started as a member of the board as a young farmer. He was also always very supportive of 4-H and FFA programs.”
Love served 20 years on the Warren County Commission, was an active commissioner of West Warren-Viola Utility District and served as secretary of the Warren County A&L Fair during the 1970s and ’80s.
He attended First United Methodist Church.
Love was a farmer most of his life. His son, Bobby, said the only job his father had outside of farming was in 1945 when he made tires for Goodyear in Akron, Ohio for $1.05 an hour. Robert’s love of farming and the South brought him back to Tennessee.
His family started farming in DeKalb County on the Caney Fork River. According Bobby, his grandparents moved to McMinnville and the Arcadia area after the dam was built on the Caney Fork River which flooded the family’s farmland. Bobby said his father was 21 when he moved to Warren County.
Bobby said his father was mainly a livestock and grain farmer who owned 1,500 hogs at any given time. “My father started feeding the hogs cake, candy, spaghetti and marshmallows back in the ’60s when he could get it cheap. That would put the pounds on the hogs pretty economically,” said Bobby.
Bobby said his father also owned beef cattle and had owned a dairy farm in the past. The Love farm grew to include land on Old Smithville Road.
Bobby said, “My father tried to be honest and fair in the game of life.”
In addition to his son, Love is survived by his wife of 62 years, Peggy, daughter-in-law Tammy and two grandchildren, Wilson and Shelby Love.
Obituary information for Mr. Love is available on page 2.