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Charles Love

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Charles Love Notice
Love, Charles of Mount Dora Florida, died on August 6, 2014. He had just celebrated his 90th Birthday 2 weeks prior! He was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Charlie enlisted in the Coast Guard during WWII at age 17. During his service he was assigned aboard LSTs USS Constellation and USS Chyahoga. He was awarded the following medals: WWII Victory Medal, American Theatre Operations medal, Good Conduct medal, European-African-Mddle Eastern Campaign medal, Unit Commendation in Assault Landings on Sicily, 6 Unit Commendations in Assault Landings at Salerno, Italy, Unit Commendation Participation in Original Assault Landings on Normandy, France (D-DAY) and the Medal of the Jubilee of Liberty. His most cherished accomplishment was meeting and marrying the LOVE of his life, Mary Jean, who was also serving in the Coast Guard during WWII. Upon Honorable Discharge he earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Arkansas ("GO HOGS!"). Soon he moved his family to Florida where he fulfilled his career as a Trust Officer for Citizens Bank, Barnett Bank/Bank of America. He attained the position of Senior Vice President and Senior Trust Officer prior to retiring. He spent his life as an avid golfer and boater and love sports cars! In his retirement he enjoyed traveling as often as possible. Charlie was a wonderful husband and father and loyal friend. He was never without the love of a family dog, and this happiness was mutual. In his later life he enjoyed family and friends and regular visits from Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (also known as the "Comforter Spaniel") and he was a supporter of the Rescue Group. His last two years he was fortunate to receive loving care at the VA Community Living Center. There he was always treated as a Hero, and a family member. We thank them for their love and compassion. Charles Love is one of the last members of the "Greatest Generation." He was predeceased in death by his wife, Jean and is survived by Daughter and Son-in-Law, Kristin and David Parker, Cousins Tom J. Love (OK) and Ann Gwin (TN) and many loyal friends. Memorial Service will be held at A.J. Harden Funeral Home, Mt. Dora, FL 8-14-14 at 6 pm. Internment with Military Honors at FL National Cemetary in Bushnell on 8-15-14 at 11 am. Donations to Cavalier Rescue of Florida, 855 Yorktown Dr., Rockledge, FL 32955 are appreciated.

Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Aug. 10, 2014
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