Memorial services for Reverend Pinckney Victor Love, Jr., 70, of Diboll, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Diboll First United Methodist Church, with Reverend Chuck Huffman officiating. Reverend Love was born November 5, 1942 and passed away Sunday, May 5, 2013 in a local hospital. Rev. Pinckney was reared in Gadsden, Alabama, the son of educated and professionally accomplished parents. He excelled in high school in both athletics and social connections, especially in track, basketball, and football. He attended Howard College (now Samford University), transferred to the University of Alabama, where he completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts. With degrees in biology and education, he began a career in teaching and school administration, first in Alabama and then in Georgia. Eventually his longing to be a minister took over and he entered Vanderbilt University
and graduated from the Divinity School. He was ordained in the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, later joining the United Methodist Church and began many productive and creative years of pastoral care in North Carolina, Georgia, Southern Illinois and Texas. He was currently serving as the Pastor of Banita United Methodist Church in Nacogdoches County. Survivors include his wife, Reverend Becky Love of Diboll; daughter, Melissa Love Sauls and husband Jason of Pembrooke, Georgia; sons, 'Trey' Pinckney Victor Love III of Waynesboro, Georgia and Tyler Ewing Love of Waynesboro, Georgia; daughters, Samantha Henson of Fort Worth, Molly McWhorter and husband Aaron of Longview and Susie Eldridge and husband Denver of Marshall; sisters, Victoria Love of Benbrook, and Nancy Kate Love and husband Tom Pearce of Staunton, Virginia; grandchildren, Harleigh, Baleigh, Becca, Kaslyn, Jeremiah, Greenleigh and Gracyn. Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com. Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.