Joe Ronald Love

02/05/1938 –


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  • Visitation
Date: 11/01/2021
Time: 5:00 pm
 – 7:00 pm
Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

  • Funeral Service
Date: 11/02/2021
Time: 2:00 pm
 – 4:00 pm
Southcrest Baptist Church

3801 South Loop 289, Lubbock, TX 79423

3801 South Loop 289, Lubbock, TX 79423


The family of Joe Love will celebrate his life of 83 years at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.  The Military service will be held at the Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock, TX.  The Masonic burial service will be held at Resthaven Cemetery directly following.  A fellowship and remembrance will be held on November 1, 2021, at Lake Ridge Chapel from 5-7 PM.

Just like the TV show “Everybody Loves Raymond,” EVERYBODY LOVED JOE R LOVE AND HIS BEAUTIFUL SMILE.  He was a wonderful husband, father, friend, 32nd Degree Mason, and Shriner.  He loved the Lord and showed it in the example he showed in his everyday life.

Joe was born in Tulia, Texas, to Howard and Delia Love.  His early life was spent 11 miles east of Tulia, where his parents farmed and owned and operated the Love Community country store.  Later, after attending school in the big metropolis of Tulia, Texas, Joe continued his education with the United States Navy, enlisting in 1955. Joe was honorably discharged after maintaining the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class Aviation Electrician Mate.  In the early 1960’s Joe applied for his first job with Southwestern Public Service as a meter reader.  He made it a habit to check on his application every day.  Finally, the SPS superintendent told him he might as well clock in that he was there more than the employees, so he might as well get paid.  That was the beginning of a 40-year relationship with a company he dearly loved.  There he met and maintained some of the best friendships any one person would ever want in this world.  After several positions and becoming a substation electrician journeyman for several years, he spent the last 15 years as a commercial and residential builders’ representative.  In 1998 Joe was awarded the Associate of the Year by the Home Builders Association members.  Joe considered SPS his Dream Job.

During that tenure during his spare time, he also ventured back again into the farming business in Ropesville, Texas, and owned and operated Trees of Texas for 10 years.

After retirement from SPS, Joe joined Greenstreet Construction for 5 years where he finished out his working career.

Joe and Hazel were married on February 12, 1997, in Durango, Colorado, after just a 4-month courtship.  Together they have a combined family of 7 sons and 1 daughter, 14 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and 1 on the way.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel Love; his beloved dog, Prissy; children, Rory (Erika) Love – Kona, Hawaii, Bob Love – Omaha, Nebraska, Cody (Noni) Love – Kingsland, Texas, Craig (Denise) Smith – Haslett, Texas Scott (Mendy) Smith, Johnny (Stephaine) Cagle, and Donnie (Alison) Cagle; grandchildren, John Love, Andrea Kay (Braydn) Moss, Elizabeth Love, Lauren Love, Trevor Sherry, Jacob Love, Joshua Love, Cassie Smith, Kyle Smith, Hailey (Ryan) Walker, Donnie Ray Cagle, Reese Cagle, Garrett Smith, and Carson Smith.

He is predeceased by his parents, Howard and Delia Love; sister, Norma Jean Kahn; brother-in-law, Louis Kahn; and daughter, Brenda Kay Smith.

A recording of the service will be available in 72 hours. The church is editing and finalizing the service video.


In lieu of flowers or donations, please send them to Shriners Children’s Hospital of Texas or your local SPCA.

Celebration of Life


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