Paul M. Love, Sr. (1956-2014)
Inspired at a young age to travel, explore and achieve great things, Paul's life story stands as a testament to his love of life, family, friends, and adventure. He began his professional career in banking, working for numerous banks in the Nashville area including First American, Fidelity Federal, and Sovereign's Bank (now Bank of America). He met his future wife, Stephanie, at the Jolly Ox in Nashville in July of 1976--making quite the impression dressed in a suit, complemented by a full leg-to-hip cast. The two were married a
short time later in October of 1978.
In 1981, he was chosen as a Rotary Scholar to represent banking in an American delegation to India and Pakistan. This was only the beginning of a distinguished career of travel and work overseas. A dedicated employee and student, he obtained an Associate's degree of Science in Banking from Nashville State Technical Institute in 1982 while also working full-time. In May of 1983, his wife gave birth to their first child, his daughter Lauren. She was to be followed soon thereafter by his son Paul Jr. in September of 1985. Only three years later, in 1988 he obtained a hard-earned Bachelor of Science in Business Management from La Salle University as well as receiving the prestigious, internationally recognized Effie Award for Advertising Effectiveness.
The 1990s brought him back overseas when he accepted a job with the Saudi-French bank in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His work in the Middle East allowed Paul and his family to travel extensively, with visits to numerous countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, England, France, and Switzerland. Even following his return to the United States, his wanderlust could not be sated and he spent the next two decades working as an independent financial consultant and traveling extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, East and Southeast
Asia, and Australia.
In 2001, he took on a new role as grandfather to his daughter's son Xavier. A passionate goer to garage sales, he spent Friday and Saturday mornings scouring the city for classic movies--hundreds of which he and his grandson donated to the Hendersonville Public Library. In 2013, he took his final international adventure to Tunisia, where he witnessed the addition of a new member to his family, his son's wife Sarah.
Family and friends will remember him as a truly exceptional human being for his humor, keen intelligence, enduring selflessness, and quiet generosity. An active member of the St. Joseph of Arimathea
Episcopal Church and a contributor to numerous charities, he gave both time and assistance to those in need on countless occasions Ultimately, his remarkable professional career was matched only by his multi-faceted role as loving and beloved husband, son, father and grandfather. He is preceded in death by his father, Mitchell Love. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Stephanie Love; son, Paul Mitchell Love, Jr. (Sarah); daughter, Lauren Spencer Love; grandson, Xavier Alexander Fite; brother, Tim Love (Diane); sister, Debbie Love; mother, Loretta Jo Kidd. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 2pm at St. Joseph of Arimathea. Burial will follow in Hendersonville Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5-8pm at Hendersonville Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Joseph of Arimathea. HENDERSONVILLE FUNERAL HOME 353 Johnny Cash Pkwy Hendersonville, TN 37075 615-824-3855 springfieldfh.wpengine.com