OAK HILL, WV (WVNS) — A long time West Virginia politician and broadcaster has passed away. Friends and family are sharing their memories of Shirley Love who died on Friday, July 17, 2020. He was 87-years-old.
Gov. Jim Justice acknowledged Love’s passing during his Friday morning update on the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor stressed Love’s passing had nothing to do with the virus.
Love was born in Oak Hill and graduated from Collins High School in 1952. He was a local broadcast personality in Fayette County before moving into politics.
He represented Fayette County in the West Virginia Legislature as the Senator for District 11 from 1994 to 2008 and later a delegate for District 32 from 2016-2018. He ran for U.S. Congress in 2018 but was defeated by Richard Ojeda in the Democratic Primary.
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin took time to issue the follow statement regarding Love’s passing.
“Gayle and I send our hearts out to Shirley’s family, especially his wife Audrey, his children Christie and James, and his grandchildren for the loss of a great West Virginian and selfless public servant. For more than five decades, Shirley served as an incredible broadcaster as a sports journalist, the announcer of Saturday Night Wrestling, and the West Virginia Bandstand host. After his broadcasting days were over, Shirley then served the great people of Fayette County in the state legislature for over two decades, fighting tirelessly for his constituents in Charleston. I consider myself lucky to have called Shirley a dear friend and I know I am not alone in my admiration and respect for Shirley and his work. Gayle and I, along with all West Virginians, especially those in Fayette County, will keep Shirley’s family, friends, loved ones, and community in our prayers.”U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)