LOVE, Dr. A. S.

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Submitted by: (Mary Love Berryman) – December 5, 2005


Ballinger Baptist Builder, Vol. 5, No. 18, 24 Oct 1943, Ballinger, TX

Dr. A. S. Love

Tuesday 12:30 p.m., October 12 Dr. A. S. Love, beloved physician and honored deacon of our church fell on sleep at the Halley and Love Sanitarium of this city, the institution they founded in 1905. Funeral services were conducted at the First Baptist Church, Wednesday at 4:00 p.m at whose altar he worshipped until ill health compelled his retirement. The services were conducted by the pastor, Clarence A. Morton. The Scriptures read were the Twenty third Psalm, the eighth chapter of Romans and the fourteenth chapter of John. The pastor used as a text Acts 13:36, written by Luke, the personal phusician to the Apostle Paul, “For David after he had served his own generation by the will of God fell on sleep”. The pastor in his message refered to the significant service rendered by Dr. Love in his home, in his chosen profession in which he was one of the outstanding physicians and surgeons of Texas, and his devotion to Christ, His Church and the Cause of Christ as fostered by Baptists around the world.

The choir sang two hymns, “Abide With Me” and “My Jesus I Love Thee.” Mrs. Charles Hambrick played the organ and as a recessional, “Goin’ Home.”

Professor Herbert Preston, head of Violin department, Hardin-Simmons U. played the “Nearer My God to Thee” and “In the Sweet Bye and Bye.” The active pall beareres were the active deacons of the church and Bro. T. J. Parrish, retired deacon and the Runnels County Medical Association.

Burial was in beautiful Evergreen Cemetery, Ballinger, with King-Holt funeral directors.

Dr. Love was born in Florence, Williamson County, Texas, November 1871. He was married to Miss Estelle Moore in the Baptist Church at Florence and baptized into the Florence Baptist Church in 1895.

Dr. Love graduated from the University of Texas Medical School, May 1897 and after a brief practice at Waldrop in McCulloch County he came to Ballinger where he and Dr. W. B. Halley formed a partnership, and in 1905 erected the Halley and Love Sanitarium which institution and partnership was disolved in death.

Dr. Love was an honored and faithful member of our church for forty five years and a deacon for thirty seven years.

He is survived by his wife, one neice, Mrs. Mamie Ray Hayley of Tyler, three nephews, Prof. Herbert Preston, Abilene, J. T. Preston, Pearsall, Clarence Preston, Del Rio, all of whom were reaared in the home of Dr. and Mrs. Love. Four grand nephews and neices, Polly Preston, John Arthur Preston and Holiday (Sonny Boy) Hayley, Jr. and Mary Love Hayley. He is also survived by two brothers W. C. Love, Florence and Edwin Love, Corpus Christi, four sisters Misses Alice, Ada and Hattie Love of Florence and Mrs. T. C. Cooper, Georgetown.

May the Heavenly Father comfort and sustain all of the loved ones and friends.

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Submitted by: (Mary Love Berryman) – December 5, 2005


The Ballinger Ledger, October 1943

Dr. A. S. Love, 71, pioneer physician and surgeon of this section, died at his home, 301 Fourth Street, Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 after a lingering illness and for several days in a critical condition. His relatives gathered here last week to be at his bedside and death had been expected since that time.

Decedent graduated from the medical branch of the University of Texas at Galveston in 1896 and after a short stay in McCulloch county moved to Ballinger in 1897 and began practice here. In the pioneer days doctors were scarce and decedent often covered all this area with a horse and buggy in performing his work among the scattered ranch families.

In January, 1906, he and Dr. W. B. Halley began operation of the Halley & Love Sanitarium, an institution which still exists and which continued under the same name until this year. His success in surgery made him in demand not only for operations but for consultation with other doctors.

Dr. Love continued his practice until only recently when his failing health forced him to retire. Even then many of his patients called at his home for advice in matters of health.

Decedent became a member of the Baptist church when a young man in 1895. He was faithful to his church and for the past thirty-seven years served as a member of the board of deacons. In World War I he joined the armed forces and was first with the base hospital at Camp Logan, Houston, and later was transferred to Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio. In matters of civic work he was always ready to do his part and many times did for others in a quiet way things that others knew nothing about.

Survivors besides the wife include three nephews and a niece, who were reared in his home and who were like his own children to him: Herbert Preston, Abilene; Clarence Preston, Del Rio; J. T. Preston, Pearsall; and Mrs. Holiday Hayley, Tyler. Other relatives include two brothers, W. C. Love, Florence; and Edwin Love, Corpus Christi; four sisters, Misses Alice, Ada and Hattie Love, Florence; and Mrs. T. C. Cooper, Georgetown.

Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock, Rev. Clarence A. Morton officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were: R. E. White, Paul Kirk, Melvin Patterson, Dr. O. R. Lasater, Dr. C. F. Bailey, E. C. Grindstaff. Honorary pallbearers were: deacons of the First Baptist church, and members of the Runnels County Medical Association.

King-Holt Funeral was in charge of arrangements.

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The Dallas paper states:

A sister, Miss Hallie Love, has taught school in Dallas for twenty-five years.