Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 32 History

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(By Delegates Haynes, Anderson, Barach, Barnhart, Barrett, Bates, Boggs, Booth, Bridges, Brown, Bruce, Capito, Clark, Conley, Cooper, Criss, Dean, Diserio, Doyle, Ellington, Espinosa, Evans, Ferrell, Fleischauer, Fluharty, Forsht, Garcia, Graves, Griffith, Hamrick, Hanna, Hansen, Hardy, Higginbotham, Holstein, Horst, Hott, Householder, Howell, D. Jeffries, J. Jeffries, Jennings, Keaton, D. Kelly, J. Kelly, Kessinger, Kimes, Linville, Longanacre, Lovejoy, Mallow, Mandt, Martin, Maynard, Nestor, J. Pack, L. Pack, Paynter, Pethtel, Phillips, Pinson, Pritt, Pushkin, Queen, Reed, Reynolds, Riley, Rohrbach, Rowan, Rowe, Skaff, Smith, Statler, Storch, Summers, Sypolt, Thompson, Toney, Tully, Walker, Wamsley, B. Ward, G. Ward, Westfall, Williams, Worrell, Young, Zatezalo, and Zukoff)

[Introduced March 9, 2021 ; Referred to the Committee on Technology and Infrastructure then Rules]


Requesting the Division of Highways name the entire length of road designated as County Route 9 and County Route 14 in Fayetteville, situated in Fayette County, West Virginia, locally known as “Gatewood Road,” as the “Senator Shirley Love Memorial Road”.

Whereas, Shirley Dean Love was born on May 15, 1933, as the son of the late Earl Clinton and Winona May Hall Love; and

Whereas, His unusual Christian name was the suggestion of a family nurse, the wife of newspaper columnist Shirley Donnelly, since she felt the newborn child resembled one of her own; and

Whereas, Love was gifted with an outstanding singing voice, and it was a little-known hymn he sang one Sunday in the Oak Hill United Methodist Church that caught the attention of the owner of WOAY Radio Station, who invited him to audition for a job as an announcer and ultimately helped launch his career; and

Whereas, From the time he was eight years old, Love was a steadfast member of the church's choir; and

Whereas, Shirley Love graduated from Collins High School in 1952; and

Whereas, His fame began to mushroom while anchoring "Saturday Night Wrestling,” which Shirley Love described as a “Southern West Virginia Saturday night opera,” who also noted that the wrestling show had a longer television run than “Gunsmoke;” and

Whereas, Before long, Shirley Love had a following that propelled him into a career in state politics; and

Whereas, For 2 years, he served in the West Virginia House of Delegates and invested 14 years in the state Senate; and

Whereas, Early on, Love's engaging, ever-present smile won him many lifelong friends and he quickly built a reputation in the state Legislature as a tireless worker, always willing to listen to the concerns of his constituents; and

Whereas, A decade ago, he was the subject of a biography, "A Man Called Shirley," a chronicle of his colorful and productive life that made him a household name across his native West Virginia; and

Whereas, sadly, Shirley Dean Love passed away on July 17, 2020, at the age of 87; and

Whereas, Preceding him in death were a son, Dr. Brian Stephen Love; sisters Earline Treadway, Loraine Minnix, and Ruth Veigh, and a brother, James Love III; and

Whereas, Cherishing his memory are his loving wife of 68 years, Audrey Love; a son, James "Jimmy" Love IV; a daughter, Christie Love; grandchildren, James Love V and companion Mary Nell, and also Sarah Love, the mother of James' children, Matthew Love (Allison), Robert Love (Amanda), Benjamin Love (Tiffany), Mary Beth Knight (Pete), and Michael Love and companion Lauren Satyshur; 11 grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Ann Painter; and

Whereas, For these reasons it is fitting and proper that the entirety of Gatewood Road be named in honor of Shirley Love; therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name the entire length of road designated as County Route 9 and County Route 14 in Fayetteville, situated in Fayette County, West Virginia, locally known as “Gatewood Road,” as the “Senator Shirley Love Memorial Road;” and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Commissioner of the Division of Highways is requested to erect signs at both ends of Gatewood Road containing bold and prominent letters proclaiming the road as the “Senator Shirley Love Memorial Road”; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a copy of this resolution to the Commissioner of the Division of Highways.

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