ROCKWELL, N.C. -- Jonathan David Love, II (J.D.) born March 13, 1988, beloved brother, son, grandson, nephew, cousin, friend and hero to all, lost his battle with leukemia on Dec. 2, 2007, at 6:35 a.m. at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, N.C.
J.D. fought his illness with a vengeance for the love of his family, but most of all his 11-month-old son, Jared. He suffered immensely for the last week of his life to give us the comfort of knowing that he is now with his heavenly father experiencing the glory of heaven, pain free and rejoicing in the knowledge that his beloved mother accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and savior and that he is not only her angel watching from heaven, but helping guide us all so that we may be together with him in glory one day.
The family expresses the utmost gratitude to Dr.'s Powell and Hurd and the entire staff of Baptist Hospital who cared for J.D. during his battle with this terrible disease. Also special thanks to Chaplain Dee McCullough for leading Nikki, J.D.'s mother, to the Lord.
J. D. is survived by his mother, Nikki Starnes of Charlotte, N.C.; stepfather, Randy Storms of Mint Hill, N.C.; father and stepmother, Jonathan and Melissa Love of Rockwell, N.C.; grandparents, Lonnie and Jo Ritchie Bryant of Fort Mill, S.C., Terry and Carolyn Love of Boomer, N.C.., H.O. Starnes Jr. of Charlotte, N.C.; great-grandparents, Gordon and Hazel Corn of Hendersonville, N.C.; and Raiford Love of Charlotte; special aunts, Kay Richi of Charlotte, N.C., Kay Beach of Matthews, N.C., Jennifer Starnes of Kansas City, Mo.; very special uncle, Gary Martin of Lancaster, S.C.; numerous other aunts and uncles and cousins; adopted aunt, "Beasie" Treadway of Fort Mill, S.C.; and last but not least is furry friends, Buck, Rags and Lucky Dog.
The funeral service will be 11:30 a.m. today, Dec. 4, 2007, at Powles Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Bruce Graham officiating. The visitation will be today from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Powles Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family and J.D. request that donations be made to The office of Development & Alumni Affairs, WFUBMC, Medical Center Blvd., Winston Salem, NC 27157. Please include a note stating in memory of Jonathan David Love II for leukemia research department. In the note, please ask that all donation confirmations be sent to: Lonnie and Jo Bryant, 1191 Hensley Road, Fort Mill, SC 29715.
Powles Funeral Home of Rockwell is assisting the Love family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.