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James E. Love

June 16, 1958 — March 22, 2023

Lincolnton, Georgia

James E. Love

Age 64 of Lincolnton, Georgia and formerly of Wilmington and Elwood, Illinois, died Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at Aperion Care Center in Wilmington, Illinois.

Born June 16, 1958 in Joliet, Illinois, James E. was a son of Leroy and Peggy (Garner) Love. He was raised in Elwood and attended Joliet Township High School. James was an accomplished mechanic and worked for the City of Wilmington before relocating to Georgia.

As a great mechanic, James enjoyed keeping himself busy tinkering, working on cars and small engines. In addition, he could fix anything and was a true ‘Jack of all trades’. James was extremely crafty; would never give up, and was always determined to finish whatever project he was working on. Remembered for being strong headed, James was a selfless man who was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need.

Survivors include his children: Sarah (Philip) Rock "Sarah Joe" and Jamie Ann  Romanetto "Mainard", both of Wilmington; Cody James Love of South Carolina and Jessica Elaine Love of North Carolina; four grandchildren: Alyssa Mitsdarffer, Jonathon Romanetto, Emma Romanetto and Kurt Rock; his special friend and companion, Ann Mooney of Elberton, Georgia; one brother Timothy Love of South Carolina; and numerous cousins and friends.

James was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Elaine “Gail” (nee Kent) in 2003.

Cremation rites have been accorded, and celebration of James life will be planned at a later date.

James cremated remains will be laid to rest with his late wife, Gail in Marion, Illinois, as well as with his father, Leroy Love in Custer Park, Illinois.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in James memory to either Aperion Care Center in Wilmington or to the family for their distribution.

Family and friends are encouraged to log onto to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share James’ memorial page online through social media.

Cremation services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. (815-476-2181)

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