Judge Johnnie Andrew Love

Entered office: January 01, 1963 | Left office: January 01, 1967
Date of birth: March 09, 1910 in Forest Chapel, Lamar County, Texas
Date of death: December 25, 1980 in Paris, Lamar County, Texas
Place of burial: Presbyterian Cemetery, Chicota, Lamar County, Texas

Johnnie Andrew Love was born in Forest Chapel, Lamar County, Texas on March 9, 1910. He attended his freshman year of college at the University of Arkansas and then transferred to the University of Texas where he received his masters degree in business administration. He graduated from the University of Texas during the Great Depression and was unable to find a position in a bank. In 1934 Love moved to Sudan, bringing with him three mules and three horses in a box car. He farmed a couple of years before purchasing land in Needmore. During this time he taught school in Sudan and Circle Back. In 1940 he married Malone Hughes, a teacher in Paris, Texas. The couple moved to Morton in 1941. Malone continued teaching in the Morton school system and Love continued to purchase land in Baily, Cochran, Red River, Lamar, Ward, and Pecos counties. He served on the Morton City Council and in 1962 Love was elected Cochran County Judge. He served two terms in office. After his role as county judge, Love served as mayor of Morton until failing health forced him to retire in 1979. Judge Love died on December 25, 1980 in Paris, Lamar County, Texas at the age of 70.

Source: Texas Sesquicentennial Texas’ Last Frontier Cochran County 1836-1986 Volume 1. Copyright Cochran County Historical Commission written by Malone Love circa 1985 and Judge Lovead’s obituary from the Lamar County Echo (published January 1, 1981). Adapted by Mary Helen McKnight 2016

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