Willa “Joy” McKinley Love


Willa “Joy” McKinley Love, 86, of Madison, died Friday, September 18, 2020 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Joy was born on November 16, 1933 in Glenn, Mississippi. She was the daughter of the late J. D. and Mildred White. Joy grew up in Winona and attended French Camp Academy which she loved and attended many reunions over the years. She was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas (Barbara) White and sister Jeannette (Cliff) Conner. Joy lived in Mississippi her entire life and was the epitome of a Southern Lady. 

Joy was blessed to have two great loves in her life. She was married for 28 years to the late William E. “Bill” McKinley. They had three children: Bruce (Melanie) McKinley, Karl (Laura) McKinley and Kathleen (Daryl) Mazzanti. She was extremely proud of her 11 grandchildren and loved to talk of their accomplishments. They are Jordan McKinley, Camille (John) Hensley, Olivia McKinley (fiance Michael Dunphy), Evan McKinley, Amelia McKinley, Maren (Brad) Hutto, Bryan McKinley, Christopher Mazzanti, Marie (Matt) Proctor, David Mazzanti and Samuel Mazzanti. Her pride and joy were her 8 great- grandchildren: McKinley and Mary Marshall Hutto, Kade, Cole and Quinn Proctor, and Mac, Wils and Hays Hensley. 

Joy was married for 28 years to Billy Glyn Love. Billy and Joy enjoyed playing golf and traveled the United States playing in golf tournaments. They were devoted members of Madison Church of Christ. 

Joy was easy to love and she loved fiercely and generously. Her passion was reading as was evidenced by the library in her home filled with all her books. We will miss her sweetness and her laugh. 

“People you love never die. They don’t die. Not completely. They live in your mind, the way they always lived inside you. You keep their light alive. If you remember them well enough, they can still guide you, like the shine of long-extinguished stars could guide ships in unfamiliar waters. if you stop mourning them, and start listening to them, they can, in short, be salvation.” Excerpt from How to Stop Time by Matt Haig 

John 14: 1-3 Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you? My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at Natchez Trace Funeral Home followed by burial at the Natchez Trace Cemetery.

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