Obituary of William V. Loving
September 4, 1883

The Kentucky Courier Journal published this obituary of William V. Loving in September 1883, praising him as a "fearless, able and upright Judge" and a "high-toned Christian gentleman."


Death of Judge Wm V. Loving, in His Eighty-first Year

Judge Wm V Loving, an old and well-known citizen, died at the residence of his son, H. V. Loving, No. 1, 119 Fourth street, early yesterday morning. Judge Loving was born in Virginia and brought by his parents to Kentucky at an early day, and they lived, honored and respected by all who knew them, near Bowling Green. Judge Loving was educated at the University of Virginia, being one of the very earliest graduates. As a ripe and accomplished scholar, he reflected credit on his alma mater. His earliest manhood was devoted to teaching at Pulaski, Tenn., and afterward at Bowling Green. In the meanwhile he had fitted himself for the profession of law, which was the business of his life. He became an ornament to the bar of the State and ranked as a learned and successful practitioner. On several occasions he served the people of his section in both branches of the Legislature of Kentucky, where he was esteemed as an enlightened, attentive and upright legislator. His popularity was great on account of intrinsic merit, for he never descended to the arts of the demagogue, but was a forcible and eloquent public speaker. Without solicitation on his part he was nominated as a candidate for Governor of the State, which he was compelled to decline by the condition of his health. Afterward Governor Bramlette was selected as a candidate in his place, and was elected.

The distinguishing features of Judge Loving’s character were modesty and the highest order of personal rectitude. No man ever heard him utter a sentiment or knew him to do an act of which any man need be ashamed. His first commission in the judiciary was that of Circuit Judge by the appointment of John J. Crittenden, then the Governor of the State. He was reelected by the vote of the people under the present constitution. He retired from the bench of his own accord without a stain upon the ermine worn by him, but with the well-earned name of a fearless, able and upright Judge.

Judge Loving died as he lived, a high-toned, Christian gentleman, and his death will carry sorrow to the hearts of many friends who knew him but to honor and love him, and who will deeply sympathize with his numerous kindred and most of all, with his estimable children and grand-children, to whom he was always the best of parents, worthy in every sense of the honor and affection which they lavished upon him.

The funeral services will be held at the residence of his son Hector, on Fourth street, at 3:30 o’clock this afternoon. The interment will be private.


The Courier Journal, 4 September 1883