Bonnie N. Love passed away on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at her home in Charlotte, NC. She was a native of Asheville and a daughter of the late Moultrie and Ada House Love.
In 1969, Bonnie was a part of the first integrated class of Asheville High School and the subsequent protests that resulted from the Brown V. Board of Education decision of 1954. During her time in Asheville, Bonnie served as Youth Advisor for the NAACP youth chapter, Million Women March Committee Chairman and Community Health Director of New Hope Community Health Center. Bonnie was an advocate for the African American Community. Bonnie was known for her work in not only promoting awareness in healthcare disparities, but bringing stakeholders together to enact change. Bonnie was passionate about revitalizing "The Block” and preserving African American culture in downtown Asheville. Bonnie has been recognized and interviewed for over 15 Citizen Times articles ranging from 1969 at the age of 17 as an outstanding student, to her work with the New Hope Community Health Center and revitalization efforts on the Block in 2004.
Bonnie worked on many initiatives supporting non-profit organizations including community and business development, assisting mothers overcoming substance use and mentoring at risk youth.
Bonnie Love was not only a faithful and dedicated mother, but she was also an educator (civil rights, health care, mental health and wellness), women’s right activist, artist and a grant writer. A visionary that helped birth a culture of care and respect for the black community in Asheville. Notable community accomplishments include Goombay Committee, Holiday on the Block, Music on the Block, Midnight Basketball, and Shop the Block.
As an African American Cultural Artist, Bonnie enjoyed sewing, doll making, and creating handmade jewelry.
Bonnie's legacy lives on through her husband, Elder Curtis Devette; children, Jonathan Samuel (Jacqueline), Serena Andrews (Kelvin), Marshall Love (Divine); brother, Ralph Love; grandchildren, Jonathan Jr., Jaxson, Shamirrah, Kayhleb, Joshua, and Micah.
Public viewing will be 12:00-1:00 pm and Family Visitation 1:00-2:00 pm Monday, December 13, 2021 in the chapel of Ray Funeral & Cremation Service. Funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm. Burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery.