April Renetta Love was born in Texarkana, Texas, on May 1, 1985, to Ira and Magigor White Love. She left her earthly home during mid-September in Fayetteville, Arkansas. April was a devoted daughter and loving sister. She had a strong sense of love for family, friends and knowledge.
April had a special loving relationship with her sisters, with one of her primary roles being to serve as “boss.” Her sisters affectionately began referring to her as “Momma.” As they grew older, their relationship grew stronger. During home visits from college, the three would huddle together to listen to numerous amusing stories of her experiences and laughter would fill the air throughout the house.
As intellectually aspiring as April was, her driving habits, primary parking and sense of directions, were primal. Her dad received constant calls requiring assistance in locating her destinations. Thank goodness she traveled with her Bible at her side.
She was a 2003 Honor Graduate of Hope High School. She was involved in numerous high school activities: Senior Class Co-President, Cheerleading Co-Captain, Student Council Representative, National Beta Club, Key Club, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Nike Club and Homecoming Court.
April was a junior at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville enrolled in the Fulbright College of Arts and Science, Honor College Honors Student, majoring in Political Science, Communication and African-American Studies with ambitions to attend law school and enter politics. In pursuit of these goals, April was active with the University of Arkansas Young Democrats, where she held the position of Director of Minority Affairs. She was President of the Diversity Alliance on campus. She served as an intern for Congressman John Boozman in 2004. During the summer of 2005, April served as an intern for Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver II with the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, D.C.
April received numerous awards and scholarships: All-American Cheerleader, Arkansas High School Cheerleader Association Scholarship, University of Arkansas Leadership Award Scholarship, Roland Hicks Memorial Scholarship, Order of the Eastern Star Youth Fraternity Talent Scholarship, Rodney Momon Scholarship, Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, Katharine & Harold Hantz Scholarship and the Martin Luther King Scholarhsip of NW Arkansas. In May 2005, April was selected as the recipient of the Miss KTOY 104.7 Pageant Scholarship.
She was affiliated with many academic, social and civic organizations, including the Order of the Eastern Star Youth Fraternity and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she served as parlimentarian. She was a former Razorback Belle.
She was a deeply religious person. She was baptized and joined the Rising Star Baptist Church family at a young age. She shared her talents by serving as a church pianist for seven years with several churches in the community: F. T. Jeans C. M. E. Church, BeeBe C. M. E. Church, and St. Luke C. M. E. Church. While at the University, she was affiliated with the Dwelling Place and was an active participant in the College Ministry Gateway to Hope through St. James Missionary Baptist Church.
Missing her joyful, loving spirit are her parents; sisters, Bridget and Crystal Love of Washington, Arkansas; brother Stephen Bell of Camden; maternal grandparents, Gloria Owens of Little Rock and M. Reynolds White of Ozan, Arkansas; paternal grandparents, Tommie Sr. and Ruth Love of Washington, Arkansas; maternal great-grandmother, Irene May of Nashville, Arkansas; aunts and uncles, Dr. Tommy Jr. and Gloria Love, Beverly Love, Major Reynolds White II of Little Rock, Arkansas, Howard and Dauphine Nunn of Conway, Arkansas, and Blondie Bradley of Hope. Also surviving are her loving, special great-aunts and great-uncles, Betty Marshall, Bessie and Clarence McClenton, Idell White, Clarice Davis, Shirley Williams, and Minuen Jr. and Mary May, Eugene and Lynnette White, Lola White, cousins and many dear friends.