Coming from one of the original founding families in Smith County, he was born May 28, 1924, to LuLu Belle and Kennedy Loftin just west of Teaselville. John went to school at The Eurika School and finished at Bullard High School when the schools consolidated. He always loved basketball and played varsity at both schools and later was player-coach in the military, winning the 1956 Far East Championship.
In August of 1940, John caught a bus in downtown Bullard in front of the White Drug Store and started his career in the U.S. Army
Air Corps (later U.S. Air Force
), which lasted for 23 years and he was a veteran of World War II
and Korea. In 1963, after his first retirement, he moved his wife and three kids to Bullard, buying a small business, and started serving his community. He had been trained in the military to handle parts and worked for numerous GM dealerships as a parts manager before retiring for the second time in the mid 1980s.
John was mayor of Bullard several times, president of the Bullard School Board, treasurer of the Bullard Methodist Church, Bullard Man of the Year, Wall of Fame Bullard High School 2011, Bullard city councilman serving up into his 80s. John was a proud supporter of his community, loved his wife, children and grandchildren right up until the end and will be missed by everyone who knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson.
His is mourned by his wife of 62 years, Lorna Swinton Loftin; son, John K. Loftin III and wife Fonda, The Woodlands; son, Robert Swinton Loftin and son David, Fort Worth; daughter, Sharon Ruth Loftin Nash and husband Tony, Whitehouse; brother, William Lee "Buck" Loftin and wife Ann, Crosby; sister, Mary Anne Loftin Tarrant and husband Jim, Cherokee County; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; along with numerous cousins, extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be sent to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 76701; 800-777-9860; www.hospiceofeasttexas.org
Visitation will be held at Boren-Conner Funeral Home in Bullard from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at the Bullard United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Brasher officiating.