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CHARLES THOMAS LOFTIN, of Honey Grove, known by his family as Tommy, passed from this life Saturday August 3, 2013 at the age of sixty-four, at Red River Regional Hospital, following a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Private burial arrangements were made by Starrett Funeral Home at Evergreen Cemetery in Paris. His family will host a service in celebration of Tommy's life at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday August 6, 2013 at Honey Grove Nursing Center in Honey Grove, Texas.
Tommy was born October 10, 1948 in San Antonio, a son of Charles Edwin and Mary Carolyn Wilkins Loftin. He attended Rio Vista Grade School in San Bernadino, California prior to attending Willingham Junior High in Macon, Georgia, and graduating from Bibb County Technical School, where he specialized in auto body repair. In 1974 Tommy moved with his family to Paris, and began volunteer work with Paris MHMR for two years prior to his employment with Paris Junior College. During his time at PJC Tommy was a jack-of-all-trades, driving trucks, painting, cleaning, and grounds-keeping. After twenty-two years of service to the college, he retired due to the onset of Parkinson's. His disease progressed, and he became a resident of Honey Grove Nursing Center, where his passion for planting and watering flowers was a favorite activity. He took pride in presenting his handpicked bouquets to his mother. Among his greatest joys were assisting staff and fellow residents, whether cleaning, grounds keeping, table and chair setup for church meetings, or wherever he could find himself useful. Tommy was a loyal employee and loved and admired by all who knew him.
Tommy was preceded in death by his father, Charles Loftin; and a nephew, JonathanLoftin.
He is survived by his mother Mary Loftin; a sister, ShirleyLoftin; two brothers, Larry Loftin and wife Renee, all of Paris and Roger Loftin and wife Kay, of Wisconsin; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Starts at 2:30pm (Eastern time)
Honey Grove Nursing Center
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