WILLIAM GLOVER LOFTIN, SR.
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William Glover Loftin of Delhi, LA passed away peacefully on March 18, 2013. His loving and dedicated wife of 47 years, Marilyn Cooper Loftin, and beloved daughter, Lillian Loftin Greer, were by his side as he was reunited with his heavenly father. A memorial service to celebrate his life will take place at First Baptist Church at 1:00pm on Thursday, March 21st.
Bill, as he was known by his friends and family, was born in 1935 in Many, Louisiana to parents Theron and Jimmie Louise Loftin. In 1947, his family moved from McLeod, Texas to Delhi, where he would raise his own two children, pursue his career, and form countless meaningful friendships.
He graduated from Delhi High School in 1953 and was a formidable presence on the football field, where he played with two state championship teams. He then pursued his Bachelor's degree in Agriculture at Louisiana Tech in Ruston. During his undergraduate education, he was the caretaker of the University's mascot and charter member of the Block and Bridle Club. He also served as a member of the intercollegiate livestock judging team, which won many honors at the major livestock shows, including the Chicago International, Fort Worth Fat Stock Show, and Houston Fat Stock Show and Rodeo. Bill was an asset to his team and helped them to win first place by being the highest scoring individual in the beef cattle competition and the second highest in individual swine judging. In 1957, he graduated from La Tech with his B.S. in Animal Science.
In the fall of 1957, Bill began his post-graduate studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he served as a teaching assistant and as the coach of the Junior Livestock Judging Team. He was instrumental in the sale of feeder calves in the sale sponsored by the National Livestock Auction Association. While at LSU, he was an active member of the Block and Bridle Club and proudly cared for the University's mascot, Mike the Tiger. In 1959, he earned a Master's degree in Animal Science.
Upon completing his graduate degree, Bill became an instructor at Northeast Louisiana University, now University of Louisiana at Monroe. There, he taught Animal Science intermittently for four years. In 1960, he began a long association with the Northeast Louisiana Livestock Show, where he would serve as secretary, treasurer, and as a board member until 2004. During this time, he was appointed by Governor Edwin Edwards to a state board representing banking and lending institutions on the newly formed Louisiana Meat Industry Commission.
Bill began his banking career in 1967 with First National Bank of Delhi and was appointed as Agricultural Business Representative. He worked closely with farmers and stockmen in the area and assisted them in increasing farm and ranch productivity, as well as improving management relating to farms and ranches. He was later employed by Capital Bank, Deposit Guaranty, and First American Bank, where he served as bank Vice-President, Executive Vice-President, and President. He also served on the Board of Directors for Capital Bank from 1969-1998. From the very beginning, Bill pursued his career with honesty and passion.
In 1998, Bill was instrumental in organizing Commercial Capital Bank, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors, President and CEO. In 2003, he entered a semi-retired status and continued serving Commercial Capital as Vice Chairman and board member. Always dedicated to his profession, he remained President, CEO, and a board member of Capital Bancorp, Inc., a holding company of his creation. He also served as a member of the Government Relations Committee for the Louisiana Bankers Association.
An avid and accomplished hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman throughout his life, Bill took pleasure in spending time with his son, William, and his friends at his hunting camp. He made dear friends throughout the region who shared his love of hunting and his "second profession" of breeding foundation quarter horses, a pastime that brought him great joy. He also enjoyed his farming interests in Franklin and Tensas Parishes and took delight in observing crops from seed to harvest. His love of animals and of the land brought him a sense of fulfillment throughout his life.
Bill was unselfish with his talents and his time. His numerous community, civic, and professional activities attest to his ability to lead and serve the citizens of Franklin and Richland Parishes. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, National Cutting Horse Association, Farm Bureau and Louisiana Bankers Association, Richland Parish Cattleman's Association, the Agricultural Committee of the Louisiana Bankers Association. In addition, he also served on the Agricultural Advisory Committee for the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
A dedicated member of First Baptist Church of Delhi for 65 years, he was a godly man and served his Savior with pureness of heart. Bill was a loving and supportive husband to his dear wife, an unwavering supporter and mentor to his children, and a grandfather who adored each of his grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. A man who rose from humble beginnings, he used his broad shoulders and keen intellect to uplift and support all those who loved, admired, and depended upon him.
He is deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his beloved wife, Marilyn Cooper Loftin. Their marriage and friendship was an inspiring example of unconditional love, loyalty, and true companionship to their children and all who knew them. He is also survived by his children, who were his greatest sources of pride--Dr. William Glover Loftin, Jr. and Lillian Louise Loftin Greer, and their spouses, Sarah Loftin and Daniel Greer. He will be missed by his grandchildren: William Joseph Loftin, James Luke Loftin, Jackson Harrison Greer, and Mary Loftin Greer. Bill's children adored and respected their father and never doubted his steadfast love for them. They sought his insightful counsel earnestly and the solace of his arms without hesitation. Bill was a strong and selfless man who loved his family and served his God with his whole heart. He was grateful to God for his countless blessings and purposeful life. Among his many blessings, he counted his 34 year friendship with Randolph "Pete" Williams as one of his most treasured and respected. Pete was a loyal and trusted friend to Bill and will always be thought of as a member of the Loftin family. Of his many accomplishments, his marriage and children were the most meaningful to him. His legacy lives on through William, Lillian, and his grandchildren and he will remain in their hearts forever. Like that of our Heavenly father, his love endures evermore.
To quote from Angelo Patri's statement about a loved one, "In one sense there is no death. The life of a soul on Earth lasts beyond his departure. You will always feel that life touching yours, that voice speaking to you, that spirit looking out of other eyes, talking to you in the familiar things he touched, worked with, loved, as familiar friends. He lives on in your life and in the lives of all others that knew him." It was a true blessing to be a part of such a great man's life. Bill will forever occupy a special place in our hearts, and we will cherish his memory always.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home or First Baptist Church of Delhi.
Cox Funeral Home
Published in The News Star on Mar. 20, 2013