Mrs. Vera Dove Still Loftin, age 97, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Clearview Regional Medical Center, in Monroe, of heart failure.
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Born in Youth, Georgia, on February 5, 1916, Mrs. Loftin attended Walton County Schools and graduated from Monroe High School. After finishing business school, she worked in Atlanta until she met and married Col. Loftin on December 12, 1941 and began her career as a homemaker. After several moves during World War II and Korea, she settled in Atlanta, and then Decatur. In 2000 she moved to Bethlehem, and then Loganville, in 2012. She was raised in the Corinth Christian Church in Loganville. Once she was married, she became a long time member of the First Christian Church of Atlanta where she was a member of the Christian Women's Fellowship and Crusaders Class. After she settled in Bethlehem and Loganville she again attended the Corinth Christian Church, where she was a member of the Progressive Co-ed Class. At 97 years old, Grandmother, Aunt Vera, or Miss Vera as she was affectionately called, lived independently, cooked her own meals, kept a spotless house, and lived with her kitty, Katie. She still drove and attended church regularly. At her birthday celebration this past February, she was seen on her knees playing with one of the children and she got up without any help. Until a year ago she had been in great health and had not been in a hospital as a patient since the births of her two boys some sixty years ago. An avid sports fan, she especially loved college football, basketball, baseball, golf, and hockey. She knew as much about the games as anyone. She loved her immediate and extended family, her family of friends, her church, and her travel. She was an avid reader and enjoyed a good book over television unless there was a game being televised. She was preceded in death by her husband, Colonel Robert Taylor Loftin, Jr., United States Air Force, Retired; granddaughter, Lauren Kate Loftin; parents, William Ira Still, Sr. and Dovie Viola Atkinson Still; and brothers and sister, William Ira Still, Jr., Harold Royce Still, and Ruby Lee Still Blankenship.
Survivors include: sons and daughters-in-law, Robert Ira Loftin and Judy Lee Hill Loftin, Mark Still Loftin and Anita Louise Sanders Loftin; grandsons and granddaughters, Jarrad Michael Vaughn and Olivia Seney Vaughn, William Taylor Loftin, and Marie L. Riggan and Michael Daniel Riggan; great grandsons and great granddaughter, Ethan Gage Vaughn, Elliott Rider Vaughn, and Michaela Judy Riggan.
The family will receive friends from 2 – 4 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. on Monday, June 17 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052. 770-466-1544.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 18 at the Corinth Christian Church, with the body lying in state at 10 a.m. Minister Don Hardison and Minister Lester Waters will officiate. Burial will follow in Corinth Memorial Gardens.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance, 533 West Uwchian Avenue, Downington, PA 19335.
Please sign the online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com
Tim Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in BarrowCountyNews from June 17 to July 16, 2013
Tim Stewart Funeral Home
670 Tom Brewer Road Loganville, GA 30052