1923 - 2014 Jay Loftin was born on January 5, 1923, in Saratoga, TX, and passed away on November 28, 2014, in Conroe, TX. Jay was preceded in death by his father Oscar Loftin, mother Mamie Belle Loftin, brother Floyd Loftin, and sister Lillene Smith. Jay is survived by his wife, Wilma Foreman Loftin, and three sons, L.J. Loftin and wife Cheryl, Kevin Loftin and wife Andrea, Kyle Loftin and wife Lindy, 5 grandchildren, Lance Loftin and wife Tara, Maegan Loftin Hennessy and husband John, K.J. Loftin and wife Deanna, Dillon Loftin, Reece Loftin, 4 (soon to be 5) great-grandchildren, brother A. G.(Runt) Loftin and wife Nell, sister Mable Chamblee, sister Mamie Joiner, brother Judson Loftin and wife Sarah, sister Stella Ann Bell and husband Douglas, brother T. J. Loftin and wife Cheryl, 39 nieces and nephews, and a host of great and great-great nieces and nephews. Jay was a member of the armed forces, serving in the Air Force during WW II and The Korean Conflict where he reached the rank of First Lieutenant as a Navigator. He lived in Jefferson County for most of his married life and raised his family there. He retired from The Gulf Refinery with over 40 years of service. He was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church in Port Arthur for many years, where he was a scoutmaster for over twenty years. One of his proudest moments during his tenure as scoutmaster was having more Eagle Scouts in his troop than any other single scoutmaster in the Three Rivers Counsel. He held that record until 2005. He also taught PE at the United Christian Academy School for five years. He helped to remodel several church locations while in service to the Lord. He was instrumental in starting Faith Harbor UPC in Beaumont with his dear friend, Rev. James D. Lee. When Rev. Lee moved to Port Neches to pastor Landmark United Pentecostal Church, Jay and Wilma became faithful members there. In early 2000 they moved to Conroe where they became active members of Living Way Church. Jay was a finish carpenter who loved to work with wood and build cabinets. He was always willing to assist family and friends with their remodeling projects. He was an avid sportsman who loved to fish, hunt, and eat whatever wildlife that provided. He always made time for his family and friends. Visitation will be held Friday from 7 - 9 pm at Landmark UPC, 2115 Nall St. Port Neches TX 77651. Funeral service will be Saturday 10 am at Landmark UPC. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens - Jefferson County 3098 US 69, Nederland TX 77627. Claire Brothers 713-271-7250
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Claire Brothers Funeral Home
7901 Hillcroft Avenue
Houston, TX 77081
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Dec. 4, 2014