August 7, 1934 ~ October 7, 2022

Born in: Fallstown Township, NC
Resided in: Arden, NC

Johnny Lee Loftin, 88, passed away Friday, October 7, 2022 at Givens Estates Health Center.

Mr. Loftin was born in Fallstown Township, NC to the late Clate and Nora Lee Loftin. He was also preceded in death by a son, Joseph Kirby Loftin and three sisters, Hazel Burrell, Eloise Meadows and Azile McLaurin.

Johnny retired from ABF Trucking as an operations manager. He was an Army Veteran and an avid sportsman who loved hunting.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara Howell Loftin; two sons, Jon Loftin (Rebecca) and Jeff Loftin (Donna); five grandchildren, Lanier, Suzannah, Victoria, Madison and Nicholas; a brother, Frank Loftin and a sister, Murlene Boliek.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.

A graveside service will follow the receiving of friends at Calvary Episcopal Churchyard in Fletcher at 12:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association,


Graveside Service: October 15, 2022 12:00 pm

Calvary Episcopal Churchyard
Hendersonville Road
Fletcher, NC 28732

Gathering of Friends & Family: October 15, 2022 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with ya’ll during the loss of your loved one, he will be greatly missed by a lot of family and friends, God bless you all jack butler and family

  2. Johnny was “a Master Gardner” and great neighbor of mine for 38 years. Now he lies in the “Master’s Garden”!!

  3. Jeff, Donna, and Loftin Family,
    Sending you our deepest condolences on the loss of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Praying for God’s comfort in the days ahead.

  4. Johnny was a great man, kind and a man of God. He now has a great life with his Lord and Savior. We will miss him very much but know he is much better off. See you soon old buddy. A job well done!

  5. Barbara and family. So sorry to learn of friend johnny’s death. He, as are all your family, are such special friends and the bond of memories are as family. How blessed we have been to have enjoyed that friendship. Lots of warm stories are told, often.
    Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and the family. God Bless.

  6. I am so sad to read of John-Boy’s death. What a wonderful individual, both inside and out! A pleasure to be around-smiling, cheerful, and kind! I especially enjoyed dancing with Barbara and Johnny on the Valley Springs Smooth Square Dance team-what fun we had.
    Love you John-Boy and much love to my friend,Barbara.
    Carol Peterson

  7. Barbara, Jeff, Jon. Sorry to hear of Johnny’s passing. Fond memories of our talks about gardening, beagles, rabbit hunting and deer hunting while working side by side for twenty years.

  8. Sorry to hear of Johnny’s passing. I worked with Johnny at ABF for many years and want to wish my condolences to Barbara and the Loftin family.

  9. Dear Family, I am so sorry to hear about Johnny’s passing. I worked with Johnny at ABF for many years. Johnny was good to me and he was a very good man! He will be greatly missed. I pray the sweet Holy Spirit of God will embrace you all in His loving arms and comfort you all giving you His miraculous peace. In Jesus Christ’s name I pray. Amen.

  10. Barbara Jeff ,John so sorry to read of Johnny’s passing. We use to have some good times and good food together at thanksgiving when we lived across from you, May God give you peace and comfort the days ahead, Gloria Boone

  11. Dear family, my heart is broken in two.

    Johnny, I have run the video of all our fun times, going on our yearly beach trips, cabin visits, crazy travels to all the thrift stores, playing 7s…what fun we all had. I remember the day Barbara told me when i was 10, you two were getting married and to keep it a secret. I love you. You’ve been a blessed part of my life. See you soon! I hope my mansion in Heaven is close to yours.

  12. Please accept sincere condolences from myself and all the DXK Team at Glory.

    We know the pain you must all be feeling at this moment. Time is a great healer and a store of happy memories; Lanier has already been kind enough to share some of hers with me.

  13. Barbara, Jeff, Jon and The Loftin Family…. I am so sorry to hear that Johnny passed…..I have fond memories of him as a child, when we would get together at Moma Loftin’s in Mooresville or at Lake Norman, to visit.
    He was always so kind, funny and full of life! We are thinking of you…. The Loftins in New York.

  14. Dear Barbara& Family, we want to offer our sincere condolences to you and your beautiful family. We have so many fond memories of when we were young and raising our children. May God be with you and all your family and bring you comfort during this difficult time. Much Love, Andrea & Robert Klepper

  15. Dear Loftin family
    So sorry to hear of Johnny’s passing. Bill & I attended Arden FBC with you all for many years and I delivered mail to you on St John’s for over 30 years- when Johnny had his garage sales he always shared plants with me. I have a butterfly bush & beauty berry bushes in my yard that makes me think of you all every time they bloom.
    May the Lord bless you & give you comfort in the days ahead. Johnny will surely be missed.

  16. Our father always spoke of fond memories with Johnny of their time in the Army. We are certain they are reminiscing of the good ol days.

    You have our condolences,
    The family of Bob H.

  17. Barbara and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Johnny hired my husband-Leon- at ABF. He thought very highly of Johnny. He would stop by to see him from time to time. Always in the yard working. I grew up in Arden First Baptist with the Loftin family. Lots of good memories. I pray that God will put his loving arms around all of you and comfort you. I’m praying for all of you🙏

  18. Jon and Jeff, We had every intention of being with you all tomorrow, but something has come up so we won’t be able to make it. Know that we are with you in spirit. Your mom and dad wrer great friends of ours for years. Your dad used to coome on his days off to sit Jakie in the lab, and I know you have heard the story of the nite they spent in the woods. Know that all of you are in our prayers. Love, Jakie and Nancy


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