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Dr Bobby H. Loftis

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Dr Bobby H. Loftis

  • Birth 8 Jul 1929 Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 30 Jun 2007 Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia, USA
  • Burial Buckhannon, Upshur County, West Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 101044637

Dr. Bobby H. Loftis died June 30, 2007, in United Hospital Center in Clarksburg.

He was born July 8, 1929, at Mt. Airy, N.C., the son of the late Robert and Ethyl Loftis, and was married to Bobbie Wray Loftis, who preceded him in death Oct. 29, 2000.

He is survived by two sons, Philip D. and Barbara Loftis of Buckhannon and Christopher H. And Sheryl Loftis of Virginia Beach, Va.; and two daughters, Elizabeth A. and Jeffrey Dumas of Wheeling and Rebecca L. and Keith Foster of Fairmont. Two brothers, Jack Loftis of Mt. Airy, N.C., and Dale Loftis of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and a sister, Wilma Arnder of Goldsboro, N.C., also survive. His beloved grandchildren included Jessica Marie Hunter of Asheville, N.C., Catherine Loftis of Buckhannon, Daniel Bryan of New Martinsville, Nicole Bryan of Fairmont, Benjamin and Nickolas Smith of Fairmont and Tara, Trisha and Tyler Loftis of Virginia Beach, Va. He also delighted in his great-grandchildren, Alejandro Lopez Maldonado and Jade Bryan; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Natalie Rose Bryan.

Dr. Loftis attended Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. He received his master's degree from the University of Florida at Gainsville, and his doctorate in music from West Virginia University. He was a veteran of the armed services, discharged honorably in 1962. He was a professor of music at West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1959 until his retirement in 1991. He served as chair of the music department at Wesleyan from 1971 until 1985. He was vice president of West Virginia College Music Educator's Association. He also was a member of West Virginia Music Teacher's Association and was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honorary. He received numerous awards for service from Wesleyan. It was his great joy to lead the music ministry of First United Methodist Church from 1959 until 1979 as choir director, and from 1979 to 2005 as organist. During his tenure and retirement, he presented many musical program for the church and for the United Methodist Women, who donated $10,000 in his honor toward renovation of the Rohrbough organ at Wesleyan. Dr. Loftis also lent his musical talents to various community activities, frequently providing music on short notice for funerals, weddings and other events. He also accompanied many musicians and groups in performances at Wesleyan.

Gravesite Details Cremated - ashes buried.

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  • Created by: Sharolar
  • Added: 20 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101044637
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Bobby H. Loftis (8 Jul 1929–30 Jun 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101044637, citing Heavner Cemetery, Buckhannon, Upshur County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Sharolar (contributor 47506889) .