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Philip Daniel Loftin

 

Page 1: The Early Years

Born: 1978, Catawba County, NC

 
                                       

 

(Left) Philip at about 3 months old

 

Philip Daniel Loftin was the second child born to Curtis Dean Loftin and Carolyn Janet Weeks.  Philip was born in 1978 at Catawba Memorial Hospital in Hickory, North Carolina (Catawba County).

 

Curtis and Carolyn wanted to give their new-born son a Biblical name and they chose Philip Daniel.

 

When the original birth certificate came, his name was spelled "Phillip" - and since that was not the Biblical spelling, it was not what we wanted.  We made the correction and a new birth certificate was issued.

 

Philip's sister, Beth, had been born by Caesarean-Section in 1976.  In the 1970s, if one child was born by Caesarean section, all the children after that would automatically be delivered by C-Section.  Therefore, Philip was also delivered by C-Section.

                       

Carolyn was in the hospital with baby Philip about 7 days before they finally came home.  During that time, Curtis was teaching school during the day, taking care of  1.5-year-old Beth in the evening, trying to find time to wash, cook, clean house and even visit Carolyn and Philip at the hospital during the evening.

 

                     
                                       
Philip had one sister, Elizabeth Ann Loftin, who the family called Beth.
                                       
   

(Below)  Curtis and Carolyn are proud of their new-born son

   

   

                                       
                                       

(Below) Curtis holds Philip while Beth gives her new brother a kiss
Beth gets an opportunity to hold her new-born brother all by herself

 

                                       
                                       

The Loftin family attended Victory Cathedral in Conover during this time and Philip's baby dedication took place there.  Rev. Bob Hillard was their Pastor.  Philip was born in April 1978 and Curtis started growing the beard that he would wear for the rest of his life in May 1978.

                                       

(Left to Right)  Rev. Bob Hillard, Curtis and Carolyn holding Philip

                                       
                                       
                                       

(Below) Philip takes a little nap with Dad

                                       
                                       

Philip was a sweet baby with a very gentle nature.  When it was bed time we'd say, "Go get in bed, Philip".  He'd say "O-tay" and go get in bed all by himself with never a complaint.

                                       

  

                                       
 
 

(Below) Carolyn holding Beth, age 2.5,  & Curtis holding Philip, age 1

                                       
 
 

 (Below) 
Philip, age 1.5,  opens a present with his mother
during Christmas 1979

 

                                       
                                       
                                       

Additional Christmas photos from 1979,  Philip age 1.5

 

                                       

 

(Above Left) Philip plays baby Jesus in the Christmas play at Victory Cathedral

                                       
                                       

Christmas 1980: Philip age 2.5, Beth age 4

  

                                       
                                       
                                       

(Left) Philip and Curtis in 1981
(Below) Philip at Christmas, 1982

                                       
                                       
                                       

(Below) Curtis, Carolyn, Beth and Philip (age 4) in 1982

                                       
                                       

Carolyn chose to stay at home with Philip and Beth for several years when they were small.  She supplemented the family income by keeping other children, too.

Eventually Carolyn went back to work.  Philip and Beth stayed with a family friend, Barbara/Babbie Smith.

When Philip was 4, he was enrolled in Claremont Day Care.

 

(Above & Right) Philip at Claremont Day Care

                                       
                                       
                                       

Philip's first day of public school, August 1983.  Philip was 5 and Beth was 6 and 1/2 years old.  They attended Balls Creek Elementary School for several years before they started private Christian school.

 

                                       
                                       
                                       

(Below) September 10, 1983, Philip gives Beth a present for her 7th birthday.  He's 5 years old.

      

                                       
                                       
                                       
Philip attended Balls Creek Elementary School for Kindergarten and First Grade.
                                       
                                       
                                       
 

Kindergarten:  1983 - 1984

     

1st Grade: 1984 - 1985

 

 

                                       
                                       
                                       

(Below) The family installed a swimming pool in their back yard in April 1985.  Philip and Beth both learned to swim that year and were excellent swimmers.  Philip swam  like a little fish!

 
 
Philip and Beth were both baptized in the family swimming pool in July 1985.  The family was attending Newton Conover Christian Fellowship Church.  The Pastor was Bradley Spencer and Associate Pastor was Ken Frasure.
 

(Below Left) Philip & Beth listen as Pastor Brad shares about the symbolism of baptism.
Jerry & Lynn Stewart with Chris Armstrong sit nearby.
(Below Center & Right) Pastors Brad & Ken baptize Philip and Beth

 

(Below) Certificate of membership to Newton-Conover Christian Fellowship after Philip's baptism

 
 
 

The family gets noticed while attending Catawba's first community parade

 
 
 

(Left) Spring 1985, Book Week in 1st Grade at Balls Creek.  Philip goes as Pinocchio
(Middle & Right) Christmas 1985: Philip age 6, Beth age 8, Carolyn age 32

                                       
 
1986 Philip & Beth
Curtis' First VHS Video - He Borrowed the Camera From School Over Christmas Break
Date Subject Additional Information Video Link
Dec 1986 Beth & Philip Sing "It's So Great to Be a Beaver"
[Too funny not to watch]
CLICK HERE
 
 
 
 

In the fall of 1985, Philip and Beth left Balls Creek Elementary School and started attending Tree of Life Christian Academy in Hickory.  Carolyn was their teacher.  Students of multi-ages and grades worked on their "Paces" in the same classroom.  Students were allowed to work at their own pace and had to test out of each booklet before they could move on to the next one.

                                       

(Below Left) 1985 - 1986 at Tree of Life Christian Academy
(Below Center & Right) The family no longer participated in Halloween.  The church instead opted for an event they called "Holy-ween".  Kids were supposed to come as Christian-themed characters.  Philip & Beth were "Aliens (like Christians): Not of This World!"

 
                                       
                                       

 

   (Left & Below) 1986:
Philip, age 8.5, and Beth, 10-years-old

                                       
                                       
                                       

(Below) Philip played Baseball with the Balls Creek Optimist in 1988.
He was in the 4th Grade.  There was no sports program in the Christian school.
Optimist gave him the opportunity to play baseball with other kids his age.

                                       

Team Name: Braves

     
Number Name Position
27 Ryan Meadows Pitcher
29 Jeff Smith Pitcher
30 Jeff Laney Pitcher
32 Jeremiah Buechner Catcher
40 Joey Little 1st Base
25 Philip Loftin 2nd Base
35 Travis Foard Short Stop
31 Casey Hanes Right Field
35 Bryan Parker Short Field
28 John Hendrick Left Field
07 Jeremy Wimberly Center Field
00 Shannon Burke Right Field
     
  Shirley Blackwell Coach
  Paul Pope Assistant Coach
  Mr. Hanes Assistant Coach
     
                                       
                                       

   

                                       
                                       

Philip also played Optimist Club baseball in 1989, but quit after an injury landed him in the emergency room.

 

(Below) Philip with his Dad, Curtis

 

                                       

(Below) 2nd, 3rd and 4th Grades
at Tree of Life Christian Academy and Newton Conover Christian Academy

                                       
                                       

(Below) 5th and 6th Grades
at Newton Conover Christian Academy/New Horizon Christian Academy

 
 
 
The Loftin Family Pool
Date Subject Additional Information Video Link
23 Jul 1989 Pool Philip & Beth at the Loftin Pool with Mark Miller;
Philip does forward & backward dive into the pool
CLICK HERE
  
 
 
 
 
Philip With the Family Dog, Beka, and Her Puppies
Date Subject Additional Information Video Link
01 Jun 1991 Philip Philip plays with Beka in the kitchen CLICK HERE
16 Jul 1989 Philip & Beth Philip & Beth play with Beka's puppies CLICK HERE
  
   
 
 
 
 

Philip spent five years in private church school at (1) Tree of Life Christian Academy, (2) Newton Conover Christian Academy and (3) New Horizon Christian Academy.  His mother was his teacher all of those years.  When his parents, Curtis & Carolyn, decided to change churches, there was a need for Carolyn to also look for another job.  They decided to let Philip and Beth return to public school.  Philip had actually gained a year in his studies and had finished the 7th grade because of his ability to work ahead at his own pace in the Accelerated Christian Education Program.  Since he was only 12, however, his parents decided to let him repeat 7th grade so he would be with other students his same age.  The decision was made to let Philip attend Catawba Middle School for 7th & 8th Grades - the same school where Philip's Dad taught.

                                       
                                       
                                       

(Left) Philip in his Dad's classroom
at Catawba Middle School

(Below) Philip and Jay Shook are lab partners
as they dissect a frog in Mr. Bob Bangle's
Science Class

                                       
                                       
Philip was in the band at Catawba Middle School during 7th and 8th Grades.  He played flute and was frequently 1st Chair.
                                       

(Left) 7th Grade Band - Philip is bottom left of the photo, front row - 1990 & 1991
(Right) 8th Grade Band - Philip is on the front row, 4th from left - 1991 & 1992

                                       

(Above) Philip plays flute in the Spring Concert of the 8th Grade Band at Catawba Middle
Mr. Ted Driver was his teacher and Band Director

                                       
                                       
                                       

(Left & Center) 7th Grade
(Right) 8th Grade

   

                                       

Philip was very active during his years at Catawba Middle School.  In addition to playing in the band during 7th and 8th Grades, he was also in one of the first Algebra I classes in the school.  He was a member of the yearbook staff and was even voted the 8th Grade Superlative "Hardest Worker" by the students.  He won the Math Logo contest and was also the Science Fair Winner.

                                       
                                       
                                       

(Left) Math Logo Winner
(Right) Yearbook photo with Morgan Sigmon
for "Hardest Worker"

                                       
                                       

(Below) 8th Grade Science Fair Winner for his project,
"How Do Variations in Paper Airplanes Affect Flight Patterns?"

 
 
Philip - Catawba Middle School
Date Subject Additional Information Video Link
19 May 1992 Band Concert Last Concert at Catawba Middle; Philip on Flute CLICK HERE
May 1992 Jr. Beta Club Philip inducted into the Jr. Beta Club at CMS;
with Principal John Stiver and Sue Smith
CLICK HERE
28 Apr 1992 Jr. Beta Club Philip dresses up in "Star Trek" for Jr. Beta Club CLICK HERE
14 Mar 1992 Band Concert Philip performs in Catawba County
Honors Band - Warm up
CLICK HERE
14 Mar 1992 Band Concert Philip performs in Catawba County
Honors Band - Full Concert
CLICK HERE
Dec 1991 Band Concert Philip's Winter Band Concert at CMS; 8th Grade CLICK HERE
April 1991 Band Concert Philip's Spring Band Concert at CMS; 8th Grade CLICK HERE
13 Apr 1991 Science Fair Philip's Science Fair Project at Lenoir Rhyne CLICK HERE
20 Mar 1991 Loftin Duet Curtis & Philip play & sing at Word of Life Church CLICK HERE
11 Dec 1990 Band Concert Philip's Winter Band Concert at CMS; 7th Grade CLICK HERE
11 Dec 1990 Warm-up Philip practices flute before the CMS concert CLICK HERE
 
 
 
                                       
                                       

(Left) Philip, Beth, Curtis & Carolyn visit Carolyn's mother (Viola Eason Weeks) in Raleigh
(Right) Philip poses for a photo by himself in the summer of 1992

 
                                       

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