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(1899 - 1972)

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(1876 - 1937)

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(1851 - 1939)

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(1675 - 1735)

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(1648 - 1735)

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(1610 - 1678)
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Roy Henry Loftin

 

 

Born: 27 Jul 1899, Catawba County, NC
Died:  24 Jun 1972, Waynesville, Haywood Co, NC

 

 

                           

Roy Henry Loftin was the third child born to Alonzo Lester Loftin and Cornelia Estelle Lowrance.  Roy was born 27 Jul 1899 in Catawba County, North Carolina.  After the death of Cornelia from pneumonia in February 1904, Roy  and his sisters were sent away to an orphanage to live until Alonzo could care for them.  Roy's son Larry said, "The girls worked in the kitchen and were always concerned that Roy wasn’t getting enough to eat."  In November 1904, Alonzo married Ida Setzer and eventually most of the children came to live with them.  Larry added, "Dad had a close relationship with Ida."

 
 

Roy worked at the Railroad Depot in Catawba, NC, carrying coal and doing other odd jobs.  He was 17 or 18 at the time.
 

 

Roy Henry Loftin
Balls Creek Campground photo

While working at the Catawba Depot, Roy became interested in the telegraph and was taught Morse Code.  He became a Telegraph Operator for Southern Railroad.
 

 (Below) Roy's World War I Registration Card

                             
                             

Short notice in the Statesville Landmark Newspaper 1921

 
Roy married Sarah Mae Morrow on 22 Jun 1925.  Mae was born 14 Mar 1910 in Iredell County, NC, and was the daughter of Tipton Morrow and Mattie Nash Morrow.  Mae was one of thirteen children (9 girls and 4 boys) and grew up in the Statesville, NC, area.
 
 

Mae with Ethel's doll, age 8 or 9, around 1918 or 1919

 
 
Roy's son Wayne said that his father met met at a baseball gave at the corner of Bethlehem Rd and Old Mountain Rd. in Iredell County.
 
 

(Top Row) Mae & Roy Loftin, Thelma Loftin
(Bottom Row) Daisy Pearl Loftin, Elma Loftin & Allie Loftin

Thanks to Deanie Herman Hilton for this photo from her mother's collection
                             
                             
 
 
 

1926 March 11

 

At Long's Sanatorium

 
     Mrs. Roy Loftin of Eufola is a recent arrival at Long's Sanatorium.
 
 
 
 
 

1927 January 17, Monday

 

Henry Leery Loftin

 
     Born, Thursday, January 13, at Long's Sanatorium to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Loftin, Eufola, a son, *Henry Leery Loftin.
 

* Well, obviously THE LANDMARK got the name wrong
It should have been Larry Henry Loftin

 
 
 
 
 
Children of Roy Henry Loftin and Sarah Mae Morrow
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Larry Henry Loftin 13 Jan 1927   (1) Sarah Fain
(2) Carmen Nichols
Wayne Morrow Loftin 22 Sep 1930 27 May 2015
La Porte, TX (age 84)
Sue Cook
Lillie Yvonne Loftin 18 Oct 1933   Eddie Bryson
 
 
                             
                             

                             
                             
 
 

(Right) Larry Henry Loftin

 

Roy & Mae built a house beside the Baptist Church in Catawba, in the current location of the Lutheran Church parking lot.  Roy planted two big water oaks in the front yard.

He purchased property from his father, Alonzo, in the town of Catawba, and built a two-store-front building there.  He rented the right side of the building, which was used as a grocery store.  Roy opened up the Catawba Meat Market in the left store-front building, eventually adding a small restaurant in the other half of the building.  Mae's brother, Jay, even worked in the Meat Market.

 

                             
 

Roy & Mae built a home in Catawba in the 1920s

 
 
 
During the period of time before and during the Great Depression of the 1930s, finances were limited for the Loftin family - just like they were for everyone else.  Roy, Mae and Larry rented their home and moved into the Meat Market building - converting it into a home.  Mae curtained it off so that they could have a living room, bedroom, and kitchen area.
 
 
 

The building where Roy's stores were located - building with white awning (from 2007)

 
 
 

According to Larry Loftin, with the continuing pressures of the Depression, Roy and Mae eventually lost their home in Catawba.  They moved into a house on Sharon School Road in Iredell County and then lived in Statesville. 

 
 
 
 
 

1924 August 14

 

Real Estate Transfers

 
     Mrs. F.C. Drumwright, L.O. Drumwright and wife, Emma Drumwright, of Maryland, F.E. Drumwright and wife, F.D. Drumwright, of Tennessee, to Roy Loftin of Catawba County, Property in Fallstown Township, adjoining Southern Railway; consideration, $800. (May)
 
 
 

(Left) Yvonne, 10-months-old
(Right) Larry & Wayne, September 1933

    
 
 

Roy was a hard worker.  He worked in the fields and woods, whatever he could get during that time.  The Railroad called him back to work and the family moved to Hildebran where Roy worked part time.   

When WWII came, Roy was called to Fontana Lake, NC to work on the Railroad there, and eventually went back to work fulltime.

 

Roy and Mae moved to Canton, North Carolina in 1941, living there for 52 years.  Larry stayed in Statesville to finish out the school year at Celeste Hinkle - living with his maternal grandparents.

 

Roy worked at the Depot in Canton for a long time as a Telegraph Operator, but eventually worked at the BIT Tower in Asheville.

 
 

Roy enjoyed music.  He played in a band, playing guitar and harmonica.  Larry said his Dad "had a good voice and even made a recording with the group in Newton at one time.  In Canton, he would go into the bedroom and play his guitar and sing.  It was his way of relaxing."

 
                             

(Below) Roy, Wayne & Yvonne around 1940
 

 

(Right) Roy & Mae in 1942 visiting
Floye & Bill Ellers in Maryland

 

 

(Below) Roy & Mae in 1950

  

 

(Left) Roy in 1950
(Right) Roy and Mae, March 26, 1951, the day after Easter

 

 

(Below) Larry, Roy & Mae, December 25 1950

 

(Below) Roy, Larry, Yvonne & Mae, 1951

 

(Below) Roy & Mae Loftin with their children

(Top Row, Left to Right) Wayne, Yvonne and Larry
(Front Row) Roy and Mae

 
 

Roy & Mae with three of their grandchildren in 1956
(Left to Right) Karen Loftin, Ellen Bryson & Michael Loftin

 

(Left) Roy with granddaughter Ellen Bryson, March 3, 1956
(Right) Mae, Ellen & Roy, November 1957

 

 
 
Mae was a homemaker and over the years was employed in Canton at Shulman's Clothing Store, The John Graham Store and also Hudson-Belk Department Store, retiring in 1956.
 
 
Roy & Mae's house in Canton, July 1994
 
 
Roy and Mae were faithful members of First United Methodist Church in Canton where Mae was a member of the Dorcas Sunday School Class, Circle # 4, and the United Methodist Women.
 
 
Mae was the type of wife and mother who prepared homemade biscuits at every meal and made apple pies from the trees in the back yard.  She made the best chocolate mayonnaise cakes and rhubarb pies.
 
 

(Below)
Theodore Roosevelt "Speedo" Loftin & Roy Henry Loftin

 

 

Roy & Mae frequently would come back to visit their relatives in Catawba and Iredell Counties.  Mae would often stay with her family in Iredell County while Roy stayed with Speedo & Marie. 

 

 

 

(Above Right) Roy & May, June 16, 1972, a week before his death

 
 
 
 
 
Roy had three heart attacks.  The third one took his life.  Roy died 24 Jun 1972 in Waynesville, Haywood County, NC.  He is buried at Bethlehem Methodist Church in Iredell County, NC.  Mae’s family had lived across the road from the Church. 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Mae Loftin with three of her granddaughters

(Left to Right) Ellen Bryson, Karen Loftin, Mae Loftin and Linda Loftin

 
 

Roy & Mae's Extended Family, 05 Aug 2007

(Top Row) Eddie Bryson, Keith Bryson, Larry Kaehler, Ellen Bryson Kaehler

 

(Middle Row) Yvonne Loftin Bryson, Brittany Kaehler, Sarah Loftin Clevenger, Austin Clevenger,
Pressley Peters, Iva Mae Loftin Peters, Addie & Paul Smith, Sue Cooke Loftin, Wayne Loftin

 

(Front Row) Matthew Bryson, Bradley Kaehler, Mae Morrow Loftin, Larry Loftin, Carmen Nichols Loftin

 

 

Mae and her three children

(Left to Right) Wayne Loftin, Mae Morrow Loftin, Larry Loftin, Yvonne Loftin Bryson

 
 

Mae Turns 100!

(Left) Mae turned age 100 on 14 Mar 2010

     

 
 

Wayne, Yvonne & Larry with Mae at her 100th Birthday Celebration, 13 Mar 2010

 

Mae with Eddie & Yvonne Loftin Bryson and their children and grandchildren

 

(Left) Larry & Carmen Loftin; (Right) Mae Morrow Loftin

  

 

(Left) Mae with all 8 of her grandchildren

(Left To Right) Iva Mae Loftin Peters, Larry Loftin, Jr. (Hank), Karen Loftin Mayfield,
Ellen Bryson Kaehler, Michael Loftin, Sarah Loftin Clevenger, Linda Loftin Kendrick,
Keith Bryson, Mae Morrow Loftin (Seated)

 
 

5-Generation Photo

(Top Row) Michael Loftin - grandson; Clint Loftin - great grandson; Wayne Loftin - son
(Bottom Row) Cameron & Kylee Loftin - great great granddaughters; with Mae Loftin, age 100

 
 

Great Grandson Clint Loftin and his family (grandson of Wayne)

 
 

(Left to Right) Kylee & Cameron Loftin with Mae Loftin

Thanks to Yvonne for the udated photo of Mae on her 100th birthday

 
 
 
 

Mae Turns 101!

 

Mae turned age 101 on 14 Mar 2011

 

Mae with (Left to Right) Larry, Yvonne & Wayne

 

4 Generations Celebrate Mae's Birthday
(Left to Right) Keith Bryson, Yvonne Loftin Bryson, Brah Kaehler, Matthew Bryson, Brittany Kaehler, Ellen Bryson Kaehler and Mae Morrow Loftin (Seated)

 
 
 
Mother is doing pretty well considering the condition she is in.  She is in a wheel chair now and of course does not like that.  She is at Peak Rehab now.  (5/8/11 from Yvonne Loftin Bryson)
 
 
 

Mae Turns 102!

 

Mae turned age 102 on 14 Mar 2012

Mae (center) with her sisters, Thelma Bridges (left) and Geraldyne Burnette (right)

 
 
 
 
Sarah Mae Morrow Loftin passed away on Wednesday, 04 Jul 2012, at the age of 102.  She was buried in the cemetery at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Statesville, NC, next to Roy.
 
 
 
 

Sarah Mae Morrow Loftin

Mae's Funeral Card said ...

     Mae Morrow Loftin, 102, a former resident of Canton and a current resident of Gastonia, NC, passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2012.  Mrs. Loftin was born March 14, 1910 in Iredell County, NC, to the late Tipton Morrow and the late Mattie Nash Morrow.  She had resided in Statesville before moving to Canton, NC, where she made her home for 52 years.  Mrs. Loftin had recently resided in Gastonia to be close to her daughter and family. 
     She was a homemaker and had also been employed in Canton at Shulman's Clothing Store, The John Graham Store and also Hudson-Belk Department Store, retiring in 1956.  Mrs. Loftin was a faithful and devoted member of First United Methodist Church in Canton, where she was a member of the Dorcas Sunday School Class, Circle #4, and the United Methodist Women.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, and a dear friend to many. 
     To know Mae was to love her and her kind and caring heart was indeed a blessing to others.  Mrs. (Mae) Loftin was truly a beautiful lady and a lady of grace and elegance.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy H. Loftin, who passed away in 1972; a granddaughter, Iva Mae Loftin Peters who had resided in Lester, West Virginia; also five sisters and four brothers.  Surviving are her sons, Larry H. Loftin and his wife, Carmen Loftin of Beaver, West Virginia, and Wayne M. Loftin and his wife, Sue Loftin of La Porte, Texas; a daughter, Yvonne L. Bryson and her husband, V. E. "Eddie" Bryson of Gastonia; sisters, Thelma M. Bridges and Geraldyne M. Burnette both of Statesville and Nell Borden of Melbourne, Florida; 7 grandchildren;17 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren and 5 step-great grandchildren. 
     The funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, July 9, 2012, at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 607 Bethlehem Road, Statesville, NC.  The Reverend Olin Isenhour and the Reverend Coles Bristol, Jr. will be officiating.  Burial will follow in the Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery.  The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.  There will also be a receiving of friends and family from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. Sunday, July 8, 2012, at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home in Canton, NC. 
     Memorials may be made in Mrs. Loftin's memory to First United Methodist Church, 31 Newfound Street, Canton, NC 28718 or Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 607 Bethlehem Road, Statesville, NC 28677.

 
 
 

Larry told this cute story about Mae at the funeral

On one occasion Dad was working at the railroad station and Mom was at home reading - when she started hearing jars of something break in the basement.  Mom was such a "t-totaler" she questioned rubbing alcohol.  She thought Dad's grape juice was exploding - but it was her kraut jars exploding.
 
 

If you have additional photos or information on Roy and his family, please contact me.

 
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A special thanks to Mae Loftin, Yvonne Loftin Bryson, Larry Henry Loftin and Frances Loftin Cook
for the photos and information about Roy & Mae and their family.