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Alonzo
Lester
Loftin

(1876 - 1937)

William Alexander
Loftin

(1851 - 1939)

James
Franklin
Loftin

(1827 - 1864)

Thomas
Loftin

(1798 - 185?)

James
Loftin

(1768 - 1836)

John
Loftin

(1740 - 1793)

Cornelius
Loftin III

(1714 - 1785)

Cornelius
Loftin II

(1675 - 1735)

Cornelius
Loftin I

(1648 - 1735)

Leonard
"Laughton"
Loftin

(1610 - 1678)
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Alonzo & Ida's
Children
Were:

Charlie
Roosevelt
Loftin

(1905 - 1988)

Theodore
Roosevelt
Loftin

(1906 - 1969)

Sadie
Elizabeth
Loftin

(1909 - 2007)

Willie
Thelma
Loftin

(1911 - 1977)

Callie
Elma
Loftin

(1911 - 1992)

Sallie
Allie
Loftin

(1813 - 1986)

Daisy
Pearl
Loftin

(1914 - 1994)

Michael
Whitener
Loftin

(1916 - 1949)

Sam
William
Loftin

(1918 - 1979)

Oscar
Sherrill
Loftin

(1920 - 1986)

Glennie
Frances
Loftin

(1926 - 2015)

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FAMILY
NAMES

LOFTIN:
Beatty
Corzine
Cranford
Fisher
Givens
Harwell
Kaiser
Lanier
Lomax
McCorkle
Rudisill
Sherrill
Upright
Washington
Work


SETZER:
Aderholdt
Barringer
Bovey
Bushart
Deal
Heavner
Herman
Ikert
Miller
Motz
Rankin
Witherspoon

GOBLE:
Babst/Bobst
Douglas
Faber
Fink
Fulbright
Hefner
Meinhert
Miller
Muller
Pabst/Bobst
Robinson

JOHNSON:
Corzine
Fink
Hamilton
Kaiser
Leslie
Lewis
Moore
Sherrill
Upright
Wilkinson

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Theodore Roosevelt Loftin

 

Born: 25 Dec 1906, Catawba County, NC
Died:  20 Dec 1969, Catawba County, NC

 

 

                           

Theodore Roosevelt Loftin was born 25 Dec 1906 in Catawba County, NC, to Alonzo Lester Loftin and Ida Lillian Setzer.  Theodore was called "Speed" or "Speedo" by his family and friends.

 
According to Speed's daughter, Peggy Loftin Brotherton, he used to drive his car around the Gold Mine really fast and he acquired the nickname "Speed" as a result.
 

(Right) Theodore Roosevelt Loftin

 

SpeedoMarie01.jpgAs a young man, Speedo decided to go to Maryland to take barber lessons.  His sister, Floye Ellers, was living there at the time and he stayed with her while he was there. 

When he came back home, he married Fannie Marie Hoke.

Text Box: Davis & Betty Loftin
Speedo and Marie lived in the Loftin’s small 2-room house and he ran a small store on the corner of Sherrills Ford Rd. and E. Bandys Rd.  According to Peggy Loftin Brotherton, he even cut hair at their house for a short period of time. 

Eventually, Speedo purchased property on Sherrills Ford Rd., near Alonzo and Ida, and built his own home there.  Speedo owned and operated a bar and grill next to the house.  

Peggy Loftin Brotherton said that people frequently came to her Dad with no place to live.  He wanted to help, so Speedo bought and moved some tenant houses from the Long Island Cotton Mill to his property.  He also built several other houses there.  He charged $25 for rent. There were 12 buildings in the Village, including Speedo’s bar and grill and his own home.

 
 

(Left) Speed, age 15,  with friend, Delet Cashion
(Right) Speed with a "Great" Car

       

 
 
 

(Left) Speed & Hobb Edwards

(Below) Marie with Speed's "little brother" Mike

 
 

A photo from Speed's Trip to Florida

 
 

A photo of Speed at the Old Gold Mine

 
 
The 1930 Census shows Speedo living with his sister and brother-in-law, Floye & William S. Ellers Sr., in Harve De Grace, Maryland.  He was 23 years old, single, and working for the railroad.
 

1930  Harve De Grace City Census, Maryland

 
Last Name First Name Relation Rent
Own
Home
Home
Rent
Sex Race Age S/M
W
Age
Md
Can
Read
Write
Birth
Place
Occupation Industry
Ellers William S. Head R $30 M W 30 M 23 Yes NC Fireman  
----- Floye H. Wife     F W 28 M 21 Yes NC None  
----- William S., Jr. Son     M W 6 S   No MD None  
Loftin Theodore R. Boarder     M W 23 S   Yes NE Laborer Rail Road
 
                             
                             
Speedo and Marie had three children:
 
Children of Theodore Roosevelt Loftin and Marie Hoke
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Betty Jo Loftin     Paul Edward Abernathy
Peggy Sue Loftin 30 May 1935   Red Brotherton
Theodore Davis Loftin 06 Dec 1941 30 Apr 2005 Emma Lou Mayhew
 
 
 
The 1940 Census shows Speedo and Marie living between Bandys Cross Roads and the Gold Mine Road in Catawba County, NC.  They were renting a house for $2 a month.  Speedo was 32 years old and Marie was 28.  Speedo worked the farm and his income for 1939 was $0.  Marie worked at at Hosiery Mill for 52 weeks during 1939 and earned $232.  Betty was 9 years old and in third grade.  Peggy was 4 years old.
 

1940 Catawba County Census

 
Home
Value
Last Name First Name Relation Sex Age Wd
Md
S
*
Sch
Birth **
Hrs
Wkd
Occup. Industry Wks
Wkd
1939
Wages
for
1939
$ Loftin Theodore Head M 32 M H1 NC 40 Farmer Farm 52 $0
  ----- Marie H. Wife F 28 M H1 NC 40 Knitter Hosiery Mill 52 $232
  ----- Betty Jo Daughter F 9 S 3 NC          
  ----- Peggy Sue Daughter F 4 S   NC          
* Highest Grade of School Completed: H2 is 2nd year of High School
** The Number of Hours Worked during the week of March 24 - 30, 1940
 
 
 

(Left) Speedo & Marie
(Right) Speedo with his children, (left to right) Peggy, Davis & Betty,
in front of their home on Sherrills Ford Rd., in Catawba County, NC

 
         

Betty Loftin

 

Peggy Sue Loftin
1st Grade photo

 

Theodore Davis Loftin

   
         

(Right)
Speedo & Peggy at his
store on Sherrills Ford Rd

 






(Below)
Speedo with his brother,
Roy Loftin

         
         
         

Balls Creek Campground photo of George Edwards (left) and Speedo (right)

                             
                             
 


(Left) Speedo & Davis




(Below) Speedo with Peggy, Davis & Betty

 
 
 

(Below) Speed & Marie

 

 
 

(Below) An older Speedo in front of the bar & store on Sherrills Ford Rd., in Catawba County, NC

 
                             

Speedo died 20 Dec 1969.  Marie died 15 Apr 1985.  They are buried at Center Methodist Church in Catawba County, NC.

 
Speedo's Death Certificate shows the cause of death as an "Acute Coronay Occlusion & Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease".  He was 62 years old.  His occupation was listed as "Merchant".
 

Death Certificate

                             
                             

                             
                             
 
 
 
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A special thanks to Peggy Loftin Brotherton and Willie Goble Loftin
for the photos and additional information about "Speedo" and his family.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

If you have additional photos or information on Theodore Roosevelt "Speedo" Loftin, please contact me.