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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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Arthur
Lee's
Siblings:


Alonzo
Lester
Loftin

(1876 - 1937)

Mary
Frances
Loftin

(1978 - 1958)

Zettie
Wilson
Loftin

(1881 - 1956)

Arthur
Lee
Loftin

(1884 - 1950)

W. Garland
Loftin

(1887 - 1912)

Hattie
Pearl
Loftin

(1890 - 1966)

Cordie
Bland
Loftin

(1894 - 1981)

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William Ray Loftin

 

Born: 19 Aug 1914, Catawba County, NC
Died:  02 Oct 1988, Catawba County, NC

 

William Ray Loftin was the fifth child born to Arthur Lee Loftin and Alice Josephine Gilleland.  Ray was born 19 Aug 1914 in Catawba County, NC.

 
 
Children of Arthur Lee Loftin and Alice Josephine Gilleland
Name  Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Infant Son Loftin 19 Aug 1907 19 Sep 1907  
Lois Virginia Loftin 13 Dec 1908   Preston Mundy
Zettie Marie Loftin 16 Dec 1910   Herman Flake Robinson
Glenn Lee Loftin 01 Dec 1912 24 Dec 1981 Oda Bell Stewart
William Ray Loftin 19 Aug 1914 02 Oct 1988 Martha Null
Frances Bernice Loftin 21 Oct 1916 09 Oct 2012 Raymond Eugene Gilmer
Coyte James Loftin 08 May 1918 16 Feb 1992 Kathleen Morrow
Willard Gilleland Loftin 09 Dec 1919 17 Apr 1921 (died in infancy)
Foy Max Loftin, PFC 24 Jul 1921 01 Dec 1943  
Helen Josephine Loftin 15 Jun 1926   Willard White
 
 
 

The 1920 Census shows Lee and Josie living in the Catawba Township of Catawba County.  They had seven children: Lois V. (Virginia) age 11, Zettie M. (Marie) age 9, Glenn L. (Lee) age7, William R. (Ray) age 5, Frances B. (Bernice) age 3 2/12, Coyte J. (James) age 1 6/12 and Willard G. (Gilleland) 4/12.  Lee was 34 and Josie was 28.  Glenn (spelled "Gleene" on the Census) was misidentified as a "daughter".

 

1920 Catawba County Census

 
Name Relation Home Sex Race Age S/M/W Read
Write
Birth Occupation Occupation
Last First Own
Rent
House
Farm
Loftin Lee O. Head O F M W 34 M Yes NC Farmer General Farm
----- Jocie A Wife     F W 28 M Yes NC none  
----- Lois V. Daughter     F W 11 S Yes NC none  
----- Zettie M. Daughter     F W 9 S   NC none  
----- Gleene L. Daughter     F W 7 S   NC none  
----- William R. Son     M W 5 S   NC none  
----- Frances B. Daughter     F W 3 2/12 S   NC none  
----- Coyt J. Son     M W 1 6/12 S   NC none  
----- Willard G. Son     M W 4/12 S   NC none  
 
 

 

Observer News Enterprise Newspaper photo from Walden School showed
Thelma, Daisy Pearl, Elma and Allie.

 

Lee & Josephine's children were Marie, Glenn and Ray
His brother's, Alonzo Loftin's, children were Thelma, Daisy Pearl, Elma and Allie

 
 
 
The 1930 Census shows Lee Loftin living in the Catawba Township of Catawba County near his brother Alonzo.  Lee is show on the Census as being widowed and 44 years old.  He has six children at home: Glenn age 17, Ray age 15, Bernice age 13, Coyte age 11, Foy age 8 and Helen age 3.  Ray is shown as "farm help" under occupation.
 
1930 Catawba County Census

 
Name Relation Sex Race Age S/M/W Age
Md.
School
this Yr.
Read
Write
Birth Occupation Occupation
Last First
Loftin Lee A. Head M W 44 Wd 22 No Yes NC Farmer  
---- Glenn Son M W 17 S   No Yes NC Farm Help  
---- Ray Son M W 15 S   Yes Yes NC Farm Help  
---- Bernice Daughter F W 14 S   Yes Yes NC none  
---- Coyt Son M W 11 S   Yes Yes NC none  
---- Foy Son N W 8 S   Yes Yes NC    
---- Helen Daughter F W 3 S   No   NC    
 

 

 

Ray married Martha Goldann Null.  Martha was born 17 Oct 1923 and died 21 Mar 2006.  Their marriage produced two children.
 

 

Children of William Ray Loftin and Martha Goldann Null
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Pamela Ann Loftin 22 Mar 1950   Gerald Williamson
Kevin Lee Loftin 26 Nov 1959 30 Nov 2009
Statesville, NC
Barbara Miller
 
 
Lee & Josephine Loftin's Children
Helen, Foy, Coyte, Bernice, Ray, Glenn, Marie, Lois

 
 

Home of Ray and Martha in Claremont, NC

Photo taken in June 2013

 
 

Military Service

 
During World War II Ray enlisted in the U. S. Army on 17 Mar 1941 at Fort Bragg, NC, where he rose from Private to Corporal.
 

 
 

The Children of Arthur Lee Loftin & Alice Josephine Gilleland (and their Spouses)

(Left to Right) Flake Robinson, Marie Loftin Robinson, Ray Gilmer, Martha Null Loftin, Ray Loftin, Bernice Loftin Gilmer, Helen Loftin White, Oda Bell Stewart Loftin, Preston Mundy, Glenn Loftin, Loise Loftin Mundy, Coyte Loftin and Kathleen Morrow Loftin

 
 
Ray was instrumental in capturing 79 Germans.  To find out the rest of this story and other information about Ray during World War II, be sure to check out the World War II page.
 
 
 

(Below) A small group of Lee Loftin's children

Ray, Marie, Bernice, Lois, Coyte, Glenn, Helen

 
 
Ray died 02 Oct 1988.  Martha died 21 Mar 2006.  They are buried in the Bethlehem Methodist Church Cemetery in Claremont, NC.
         

         
 

William Ray Loftin
August 19, 1914
October 2, 1988

 

Martha Null
October 17, 1923
March 21, 2006

 
 

Tech 5 US Army
World War II

     

 

 
 
 
 

SOURCES

 

A special thanks to Pam Loftin Williamson (Ray's daughter) for the WWII military photos.
You can contact Pam at pamwilliamson@embarqmail.com

 

Thanks to Phyllis White Mills for her help with the Arthur Lee Loftin lineage. 
You can contact Phyllis at pmills@ju.edu

 
 
 
                             
                             

If you have additional photos or information about the William Ray Loftin family, please contact me.