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Joseph "Joe" Melvin Loftis

Joe Loftis, 80, resident of 173 Loftis Rd., in the Nation Community, died Wednesday Dec. 19, 2007 from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

Born in Abbeville Co. SC he was a son of the late John Evans and Lula Mae Watkins Loftis.

Joe was a United States Army veteran of World War II. He worked for many years at Manning Motors Dealership before retiring. Upon retirement he began working for A-1 Tire Co. in Calhoun Falls until present. He was a loyal and faithful member of Smyrna United Methodist Church in Lowndesville, SC.

Survivors include 4 sisters; Johnnie Botts of Abbeville, SC; Toby Thompson of Clarksville, VA; Betty Sammons of Calhoun Falls, SC; and Mary Ann Breedlove of Abbeville, SC; 1 brother Billy Loftis of Forest Park, GA; a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday Dec. 22, 2007 at 11:00 AM at Smyrna United Methodist Church with the Rev. Nina Reynolds officiating. The burial will follow in Providence Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The family is at the home of his sister Ms. Johnnie Botts 100 Loftis Rd. Abbeville, SC.

The body is at the Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home where the family will recieve friends from 5:00 until 7:00 PM Friday evening.

Memorials may be made to Smyrna United Methodist Church, 439 Main St. Lowndesville, SC 29659.


Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home
208 South Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Friday, December 21, 2007
5:00-7:00 PM


Smyrna UMC
111 UNK
Lowndesville, SC  29656
Saturday, December 22, 2007
11:00 AM


Providence Presbyterian
363 Main St.
Lowndesville ,  SC  29659

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Joe and Bill Bass were two of the first people we ever met when we moved to Monterey..I always knew I could rely on Joe when the car broke down....he would fish me out. When the whole world spins out of control without a thought of each other...we always knew you could go to A-1 Tire and sit and talk and cure the world's ills around the warm stove.....Joe was a good and kind person..and we knew we could always depend on him and his advice when it came to our car and truck....He was a Calhoun Falls Institution and a wonderful person...Our Condolences...sincerely felt. Carolyn and Jerry

Carolyn and Jerry Miller Jan 6 2008 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I had the pleasure of playing softball with him and to share many laughs. he was a good man. Charles Fleming

Charles Fleming Jan 2 2008 12:00 AM

I was so sad to hear of the death of Mr. Loftis. He was a beloved icon and will be missed by the thousands of people who have been touched by his friendly and helpful nature. I know he helped me out many times during my years in Calhoun Falls. A-1 Tire and Abbeville County will never be the same.

Laura M. Brown Dec 21 2007 12:00 AM

I am so, so sorry for your loss. May God receive Joe into is loving arms and ease your pain. Joe was a good and kind man, and I will miss him.

Chris, Amber, & Jackson Whitmire Dec 20 2007 12:00 AM

We are very sorry for your loss. May God bless & comfort you as only he can. Mike & Donna Wright

Mike & Donna Wright Dec 20 2007 12:00 AM