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Ralph Pickens Loftis
Ralph Pickens Loftis, 70, of Hwy. 20 in Abbeville County died at his home Saturday March 7, 2009 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Abbeville Co. a son of the late Grady C. Loftis and Mary Lee Cochran Loftis.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 53 years Marjean Ambrose Loftis; two daughters Jan Loftis and Mrs. Anthony Fisher; four granddaughters Mrs. Stacey Ouzts, Haylee and DaNae' Fisher and Kascie Collins; three grandsons Ryan Fisher, Ricky Fisher and Justin Fisher; Nine great-grandchildren; Two sisters Mrs. Dan Brown and Mrs. Sloan Brock; one brother Grady C. Loftis.
He was preceded in death by a sister Thelma and a brother James.
He was employed for many years with Guy Motors in Anderson and retired from United Parcel Services in Greenville.
Ralph was an active member of Bethlehem ARP Church as long as his health permitted. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and restoring old cars.
He was a member of the Hejaz Shrine Temple in Greenville, SC and was named Man of the Year in 1991 for his driving skills in the Corvette Mini-Car Unit. This unit participated in many parades in the area. He was also given the Gold Leaf Potentate's Award for outstanding service in support of Shriners Hospitals for Crippled and Burned Children.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 3:00 PM in Bethlehem ARP Church with the Reverend James Laughner officiating. Burial will follow in Oakbrook Memorial Park in Greenwood, SC.
Ralph is at The Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home were the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Monday evening. The family is at the home 3666 Hwy. 20 Donalds, SC.
Memorials in memory of Mr. Loftis may be made to Bethlehem ARP Church C/O Marion Simpson 3612 Hwy. 20, Donalds, SC 29638 or to The Shriners Hospital for Crippled and Burned Children 950 W. Farris Rd. Greenville, SC 29605.
VisitationChandler-Jackson Funeral Home
208 South Main Street
Abbeville, SC 29620
Monday March 9, 2009
6:00 until 8:00PM
ServiceBethlehem A.R.P. Church
3612 Hwy 20
Abbeville, SC 29620
Tuesday March 10, 2009
IntermentOakbrook Memorial Park
Hwy 25 N P O Box 1325
Greenwood , SC 29648
Melanie and Family, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God be with each of you.
Jean Hawthorne Mar 13 2009 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I love you all and will be praying for you.
Tracie Jacks Freeman Mar 9 2009 12:00 AM
Melanie & Family,I am sorry to hear about your dad.I know how you treasured him.You were so blessed to have a dad like him.Please know you are in my prayers.
Teresa Woodhurst Mar 9 2009 12:00 AM
Marjean and Family, I was sorry to hear about the passing of Ralph after a long battle with cancer. May the love of God comfort you and give you peace.
Sybil (Woodall) Mullikin Mar 9 2009 12:00 AM
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Madge Davis and Nancy Morris Mar 9 2009 12:00 AM
Joyce and I were saddened to read about Ralph's death. Perhaps you will remember us from many years ago when we lived in the area. Please know that you will all be in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
Richard & Joyce Strawhorn Mar 9 2009 12:00 AM
I will always remember Uncle Ralph fondly, and he will truly be missed. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Teresa Hammond Mar 8 2009 12:00 AM