Buford Giles Loftin Sr.

By STAFF,

Buford Giles Loftin Sr.

78, Columbia

Funeral services were held at noon on Friday, May 31, 2019, at the Bunker Hill Baptist Church for Buford Giles Loftin Sr., 78, of Columbia, who died on Wednesday, May 29 in Hattiesburg. Burial followed in Society Hill Cemetery. Bro. Randy Gardner officiated at the services. Visitation was held from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 31 at the Bunker Hill Baptist Church.

He graduated from Prentiss High School in 1959 and received his barber's license from Jackson Barber College in 1960. He was married to the late Peggy Shivers in 1960 until her death in 2003. He married Janice Polk Shivers in 2004.

He was a devoted husband and father, prioritizing his family above all else throughout his life. He was a youth baseball coach and spent over 40 years officiating high school football.  He was a devoted Southern Miss fan, spending 44 years watching football games from the sidelines as a member of the chain crew. He was an avid hunter, outdoorsman, storyteller, a faithful Christian and an ordained Deacon in the Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Giles Loftin; mother, Galaverne Dyess; wife, Peggy Shivers Loftin, and sister, Lucy Hamilton.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Loftin; sons, Chip Loftin (Cathy), Chris Loftin (Dana); stepson, Jamey Shivers; stepdaughter, Veronica Breakfield (Eddie), grandchildren, Morgan Breakfield (Dagan), Mary Claire Skipper (Nathan), Jack Loftin, Nick Loftin, Abigail Loftin and Ashley Loftin, and great-grandchild, Mary Ryan Skipper.

Pallbearers were Bill Powell, James Robbins, Justin McKenzie, Tim Buckley, Sterling Ostheimer and Keith Stuckey. Honorary pallbearers were Janette Nolan, Fred Herrod, Rick Herrington and Berkley Hall.

Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at www.hathornfuneralhome.com.

Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia was in charge of the arrangements.