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Date published: 4/11/2013

John P. Loftin

John P. Loftin, 64, entered eternal rest on Thursday, April 4, 2013.

He was born Sept. 9, 1948, to the late John Pearce and Katherine Jackson Pearce in the Bronx, N.Y. After the marriage of his mother to David Loftin, John became his much-loved son. John received his education in Louisa and Charlottesville. At an early age, he was baptized and joined County Line Baptist Church in Kents Store.

John was united in holy matrimony to Eileen Bates, and from that union were born two daughters. In 1988 he met Irene Johnson and they were married on May 25, 1991, and were blessed with 22 wonderful years of life together, including raising a third daughter, Ianthe.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory his wife, Irene M. Johnson-Loftin, his daughters Lisa Loftin and Ianthe Johnson; a granddaughter, Jhauna Earley (Daniel) of New York; two great-grandchildren, Isaiah Earley and Faith Earley of New York; his father, David Loftin; four sisters, the Rev. Lila Farmer (Melvin), Natalie Grayson (Roger), Geraldine Peterson and Joyce Taylor (David); and four brothers, Tony Porter-Loftin (Michelle), Frank Porter-Loftin, Lawrence Porter-Loftin and David Porter-Loftin (Delores), all of Richmond. John is also survived by three nephews, Johnny, Lamont and Lyndel Farmer; and niece Kristal Farmer. He also leaves a good friend, Donnie Brooks, who truly appreciated his "Papa John"; and a host of relatives and friends.

John was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandmother, Ida Page; his maternal grandmother, "Shamma" Lila Henley; his mother, Katherine L. Loftin; and daughter Karla Loftin.

A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by the funeral at 1 p.m., Friday, April 12, at County Line Baptist Church, 4070 County Line Road, Kents Store, Va. 23084.

Arrangements are being made by Thomasson Watson Funeral Services, Louisa. Visit ddwatsonmortician .com for online guest book.