Obituary of Jerry Julian Loftis
Jerry Julian "J.J." Loftis, 75, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at his home in Independence, KY. He is survived by his wife, Wilma Jean (Teaster) Loftis, originally of Wilmington, NC currently of Independence, KY; his sister, Inez (Loftis) Lawson of Dalton, GA; his brother, Bill Loftis of Cleveland, TN; his son and family, Jonathan Loftis, Caitlin (McColley) Loftis; grandchildren, Hannah, Chloe, and Korlin of Independence, KY; and his beloved and overly spoiled grandpuppy Dory. Jerry was born in Cleveland, TN in 1946 to Jessie Lee Loftis and Oconee Viola (Pruiett) Loftis who preceded him to Heaven along with his brother, Wayne Loftis of Cleveland, TN. Jerry and Wilma Jean were married in Cleveland, TN in 1967. Jerry served in the U.S. Army National Guard of Tennessee from 1965-1971 and in the U.S. Army National Guard of North Carolina from 1975-1977, receiving an Honorable Discharge. During his life, Jerry worked briefly as a Police Officer in Cleveland, TN in the early 70s, worked with his brothers Wayne and Bill in auto body repair and painting during his youth in Cleveland, TN, but worked most of his life in the printing business while living in Cleveland, TN; New Bern, NC; Dalton, GA; Charlotte, NC; Iron Station, NC; Dickson, TN; Edgewood, KY; and Independence, KY. Jerry's only son, Jonathan, followed his path serving as Active Duty U.S. Navy for 9 1/2 years and as a Deputy U.S. Marshal for the past 20+ years. Jerry loved his family and his extended work family, was well-loved by everyone that knew him, and never met a stranger or someone that he wasn't willing to help out in any way that he could. Jerry and Jean were well known characters whether he was putting around Kroger in Independence, Walmart in Ft Wright, meeting friends at McDonald's in Independence, feasting at Cracker Barrel, Golden Corral, Red Lobster, or Olive Garden in Florence, joking with all of the ladies at St Elizabeth's Physicians and Hospital in Edgewood or at DaVita Dialysis in Walton. Legend is that he may have been the driving force behind Red Lobster changing their Never Ending Shrimp event that used to last a few months each year to now only on Monday's. One of Jerry's favorite passions was meeting various family members from TN, NC, and FL at his favorite restaurant that he had been going to since he was a child, Bea's Family Restaurant in Chattanooga, TN, home of the world's best fried chicken, buffet-style served on Lazy Susan tables where his visits were known to cause a significant deficit in the profit-margin of the business and were characterized by multiple plates with heaping mounds of cleaned chicken bones. One of his more notable phrases when anyone would ask him whether or not he liked to eat was to rub his belly and say, "I put a whole lot of time and money into building all of this so I definitely ain't gonna let it go to waste now!" His son may have followed in those footsteps as well as inheriting his weakness for hot Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Jerry will be missed here on Earth but Heaven has gained an amazing Mr. Fix It with a heart of gold and the patience to put Job to shame. Love you Dad. Godspeed to Valhalla.
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