Welcome to the
memorial page for
Phillip J. Lofton
October 2, 1922
~ August 11, 2018
Phillip James Lofton was born on October 2, 1922 in Marlin, Texas to Joe and Luella Lofton. As a young man, he joined the Army where he traveled the world in service to his country. He was honorably discharged from the Army after twenty years of service as Sergeant First Class in 1968. After his discharge, he worked for the United States Postal Service and then continued his career with the United States Government at Fort Monmouth where he retired from the Department of the Army in June 2008 after thirty-five years of service.
He was married to the late Thelma Hughes and there were no children born to their union. Phillip loved his family and cared for his ailing wife, stepmother and brother until their deaths. He was a kind, generous, outgoing person who loved being with people and living life to the fullest everyday.
Phillip enjoyed golfing, poker, reading and listening to music. He traveled with friends on many golfing trips and enjoyed poker games with his friends. In his quiet time, he was an avid reader of the bible and enjoyed gospel music. His favorite song was "I Don't Feel No Ways Tired." He was a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church for many years and served on the Usher Board. He was also a member of many organizations: Red Bank Men's Club, The Celestial Lodge #36 for more than than 50 years and Bates Lodge #220 where he held the position of Exalted Ruler. He earned an Associates Degree in Science from Brookdale Community College in 1981.
Phillip departed this earth on Saturday August 11, 2018 at 6:45 pm at Atria Senior Living in Tinton Falls after living a long and happy life. His greatest attribute was he lived life "His Way."
He was preceded in death by his wife Thelma Lofton, his parents Joe and Luella Lofton, two brothers Claudie Lofton Sr. and Alan Lofton and stepmother Zelma Lofton.
He leaves to cherish his memories Alice Baker of Red Bank, NJ, his companion and dearest friend; two nephews Claudie Lofton Jr. and Kenneth Lofton; two grand-nephews Ivan Lofton and Bayli Walker all of Fort Worth, Texas; godson Mark Ham of Freehold, NJ and many close friends who loved him dearly.
Many thanks to the staff of Atria Senior Living for their kindness and care and Pastor Joseph DeAngelo, Chaplain of Embracing Hospicecare for his message of comfort and anointing at the end.