Joseph Henry Lofton Sr. peacefully departed this life on Friday September 29, 2023. Joseph was born on November 2, 1938, to the late Cornell and Addie (Clark) Lofton. He grew up in Mason County, Kentucky, and completed his education at Orangeburg High School.
Joseph was affectionately known as Joe. He married the love of his life, the late Escaleta Thomas Lofton, and together, they created a home filled with warmth and laughter, where he made many memories that will forever be cherished by his children, grandchildren, family, and friends.
In 1969, seeking better employment opportunities, he moved his family to Cincinnati, Ohio. He began working at Sterns and Fosters and later became a skilled laborer at General Motors. He dedicated 30 years of his life to the automobile industry at General Motors. However, if you knew Joe, you know he believed in staying busy. After retiring from General Motors, he worked ten years for the City of Forest Park, Ohio. Notably, this was the same community where he raised his children. Joe exemplified dedication and strong work ethics.
As a father, he was exceptional! He provided guidance and support to the children he leaves behind: Katherine (David) Moore, Madelene Crayon, Leroy Lofton, Rodney Lofton, Joseph Lofton Jr., and Addie (Cedric) Haamid, instilling in them valuable life lessons and wisdom. He also took great pride in being a grandfather. He leaves behind over 25 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, whom he loved to make laugh, provide words of advice and treasured dearly.
He also leaves behind to cherish his memories three brothers, Samuel (Kay) Lofton Arthur Lofton, and Franklin (Kathy) Lofton, and two sisters, Millie Scarborough and Virgie Clayton, several-in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife Escaleta Lofton, his parents Addie and Cornell Lofton, two brothers and their wives, Dr. William Cornell (Joanne) Lofton and James Eldred (Judith) Lofton Sr. and sister-in-law Betty Lofton.
Joseph lived a life of kindness, generosity, and resilience that inspired everyone who knew him. His contagious smile and laughter would light up the room. He loved convertibles and trucks. He was skilled at fixing almost anything. In his free time, you would find him in his garage working on projects, fixing things, gardening, landscaping his yard, or relaxing while listening to music. Joseph held his family close to his heart and treasured his home. His legacy lives on through the love and memories he shared with those who knew and loved him.
Joseph’s passing has left a void in our lives, but we take comfort in knowing that his spirit will always live on in our hearts. Though he may no longer be with us, we will always remember him fondly and cherish his memory.
“Though he is gone from our sight, he will never be gone from our memories and our hearts.”