Lofton Johnson, age 93, died peacefully after a brief illness on November 7, 2021. He was the fifth child of eleven born to the late Josephine (Easter) Johnson and William Johnson. Upon graduation from Greenville County High School, he was drafted into the United States Army and served during World War II, earning the rank of Staff Sergeant.
After his service in the armed forces, Lofton joined his older sisters in New York City. There, he continued to serve first as a nurse’s aide and later as a member of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for the City of New York. It was in this role that Lofton found his calling in the medical field and provided expert emergency care to patients primarily in the borough of the Bronx. Lofton always spoke fondly of his career with EMS and of caring for his patients. He retired as a supervisor after close to four decades of service.
Throughout his life, Lofton consistently demonstrated his love for people and his belief that serving your fellow human and always showing kindness is of utmost importance. He “never met a stranger” and offered kind words and deeds, no matter whom he encountered.
When he was not working, Lofton was an avid reader and enjoyed studying the human body and medicine. After retirement, he spent his time watching baseball, visiting his family and making improvements to the family home in Emporia, Virginia, where he visited every summer. Lofton also enjoyed living in New York City and walked throughout the city experiencing its many cultures and events. He was a spectator at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on 34th Street each year and was also one of the million people who watched the New Year’s Eve ball drop at Times Square. Lofton volunteered and fed the homeless each Thanksgiving and offered his medical expertise to family members as they and their loved one’s experienced health challenges.
Whether in a large crowd or a small group, Lofton stood out because of his handsome presence, his warm smile, his gentle words and his impeccable sense of style. He was undoubtedly and inarguably a generous soul, often reminding us to always seek the best in a person. This man of God shared his wisdom with many and especially with young men as he reminded them of the importance of presenting themselves well through their appearance. Lofton was focused and did not worry about much. When faced with challenges, he encouraged others with his mantra, “It will always work out.”
Lofton’s loving and calming presence will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He is survived by two sisters, Delores (Crichlow) and Shirley (Daughtry), as well as a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
The Johnson Family
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