Deborah McKinney Loftis

July 8, 1952 - July 4, 2013
Deborah McKinney Loftis


Deborah “Debbie” McKinney Loftis, age 60, of Wilmington, NC, passed away with her family by her side, on Thursday, July 4, 2013.

Born on July 8, 1952, in Cowpens, SC, Debbie was a graduate of the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg. A registered nurse, Debbie retired from Cape Fear Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, NC. Debbie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.

She is survived by her husband, James E. Loftis, Jr.; her children, James Edward Loftis, III (Heather), Jennifer Loftis Rice (Henry), Matthew David Loftis (Lisa); grandchildren, Wesley, Emma, David, Jasmine, Lillie, Sam, Ben; along with two step grandchildren, David and Caroline; three sisters, Kathy Davis, Annette Williams (Eddie), LeneiceThompson (Robbie); sister-in-law Ann Rutledge (Ronnie); and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Debbie was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Malissa McKinney of Spartanburg.

A service celebrating Debbie’s life will be held 11 am Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Zion Hill Baptist Church, Spartanburg, SC.

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  • July 05, 2013
    Lawana Sampson says:
    My deepest sympathy goes out to Jennifer and her family at the loss of their dear loved one. You all are in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.

  • July 07, 2013
    margaret (cannon) Adams says:
    Jennifer & family, Your mom was the sweetest lady ever. Memories of when we were teenagers how you guys always keep me laughing! My heart goes out to you guys. You are all in my prayers. God will guide you through this difficult time. I pray he gives you strength & courage to carry you through each day. She is watching over you & always will. God bless each one of you. You have my deepest condolences.

  • July 06, 2013
    Nancy Quarleno says:
    Words cannot express the sense of loss that your family must be feeling. I fell this loss along with you. Deborah was my friend. She never hesitated to love,cajole,and especially tell you what she was thinking.We will mourn her,but do not hesitate to celebrate the love and joy that she brought into all of our lives......You will always be in my heart Deborah!

  • July 05, 2013
    Melanie and Tom Chumley says:
    James, Heather, and family- We were sorry to hear about James's mother. Know that we are thinking of you and please let us know if there is anything that we can do.

  • July 06, 2013
    Mark & Marian Collier says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. In this time of sadness I hope the wonderful happy memories of her will sustain you. Matt, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.