The Very Reverend MSgt Owen Joseph Loftus, Jr.
Holly Hill, SC - The Very Reverend Master Sergeant Owen Joseph Loftus, Jr., age 91, of Greenville SC, formerly of Holly Hill and native of Covington, GA, passed away Monday, January 11, 2021. Owen was a devoted Christian, husband, father, and friend.
MSgt Owen Loftus (ret.) served our country for more than 20 years as both an officer (2LT), and later, a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, and was mainly stationed at Ft. Gordon, GA, where he taught radio communications in the Signal Corps School. After retirement from the Army, Owen earned his Masters of Divinity at Erskine Seminary, and then he went on to complete a Doctorate of Ministry. He was ordained a priest, and later Bishop Emeritus, of the Anglican Church. He was also Chaplin of his local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Owen was preceded in death by his first wife of 50 years, Katherine Szymanski Loftus, of St. Louis MO.
Owen is survived by his wife of 11 years, Sylvia Smith Loftus, native of Holly Hill SC and living in Greenville, SC. Reverend Loftus is also survived by his son, Owen Loftus, III of Cumming, GA;’ daughters, Hildegard Loftus Pinkston of St. Louis, MO, Grace Loftus Black of Augusta, GA, and Katherine Loftus Griggs of Holly Hill, SC. Owen is also survived by 4 grandchildren: Maria Pinkston Buschard, Jonathan Pinkston, Sarah Loftus, and Sean Loftus, and 6 great grandchildren: Stormi Pinkston, Laura Buschard, Gage Pinkston, Madeline Buschard, and Richie and Katie Buschard.
Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, January 14, 2021, from 2-3pm at Avinger Funeral Home, located at 2274 Eutaw Rd. Holly Hill, SC. Visitation will be followed by a graveside service with military honors at 3:30 P.M. at Holly Hill Cemetery on Holly St. Holly Hill, SC.
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