James "Jimmy" Blount Loftin III

James "Jimmy" Blount Loftin III

Suffolk, VA
02.11.1938 - 07.14.2020

James (Jimmy) Blount Loftin III, 82, died on July 14th, 2020, after a courageous, 9-year battle with Alzheimer’s. He was a warm, kind-hearted, loving, funny, intelligent man that went out of his way to make everybody smile. Jimmy was a long-standing member of Haygood United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach.

Jimmy grew up at Chesapeake Beach for most of his childhood. He was active in Boy Scouts, becoming a Life Scout in 1951 and an Eagle Scout in 1952. He played the coronet and trumpet in the elementary school band. In high school, he chose sports over band and played football, basketball and golf. His favorite music was the 50’s music, and he loved to dance the “jitterbug.” In his senior year, he was the first recipient of the Bayside Junior Chamber of Commerce scholarship, “chosen because of his scholastic record, outstanding leadership and personality, and varied activities.” He was an Honor Graduate of Princess Anne High School and voted “Best All Around” when he graduated in 1956.

In 1957 Jimmy began working part-time at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard while working his way through college at Virginia Tech. Upon graduating in 1961 with a degree in electronic engineering, he accepted a position at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company. In 1963, he returned to federal service at Naval Sea Combat Systems Engineering Station, serving in several Branch Head positions, Acting Technical Director and Comptroller. He was the Deputy Department Head when he retired from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Detachment Norfolk in 1994 after 34 years of federal civil service.

Jimmy was born in Norfolk, VA, at DePaul Hospital to the late James B. Loftin Jr. and Hazel Dyer Loftin. He is survived by his long-time partner of 28 years and best friend, Marianne Blaum; his sister, Joan Marks; his daughter, Jennifer Guerrero, and son-in-law, Joe; his daughter, Kathryn Houkom, son-in-law, Levi, and grandson, Lukas; his daughter, Rebecca Kessler, son-in-law Bill, and granddaughter Emma Percival. He was predeceased by his infant son, James B. Loftin IV.

In addition, Jimmy is survived by his dear and beloved extended family: Tim and Teresa Blaum; Chris and Darlene Blaum and their children Tyler, Megan and Zachery; his nephews Richie, Johnny and Eddie Drescher and their families; and his cousin Paul Forehand and wife Elaine.

A private family memorial service will be held due to the pandemic. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter, 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102, Norfolk, VA 23502 or https://act.alz.org/site/TR/Events/Tributes-AlzheimersChampions?pxfid=636946&fr_id=1060&pg=fund  Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com.



As the pandemic shut down so much of our lives, we have not seen much of Jimmy in the past 6 months and were disheartened when we learned he moved from The Village. Marianne, you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We'll remember Jimmy clapping and tapping to the music.

Pam and Jimmy Riddle

Maryanne and family im so sorry to hear of the loss of Jimmy. It was such a shock but with all of the pandemic going on we don't know from one day to the next. Jimmy was such a sweet man and I'm glad that I had the chance to be one of his caregivers. He always had a smile on his face and wanted you to see his puzzles. He was proud of his pictures that he had and his achievements that he got through Va.Tech. He always like to Crack jokes and always ask you if you had any peanut butter when I would bring his breakfast to him. Those little things you always remember when you are working as a caregiver. You all are in my thoughts and prayers and may God get you through this time of sorrow.
Patty Freemen

Patty Freeman

I was saddened to read of the passing of Jimmy Loftin. He was my Dept Head at SEABAT in the Glopar Building when I first started working and for several years. His door was always open to anyone. His weekly staff meetings made everyone a part of his team. My condolences go out to his family, close friends and caregivers.

Lloyd Gatling

Great supporting, working, and laughing with Jimmy at the old SEADET and then SEABAT in the 80's. We were also neighbors for a bit at Aeries on the Bay. Great guy who could always make me laugh.

Jeff Brunner

It was so sad to hear the news of Jimmy's passing. We worked together at SEABAT for over 25 years until 1994. He was a good and valued friend and colleague. One of my great regrets is that I neglected to maintain our relationship after we both left the government. I will always remember Jimmy as just a really nice guy; he seemed to constantly be upbeat, positive, happy, and always had a ready joke to put a smile on your face. I extent condolences from Fran and myself to Maryanne and all of Jimmy's family at their loss.

John Woodward

I was one of his many beach friends in our teen years. We all swam in the bay and lake, played in the sand dunes and just had fun. He graciously filled in at the last minute when one of my first husband's groomsmen backed out of our wedding. He didn't even know my first husband. But you're right, he was just that kind of person. I also attended church with him at Haygood Memorial Methodist Church. He's one of the friends I always remembered. May God bless his family in this time of sorrow and joy. Because he's gone to a better place.
Rose Hampton Graves

Rose Hampton Graves

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