Lofton N. McDonald, 78, of Hardeeville, SC, died Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, SC. He was the husband of Louise McDonald. Funeral Services are private. Allen Funeral Home of Ridgeland in charge.
Lofton Norris McDonald, Sr. was born in New York City to the late William McDonald and Pauline Miner on March 9, 1942. As a child, he liked working. His first job was riding his bike delivering newspapers. He made $2.00 a week throwing papers onto people’s stoop. He knew that was the starting point of his working career. He graduated high school.
Lofton Norris McDonald Sr. met a vivacious lady named Louise Darton. He knew he had to marry her and make Louise his wife. This union was blessed with 7 years of marriage and two beautiful children, Lofton Norris McDonald, Jr., and Lovelle Norine McDonald, who he nicknamed “Little Bit”. He had another child named Heather Melissa McDonald with the late Linda Bemis.
Lofton Norris McDonald, Sr. loved to work. He was a typesetter in New York and became the supervisor at two companies. He was not selfish in the workplace. He found shortcuts and shared it with his co-workers along with management. He took a job with Parade magazine. When proofreading, he would find all kinds of mistakes that lead to his coworkers giving him a plaque and naming him the Eagle Eye. He felt honored and would brag about being called the Eagle Eye at Parade Magazine. He was so proud to take his granddaughter, Lovelle Mena to Father-Daughter Day at Parade magazine.
Lofton Norris McDonald Sr. retired in April of 2005 and moved to Hardeeville, SC to be with Louise Fann whom he would marry. He looked for a typesetting job but no one wanted to hire him with all the talent he had with being a typesetter from New York for many years. He took a job at Kangaroo but that only made him upset and he knew he had to find another job. He then worked at Walmart where he found enjoyment, working with the customers and bagging up their groceries.
He was fast and efficient. People would see him at the registers and jump on his line because they knew what type of service he gave to each customer. He greeted them with a smile and when they left, he told them to have a good day. If Walmart needed someone to work overtime, he was the man for the job. People loved his personality and thought he was hard working and friendly. When he was sick, he was missed. His coworkers called him Mr. Lofton.
Lofton Norris McDonald Sr. loved and would only drive Lincoln Continentals. He never allowed anyone to say the word can’t around him because he believed you could do anything you set your mind to do. He would grin from ear to ear, joking around and screaming out “oh what” to make you laugh.
Lofton Norris McDonald Sr. was the first child to be born and the last child to go to eternal rest to be with his loving family. He is now with his mother Pauline McDonald, father William James McDonald, his brother William Foster McDonald, his sister Laura Chapman and his son Lofton Norris McDonald Jr.
He leaves behind the woman who he remarried in July of 2005, Louise McDonald; his eldest daughter: Lovelle Norine McDonald; his youngest daughter and son in law: Heather Melisa & Mark Collins; his stepson: James Fann; his grandson: Darnell and his wife Shanika Dean, Lofton McDonald, III, Denard Essayons and his wife Patrice McDonald, Lovelle Norrine Mena, Jhanae Freeman, Austin Collins, Noah Collins, Kason Collins and his six living great-grandchildren and he are with the late baby Haven McDonald; along with a host of his nephew, nieces, cousins, and friends whom he loved and who loved him so.
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