Bobby Gene Lofton died at home on Sunday, August 3rd, 2008, in Indianola, Miss. He was 73.



Mr. Lofton was born in Skene, Miss. Before relocating to Indianola in 1975, he lived in Vicksburg and was employed at the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Mr. Lofton was one of the first licensed bow hunters in the state of Mississippi. As a world renowned bowyer, he owned and operated Lofton Longbows, along with his wife, Lou, and had been involved with the crafting of archery equipment for over fifty years. He earned popularity among traditional archers all over the country and for the last seventeen years, the Mississippi Traditional Archery Association has held an annual tournament in Grenada, Miss. named in his honor called the "Lofton Classic."



He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie Lee and Bertha Morgan Lofton; three brothers, J.B., James C. and James Lofton; and two sisters, Edmonia Gibson and Edna Rickles.



He is survived by his wife, Lou Lofton of Indianola, three sons, Thomas Lofton of Sarasota, Fla., Kenneth Lofton of Excel, Ala. and Martin Lofton of Indianola; four daughters, Sandra Hausaman of Tampa, Fla., Pamela Lick of Jackson, Miss., Regina Gallaugher of Portland, Tex. and Stephanie Guzman of Indianola; one step-son, Wayne Bell of Leland; fifteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.



A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam. and for a brief moment its glory and beauty belong to our world. But then it flies on again, and though we wish it could have stayed, we feel so lucky to have seen it....