In Memory of




Obituary for Edna Elizabeth Lofton

Edna Elizabeth (Swafford) Lofton affectionately known as “Susie” was born May 14, 1951 in Knoxville, Tennessee and went to be with her Lord on April 25, 2023 after a lengthy illness.

She was preceded in death by her parents; John H. Swafford II and Gladys V. (Arp) Howell and the following siblings: Jim McDowell, Polly Morris, Madia Green, Nancy Bohmer, Flora Gilliland and Earl McDowell.

She is survived by a sister; Margaret Miolen of Cleveland, Tennessee and a brother, John H. Swafford III, of Niota, Tennessee and several nieces and nephews. Also, two daughters; Kami Lofton and Wanda (Brian) Weathers, both of Cleveland, Tennessee and four grandchildren: Savannah, Andrew, Brandon and Whitney, all of Cleveland, Tennessee. She leaves behind her devoted husband, Walter Lofton of 53 years who has been by her side during the last several years of ill health and convalescences. (And also, her special little dog, Buttercup.) She met Walter in October, 1969 and they were married on February 27, 1970.

Susie’s talents and hobbies included painting, sewing (making quilts for missions) and writing which she did for the Church and also for a weekly paper in Cleveland, Tennessee, The Peoples News, and playing the piano, which she did in Church until her eyesight would not permit her to play any longer.

She worked for the White Wing Publishing House in Cleveland, Tennessee where she met her future husband; Magic Chef (who was bought out by Whirlpool), the local hospital in Cleveland, Tennessee which went through several name changes over the years of her association there and a few other temporary places.

She stood by her husband as they accepted pastorates of churches in Louisiana, Tennessee and West Virginia. After retirement she moved to West Virginia in 2012 where she gained a wonderful Church family; Kandy Saunders, Paula Sanner, Darlene and Taylor Osborne and family who welcomed them to West Virginia and helped them get settled into their new work for God along with the Church family of the Page, West Virginia church.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday April 27, 2023 at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home in Marmet, WV where visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. After which the body will be transported to Cleveland, Tennessee for burial in the Lee Cemetery in McDonald, Tennessee with a grave-side service there arranged by the Companion Funeral Home of Cleveland. In lieu of flowers friends can make a donation in her name to The Church of God/Tabernacle Fund at