Grave marker for Paul S. Lofton
in the McClellanville Cemetery,
(Courtesy Mario Royal)
The son of the late James A.
and Caroline Stroman Lofton and the husband of the late Durst
Arrington Lofton of Ninety Six [South Carolina] and of Cornelia
H. Ward Lofton, also of Ninety Six. He was a member of St. Paul
United Methodist Church in Ninety Six.
In 1935 he graduated with a degree in agronomy from Clemson
College (now Clemson University) where he was captain of the
boxing team. He taught agriculture at Swansea, Lydia,
Darlington, and Sumter high schools. In World War II he taught
military science at Clemson for one year before joining the
paratroopers. He then served as a captain in the 82nd Airborne
Division and saw action in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
Twice he jumped into combat, once in Normandy in France and once
at Nijmegen in the Netherlands. He participated in the Battle of
Since 1945 he was a dairy and beef-cattle farmer in Ninety Six,
winning several awards for milk production and grassland
farming. . He was active in the South Carolina Jersey Cattle
Club and the Greenwood Beef Producers Association. In 1995 he
was named Pioneer Farmer of the Year for Greenwood County.
He was predeceased by two brothers, James A. Lofton, Jr., of
Charleston and Samuel A. Lofton of Augusta; and two sisters,
Elizabeth Hay of Wadmalaw Island and Susan Watson of Johnston.