Lillie Bell Spikes Lofton
July 6, 1929 - March 15, 2016
Lillie Bell Spikes Lofton was born to the union of Campbell and Allie Spikes of Bancroft, Louisiana on July 6, 1929. She united with the Friendship Baptist Church of Bancroft at an early age where she sung her first solo at age seven. She served as church secretary of the Friendship Baptist Church until she married Robert Louis Lofton Sr. on July 11, 1947 and moved to DeRidder, Louisiana. To this blessed union of 43 years were added five children. At the age of 19, Lillie Bell joined the Sweet Home Baptist Church where she served as Sunday School Youth Teacher, Senior Mission President, Senior Choir Member, Ministers’ Wives President of the New Light District Association, member of the Isaac and Rebecca Lodge of DeRidder; she was currently serving as President of the Deaconess Ministry.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Campbell Spikes and Allie Spikes Bettis, her husband Rev. Robert Lofton Sr., and 2 grandchildren, Melvin Everette, Jr. and Joy Lofton; 1 sister, Ludy Bruner, and brothers, Ford Spikes and C. A. Spikes. She leaves to cherish her memories, 3 daughters; Brenda (John) Wesley of Leesville, LA, Janice Everett of DeRidder, LA, and Shelda (Matthew) Kelso of Crowley, LA; 2 sons, Robert (Mattie) Lofton Jr. of Humble, TX and Michael Lofton of Houston, TX; 6 grandchildren; Amelia (Abbott) Tellis, Marcus Wesley, Shameika (Byron) Crosley, Charley Hitchens IV, Crystal Lofton, and Robert Lofton III; 5 great grandchildren, Diovanna, NiKayla, Jordan, DeAnna and Jaxon; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation and Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Sweet Home Baptist Church in DeRidder, LA. Visitation will begin at 9:00am until time of service at 11:00am. Burial will follow at Beauregard Cemetery in DeRidder. Rev. Freddy Thomas will officiate.