Bessie D. Loftin, 81, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2008, at her residence.
Mrs. Loftin was born March 16, 1927 in Call, Texas to Charlie Collins Sr. and Doshia Myers Collins. She was the oldest daughter to this union. She united with St. Paul C.M.E. Church, Call, Texas, at an early age. She also united with Wesley Tabernacle United Methodist Church, Galveston and then later united with Carter Temple, C.M.E Church. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star (OES), Silsbee, Texas chapter. She attended public schools and graduated from Call County Line High School in the class of 1945. She was a talented basketball player in high school and was sought after by black colleges for her athletic ability in the power forward position. After high school, she attended and graduated from Franklin Beauty School, Houston, Texas. After beauty school, she married her high school sweetheart, Elbert Enoch Loftin, and moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. It was there she and her husband attended culinary school. Not long after, they moved to Galveston where she worked as a cosmetologist.
She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents and two brothers, Percy L. Collins and Charlie "Candy" Collins, Jr.; a nephew, Craig Collins and a niece Patrice Watts Webb. She is the grand-daughter of the late Young E. Myers and Mary Martha Myers.
Survivors include her sisters, Vivianee Collins Watts (Texas City) and Gloria Collins Moore (San Antonio, Texas); a brother, Herbert L. Collins (Diane), Glendale, Arizona; a devoted niece, Terri L. Watts; devoted cousin and friend, Doris Lee Venters; friend, Rosie L. Brown; Kerry Wafer caretaker and friend of Galveston; a host of nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews,great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews, cousins and friends. She was a giving person who loved her family and friends and loved to cook and provide shelter to others.
A wake will be held in her memory from 5 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2008, at Wynn Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2008, at Carter Temple C.M.E. Church, Galveston, Texas. Reverend Charles Webster will officiate. She will be laid to rest in Biloxi Evergreen Cemetery in Newton County, Texas.
Cards memorials and any other expressions of sympathy may be sent to Wynn Funeral Home, 602-32nd Street, Galveston, Texas; 409/621-1677.
The family would like to thank all those who brought joy to her heart. Surely you will be missed. Now her soul can rest in hope. (Hebrews 4:9-19)