Henry Clay Loftis

Born on December 27, 1948

Departed on April 27, 2021 and resided in Pegram, TN

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Henry Clay Loftis passed away at the age of 72 after a long illness at the NHC in Bellevue on the morning of April 27th, 2021.

Clay was born December 27, 1948, in Davidson county to the late Earl Chaffin Loftis, Sr. and Clara Lorene Sullens. He was a member of the Pegram Church of Christ.
Shortly after high school, Clay joined the Air Force, where he rose to the rank of Sergeant and proudly served for six years. Following an honorable discharge, Clay began his dedicated career with the Nashville Fire Department, working first as an auto diesel mechanic and eventually earning his way to become a master mechanic. Clay retired from the Nashville Fire Department after 34 years, with ranking as a lieutenant.

Clay was an avid story teller, many of which may have been hard to believe, so Lord get ready! He loved the outdoors, fishing, and hunting. Clay spent many hours supporting and cheering on his children at sporting events as well as coaching others and umpiring ballgames. If you knew Clay, you knew his giving heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Chaffin Loftis Sr. and Clara Lorene Sullens, siblings Betty White, Howell Loftis, Earl Loftis Jr., Warren Loftis, and Judy Schroder, and nephew Joseph Dean Loftis.

Clay is survived by his son Jon David Clay Loftis, daughter Andrea Nichole Loftis, grandson Jon David Loftis II, brother Joseph “Rob” (Alberta) Loftis, sister Mary (Paul) Smith, and many loving nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Clay’s life will be on Sunday, May 2, 2021, at 2PM, at West Harpeth Funeral Home on Charlotte with Jason Allison, Ronnie Thornton, Danny Stewart, and Randy Forrest officiating. There will be a private family interment at Middle TN Veterans Cemetery.

Joseph “Rob” Loftis, Jon David Clay Loftis, Jon David Loftis II, Allen Loftis, Chris Smith, and Walter Simmons will serve as honorary pall bearers.

Memorial contributions are suggested to be made to Lylewood Christian - Camp P.O Box 476, Clarksville, TN 37041.

Visitation with the family will be on Sunday from 12PM until the service time at 2PM.

19 Comments to Mr. Henry Clay Loftis

  1. Pam Freeman and Wally Freeman says:

    Clay was such a sweet guy! We had so much fun in high school. Our class in 67’ was not a big class so we were all friends! Clay was always smiling and happy! He will be missed by so many. Prayers for his family!

  2. Mike Lawrence says:

    Clay was a very happy person who everyone loved to be around. He always had a smile on his face! Will be missed! God Bless!

  3. Willard meadows says:

    We used to dove hunt a lot he could tell a good story may he rest in peace

  4. Misti Nippert says:

    We will miss our dear Uncle Clay. One of the most kind hearted people I’ve known, and always had me laughing. Until we see each other again.

  5. Deborah Greer Quigley '68 says:

    Another Bellevue alumni has passed on To our LORD and SAVIORS arms. RIP CLAY until we all meet again!

  6. Teresa lynn Hancock says:

    Clay was a great friend and Neighbor. We had great times, fun to be around. He will be missed. Hope to see that smile one day. R.i.p. my friend.

  7. Jeane Sharpe says:

    Clay was always dedicated & ready to help with our Bellevue High School reunions! At our high school, we were & still are brothers & sisters & Owls forever!
    Clay will join many classmates who went to be with the Lord before him.
    We will miss you, Clay! Meanwhile, rest gently in the light and love of our Lord, Jesus Christ!
    Pat & Jeane Sharpe

  8. Jane Nelson says:

    Wow what to say about my long time old friend. You got me into hot dice an mexican Dominos. We laughed together an shared lots of thing’s an good memories over the years you made me feel like i was part of your family an your were part of mine. Papa Clay you will be missed…RIP my old friend you are forver in my heart

  9. Marie Bowers Smith says:

    He was a good guy. I always had a good time when Clay was around. I am so sorry to hear this. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

  10. Jimmie Loftis says:

    Prayers for Clay’s FA Miley. RIP, my dear cousin. You will be missed.

  11. Jamie Shelby says:

    Clay always had a smile on his face and was the most kind person one can be. As a kid you would always see clay at the ballpark and he always welcomed me with a smile and a word of encouragement. R.I.P. my dear friend I love ya.

  12. Sheri O. Burlingame says:

    Clay I wanted to be there today at the funeral home but it seems like yesterday I was there with my son Chad. I can’t pull it together. I know you understand. We talked a lot about that since his death. Like everyone else I will miss you and remember how sweet and thoughtful you was. We talked about your love for your family, especially your sister and grandchildren. I will come to see you after things have settled and we will talk again and will see each other again someday. You will be missed by all for sure. I am going to miss my call on Mother’s Day from you! I love you Clay.

  13. Wanda Pewitt says:

    Clay was such a good friend. He loved our class of ‘67. You knew he would always be at the Bellevue picnics.
    I will miss his calls and I will especially miss his calls on Mother’s Day. Prayers for his family.

  14. James, Teresa, and Brandon says:

    David and Andrea, We are sorry for your loss. Your dad will surely be missed. A lot of people knew Clay and everyone liked him . Just remember what a Wonderful Difference one single life made in this world. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless and Comfort you always!🙏

  15. Frances Sullens Taylor says:

    Breaks my heart not to be there celebrating your life, you were always there for us. Believe me that I am there in spirit and I pray we will meet again. Until then I hope you and dad have another reunion, love you Clay! Praying for comfort for your family, I know it’s a rough road to walk.

  16. Faye Hendrickson says:

    So sad to hear this news of my friend. Clay was so special to so many. Sending prayers for the family.

  17. Kathryn Shaw says:

    Dear ones, what do you say when you lose a family member? Our hearts are broken to the point we feel there is no healing, but God, in His loving grace, mercy and l and never ending patience not only heals our brokenness over time but embraces us in comfort. His Son ((Clay) is in our Savior’s arms to take away the pain and bring life eternal. Praise you Lord for your never ending forgiveness and open arms to receive us home. All my love. (David and Andrea’s Aunt Kathy)

  18. Gary and Nancy Thompson says:

    We are sad to hear than Clay has left us, but are thankful we will see him again some day soon. Clay was a good guy who cared about others, especially his classmates from Bellevue. We will miss knowing he was just down the road from us. Praying for his family.

  19. Sherry Sullivan Lowe says:

    Knew Clay for many years. He was a happy and kind soul that will be missed.

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