The Hendersonville community mourns the loss of a remarkable man, Theodore G. Loftis, Sr., fondly known as Teddy or “TL”. On November 5, 2023, surrounded by his loving family, Teddy passed away at the age of 72. His legacy is woven into the fabric of this close-knit town, and his impact will be felt for generations to come.
Teddy was born on August 3, 1951, in Nashville, Tennessee, to the late Herman and Bettye Loftis. Despite facing adversities, he embraced life with an unparalleled vigor that endeared him to everyone he met. Teddy’s journey was marked by compassion, dedication, and an unwavering commitment to serving his community.
A proud graduate of Hendersonville High School in 1972, Teddy’s passion for public service led him to obtain his Emergency Medical Technician license from Volunteer State Community College in 1975. In 1980, he graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, embarking on a distinguished career in law enforcement that spanned an impressive five decades.
Teddy’s dedication to his profession was unparalleled. He served with distinction at various law enforcement agencies, including the Goodlettsville Police Department, Hendersonville Police Department, Sumner County Sheriff’s Office, Millersville Police Department, and Ethridge Police Department. His journey culminated in his role as Chief of the Lynnville Police Department, where he continued to make a difference until his passing.
Teddy was not just a law enforcement officer; he was a mentor, a role model, and a source of inspiration for countless individuals. He believed in the power of education and training, earning numerous certifications and attending countless classes. Teddy’s thirst for knowledge was unquenchable, and he shared his expertise, shaping the careers of hundreds of law enforcement officers. His achievements were underscored by his graduation from the prestigious FBI National Academy Session #198 in 1999, a testament to his dedication and excellence in his field.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Teddy was a loving husband to Teresa Loftis, a devoted father to his children, and a doting grandfather to his cherished grandchildren. His family was his anchor, and he cherished every moment spent with them. Teddy’s love knew no bounds, and his kindness touched the lives of everyone he encountered.
Teddy’s vibrant personality endeared him to all who knew him. He possessed a rare gift for making friends effortlessly, and he never met a stranger. His generosity knew no bounds, and he was always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. Teddy’s passions extended to the great outdoors, where he found solace and joy. He was an avid sportsman, relishing his time spent amidst nature, and had a knack for repairing and building things, showcasing his remarkable skills.
In honor of Teddy’s memory, a Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, November 10, 2023, at 11:00 A.M., at Long Hollow Church in Hendersonville. The community will come together to pay tribute to a life well-lived, and to celebrate the legacy of a man who dedicated his life to serving others.
As we bid farewell to Teddy Loftis, we remember a man whose impact was immeasurable. His kindness, compassion, and dedication will continue to inspire us all. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation at www.t2t.org, a cause close to Teddy’s heart.
The loss of Teddy Loftis leaves a void in our hearts, but his spirit lives on in the memories of those he touched. Let us honor his legacy by embracing the values he stood for – kindness, service, and the unwavering belief in the goodness of humanity. Teddy’s legacy will forever be etched in the annals of Hendersonville’s history, a testament to a life well-lived and a heart deeply loved.