Gary John Lofthus
September 27, 1948 - May 5, 2023

Gary John Lofthus, 74, passed away on Friday, May 5, 2023 at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare in
Wilmington, North Carolina, surrounded by his loving family.
Gary was born on September 27, 1948 in Opa-locka, Florida to the late Donald Clifford Lofthus
and Phyllis Preiss Lofthus. He grew up in Miami, Florida and later moved to Fairfax, Virginia for
high school. He graduated from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. After
graduation, Gary moved to California to pursue his career in art; however, the family business
brought him back to Virginia where he met his wife, Kathy. They married and had four
daughters. Gary worked as a Human Resources Manager for Cone Mills Corporation in
Salisbury, North Carolina. In his later years, he left the corporate world to begin a career in
remodeling homes. He was able to incorporate his passion for art in his work. However, Gary’s
biggest passion was his family. He devoted his life to raising four girls and then his two
grandchildren. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and friend to all. He
will be deeply missed by many and especially by his family.
Gary is survived by his wife, Katherine Shanks Lofthus; his daughters, Carrie Lofthus Mincey,
Katherine Kent Lofthus, Laura Rose Lofthus, and Caroline Ruth Lofthus; his son-in-law, Charles
Jacob “C.J.” Mincey; and his two grandchildren, Carper Rose Mincey and Charles Fletcher
Mincey, II.
Also surviving are Fred O. Shanks, Jr., John R. Shanks and Lee, Fred O. Shanks, III and Kathy,
Elizabeth Corie Shanks King and Carrington, Amanda Shanks Frazier and Joshua, Fred O.
Shanks, IV, Anderson L. Shanks, and Aaron J. Reyner.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Donald C. Lofthus and Phyllis P. Lofthus; his
mother-in-law, Bobbie A. Shanks; his brother, Donald C. Lofthus, Jr.; his cousin, Larry F. Preiss;
and his son-in-law, Brock E. Beagle.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life service on Friday, May 12, 2023 at
2:00 p.m. at Wrightsville United Methodist Church, 4 Live Oak Drive, Wrightsville Beach,
North Carolina 28480.

Arrangements are in the care of Coastal Cremations, 6 Jacksonville Street, Wilmington, NC 28403.


  • Erin Pascarosa Posted May 9, 2023 9:34 pm

    We are sending all of our love to your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Erin, Paul, Jackson, Stella, and Louis Pascarosa

  • Kerry Kribbs Posted May 9, 2023 11:31 pm

    You all are in our thoughts and prayers. We care very much for your family and have wonderful memories of Gary and his helping us at our house. Much love, the Kribbs.

  • Pam Stier Wehler Posted May 11, 2023 1:44 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Gary was my next door neighbor during high school in Fairfax, Va. Gary and his brother, Donnie, were like my brothers. Gary was always funny! Could always make me laugh. He was very kind and outgoing. The world has lost a shining star…….

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