Lofton Stallons, age 83, of Cadiz, Kentucky, passed away Saturday, February 4, 2017, at his home in Cadiz. Mr. Stallons volunteered for the U.S. Navy in January, 1952. He received basic training at the Naval Training Center in San Diego, California. His first duty station was aboard the USS Curtis, a converted sea plane tender on loan to the Atomic Energy Commission. In the fall of 1952, he participated in one of the first A bomb experiments at the Eniwetok Proving Grounds, Marshall Islands. He also served aboard the USS Rendova (CV-114), a small carrier, and aboard the USS Valley Forge (CVE-45), a much larger carrier. His naval time also placed him on the USS Valley Forge when it passed through the Panama Canal; it was the largest ship to do so, taking a complete day to pass through. He finished his tour of duty at Green Cove Springs, Florida, where they performed maintenance on mothballed ships. In 1954, while stationed in Green Cove Springs, Lofton received a liberty pass and went to the local Woolworth, where he met his future wife, Leila J. Hampton. While in the Navy, he was also a Golden Gloves boxer. After being honorably discharged on January 13, 1956, he spent time working in the St. Louis area, later moving to Florida before settling down in Cadiz. His Navy training as a metalsmith helped prepare him for his lifelong occupation as a welder. He was co-owner of Trigg County Welding and retired from Averitt Lumber Company in 1998. Mr. Stallons was a member of Cadiz Baptist Church and Cadiz Masonic Lodge 121.
He is survived by: his wife - Phyllis Stallons, Cadiz; son - Terry Stallons (Sandra), Cadiz; daughter - Debbie Stallons, Cadiz; step daughter - Leslie Kessler (Roger), Hopkinsville, Kentucky; brother - Bobby Stallons (Barbara), Cadiz; grandchildren - Terra Joy Stallons and Matthew Lee Stallons; great grandchild - KaLee Stallons; step grandchildren - Dustin Winfree, Ben Kessler, Meredith Kessler, and Mia Kessler.
He was preceded in death by: his parents - Clarence and Myra Dean Terrell Stallons; brother - Marshall Stallons; first wife - Leila Stallons; step sons - John Winfree and Mark Winfree.
Arrangements are being handled by Goodwin Funeral Home and Crematory, 138 Main Street in Cadiz, where the family will receive friends after 4:00 PM on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. The funeral service will be at Goodwin Funeral Home and Crematory at 1:00 PM Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Burial with full military honors will follow at Green Hill Memorial Gardens in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.