July 12, 2016

Robert J. Lofton Remembered

Bob Lofton was a dedicated employee of Boyle Investment Company for 48 years and his passing in 2012 was a huge loss for the company and all of the employees.  According to Bayard Boyle, Jr., Chairman, his contributions to the company in terms of friendship, support, wise counsel, good judgment, and steadfast loyalty and conscientiousness were immeasurable.  We miss him as a dear friend and as someone on whose life we can look with great admiration.



Robert Jackson Lofton, 75, passed away at home, Friday, March 16, 2012. Mr. Lofton was born in Phillips County, AR. He graduated from Central High School in West Helena, AR and is an alumnus of Davenport College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He served three years in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer. He joined Boyle Investment Company in 1963 where he remained for 48 years, retiring as Senior Vice-President and Chief Administrative Officer. Mr. Lofton, the son of Mr. & Mrs. James M. Lofton, deceased, is survived by his wife Jan Lofton of Memphis; a son, Tony Lofton and his wife, Valerie of Memphis, TN; a daughter, Lisa Crapa of Cabot, AR, a step-daughter, Michele Lynn of Memphis; three sisters, Marian Taylor of Sparta, Michigan, Betty J. Lofton and Susie Backus of Memphis; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a member of Chickasaw Country Club and was a past officer and director of the Memphis Jaycees. He was also a member of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, Tennessee Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors. He was a member and past president of the Memphis Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management, a member and past president of the Memphis Chapter of Building Owners and Management Association, and a member and past president of the Memphis Chapter of Lambda Alpha Land Economics Society. He was Boyle Investment Company’s principal broker for Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. For fifteen years he was a member of the national faculty of the Institute of Real Estate Management, teaching week long courses on leasing and management of shopping centers throughout the United States, including Singapore and Hawaii. For many years he taught real estate related courses in the department of continuing education for the University of Memphis. He co-authored the book Managing Shopping Centers and was an editorial consultant on the book Managing Real Estate. 

Published in The Commercial Appeal on March 18, 2012