Loftin, Thomas Willard (June 8, 1874—December 25, 1967) was born in Alabama to Thomas Green Loftin and Mary Frances Trant. Thomas Willard married Viola Zora Marshall (1870—1940) about 1893 and they had 9 children. He married second Rosa Lee Clark (1905—1973). Loftin had moved to Florida by 1918 and worked as a barber in DeFuniak Springs, Florida – according to the 1920 and 1930 censuses. Thomas, Viola, and Rosa are buried in the Magnolia Cemetery, DeFuniak Springs, Walton County, Florida. Loftin had connections to all three revisers of the Sacred Harp. Two of his tunes – Sorrowing Soul and Praise His Name – were published in Cooper’s 1902 edition of The Sacred Harp. Loftin served on the J. L. White revision committee and several of his songs are included in the White book (The Sacred Harp, 4th edition with supplement): Praise Our God, Gone to Rest, Alone, and Heavenly Grace, as well as an arrangement of The Hebrew Children. Another of his compositions – The Wondrous Cross – is presented in J. S. James's Union Harp and History of Songs. Of him James wrote: "Professor Lofton (sic) of Alabama, the author of the above tune, is a fine director of music, has a splendid voice, and composes music with ease. He is a great lover of the old sacred songs. At the present time, 1909, he is engaged with Prof. J. L. White in revising the 'Sacred Harp,' which will be distributed in a few months." (Union Harp, p. 185) Loftin served on the 1927 Cooper book revision committee. The arrangement of Heavenly Grace is slightly different in the Cooper and White books.
109a Sorrowing Soul (arranged; removed 1907)
393a Praise His Name (removed 1907)
527 Heavenly Grace
557 Jordan's Banks
571 Land of Rest (removed 1992)