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A Call from Marshall Loftin

Former Handler Touches Base
Jun 17, 2021
Marshall Loftin

Centreville, Miss. — It is Hall of Fame season. Coincidentally, Hall-of-Famer Marshall Loftin (2002) recently called the editorial desk from Centreville, Miss.

The erstwhile professional trainer-handler is now residing in the veterans facility. His sons, Stoney and Bill, took him home for the day while they tended to the chores around the home place.

Marshall's wife Myrtle died in June 2016, and soon after Marshall took up residence in the veterans facility.

Some years back, about this time of the year, Marshall and Myrtle would be preparing to head north to the Johnson Ranch for summer training in Trail City,  S. D., where the Southwestern Championship was later moved from Arkansas.

Friends from Laurel, Mississippi, Richard Boteler and L. H. "Flop" Morrison, made the annual summer trek to Trail City, residing in the "Trail City Hilton," an old stone bank building where they hosted guests and entertained.

His call brought back memories of Marshall's success with any number of class performers. Marshall was in the winners' circle as far back as 1966 with the setter Wonson which won the Southern Championship that year. Among his other headliners were Monte Bello Peggy and Kreole, both winners of the National Free-for-All, Peggy in 1976 and Kreole in 1987. Peggy also won the Southern Championship. Man's Sailin Anne was another consistent winner for Marshall, twice claiming the Southern Championship title.

Marshall is a great raconteur who regaled audiences at awards programs or bird dog seminars. He later worked for Kasco (dog food) which was subsequently acquired by Royal Canin.

At age 89, sons Stoney and Bill are taking good care of him, he said.

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