John Carl Loughridge was born February 11, 1935 in Gastonia, NC, the first born of two children of John C. Loughridge and Mary Grace Westbrook Loughridge. His father was a new car auto dealer, having sold Buicks, Pontiacs and Oldsmobiles for 25 years, and his mother was a school teacher. Both parents are deceased.
Mr. Loughridge has a sister, Mary Loughridge Sessoms who is married to Frank T. Sessoms and they reside in Pinehurst, NC. Mary is a housewife and Frank retired from Burlington Industries as a dye plant manager, and presently sells real estate for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. Mr. Loughridge is very proud of his nephew and niece and their children. Nephew, David Hendricks, Jr. and wife Nancy have two children, Carly and Ashley. Niece, Mary Arberg and husband, Brad, also have two children, Hannah and Blair.
Mr. Loughridge graduated from Gastonia High School and Belmont Abbey College with a BA in business administration and minor in sociology. He entered the USAR 801 HQ & HQ Signal Company in Charlotte, and was then called into active duty by then President John F. Kennedy during the Berlin Crisis and was stationed at Fort Rucker Army Aviation Center in Alabama. He showed jungle movies to helicopter pilots going to Viet Nam. He was discharged on September 30, 1963, with the rank of SP5 having attended army reserve meetings in Charlotte prior to his discharge.
From 1962 until 1964, he was employed by the Gaston County Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court as a case manager and juvenile probation officer, assisting judges who would request both oral and written reports requested prior to disposition of various cases in domestic relations and juvenile court. He dealt with juvenile offenders from age 12 to 16, and also with adults who were having marital problems.
From 1964 through 1997, he was employed as a NC State Adult Probation/Parole Officer supervising offenders from ages 16 thru 80, and often had heavy caseloads. He also supervised those on parole upon their release from prison. He received extensive training at the Institute of Government, UNC Chapel Hill, and the State of North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg, NC. He also had continuous training at the state probation division offices in Asheville and Lexington, NC
Upon his retirement from the State of North Caroline, he was awarded by the then Governor, Honorable James B. Hunt Jr., The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, which is the highest civilian award given in North Carolina because of his service to said state.
He is a lifelong member of First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia where he was a deacon and served for five years on the foreign and home mission committee.
He is presently on the board of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and attends various sporting events promoting Christ. He also belongs to Gideons International having served as scripture distribution and church ministry chairman. He distributes scriptures to schools, nursing homes, hotels, motels, National Guard, police, fire and medic. He has been in both organizations about eleven years.
Mr. Loughridge has traveled extensively and had the opportunity to visit Russia, Finland, Estonia, Egypt, Greece, France, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Sweden, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Switzerland, Italy, Malta and Canada. All trips were made through Gaston College Study Tours.
Mr. Loughridge now looks forward to meeting new and old friends at Covenant Village.