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William Richard Loyd, Jr., age 77, peacefully went to be with his Lord and Savior on Fri. March 24, 2017.
Richard, the oldest of five, was born a new year's baby at Highland hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana on January 1st, 1940 to the late William Richard Loyd, Sr. (Bill) and Audria Inez (Allen) Loyd. He lived his life for the Lord and was a member of Hot Springs Baptist Church. He loved socializing with his church family.
Richard is predeceased by his loving wife Lois J. Loyd, parents, Bill and Inez Loyd, brother Dewey Loyd, brothers-in-law Carrol Guillory, Sonny Ingram, mother-in-law Eva Ingram, sister-in-law Faye Ponte, son-in-law Willis Teagarden, nephews Jimmy Banks and Jerry Schultz and great niece Crystal Baker.
He graduated from Fairpark High School in Shreveport, La. and attended Ouachita Baptist University where he met his beautiful bride of 55 years, Lois Jean Loyd. He was known for his beautiful blue eyes and looked like a "young Elvis". They both graduated from OBU as music majors and married in 1960. They spent their honeymoon at Humphries Dairy where they lived in an upstairs apartment and Richard worked as a milkman while Lois did her practice teaching in Hot Springs.
They both devoted their lives to their various churches as ministers of music and made many lifelong cherished friends. In addition to his church music ministry, Richard was also a band director. He taught and mentored many students over the years, becoming a father figure to some, many with whom he stayed in contact with his whole life. He thought of them all as his children. There were countless band trips, parades, majorettes, drum majors, football halftime shows, marching competitions and concerts. At the same time, his wife Lois, was the music teacher in the same schools. Together they kept busy planning choir performances, going to competitions, and always had a Spring and Christmas production to put together every year. They did all of this while also being choir director and piano player at their churches, putting together choir performances for children, youth and adult choirs, also traveled and did the music for revivals. Their life and home were always filled with music and students from Arkadelphia, McCrory, Corning and Mufreesboro, Arkansas. Richard also would serve as a park ranger every summer during school break at Lake Greeson in Murfreesboro and was a Boy Scout Leader while in Corning.
Richard decided to pursue a second career of becoming an Arkansas State Trooper at age 33 in 1972 moving the family to Hot Springs. He was ASP Corporal W. Richard Loyd and assigned with Highway Patrol Troop K, Garland County, badge # 54 then later K-9. Richard was also a member of the Troop K SWAT team and in charge of public relations where he did drug workshops for young people at school, churches and college to educate them about the dangers of drugs. He also was in charge of attending and cataloging every fatality in Garland County. He was the kind of policeman that would invite people he stopped to church, pick up a hitchhiker and take him to church with us, and was still the music director even if he was on duty in full uniform. He used to joke with the congregation, "Alright folks, you know what I've got here (grabbing his holster at his side even though he of course locked his firearm in his patrol car), now I better see everyone in here singing!" He was known as the singing Trooper. Richard was a member of a gospel singing group called The Indian River Boys which he enjoyed immensely. He even got to be on one of their albums.
Richard retired from Arkansas State Police in 1988 for health issues. He and his wife began to travel more and went on many adventures. They especially loved the Fall season in the Ozarks. Going "leaf-looking" was a must! Traveling country roads, going to Maplewood Cemetery in Harrison, Ar. or over Mt. Judea near Jasper, Ar., Visiting Big Cedar Lodge, camping in their Scamp, traveling to Mt. View, Ar. for bluegrass music and antiquing with Gale. As well as Smoky Mtns., Niagara Falls, several Nat'l Parks, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Denali, Hwy 1 on West coast of California, Canada, Hawaii with Gale and Wanda...Oh, how they loved these trips.
Richard had a rich Louisiana heritage and loved Gumbo, shrimp or oyster "po boys" and crawfish. Also he loved popcorn, ice cream and bread pudding. He had a love of working on cars that he learned from working alongside his father who was a master mechanic. He loved Louis L'Amour books, old westerns, old movies, The Voice, American idol and American Pickers. He was an avid reader and student of the Bible, loved crossword puzzles, vocabulary, scrabble and chess. He was an excellent marksman and loved going to the shooting range and collecting guns. He enjoyed big band music, attending the OBU Christmas program every year without fail and Monday night Band performances in Whittington park with friends Bob and Betty Myrick. He loved the family dogs especially Cliff (and secretly mommas cats.)
He and his wife devoted many tireless hrs of visiting the sick. They directed a group at Hot Springs Baptist called The Singing Seniors, who volunteer to sing at various nursing facilities around town. These people and places were very near and dear to their hearts. Richard's Sunday School class was something he cherished beyond words. This time to him meant everything and he went to great pains to be sure to attend, until his legs would not possibly take him any further. Richard even directed music from his wheelchair at a church service at the Atrium, that was a special day for him.
No one loved deeper or worried more about his family and friends than Richard. He was the strongest fighter and the biggest teddy bear at heart. He suffered through many health issues and defied death many times over. He was truly a "Miracle Man". He loved his family and friends, and raised his grandchildren as if they were his own. He taught us all, so much, in so many ways and will be greatly missed.
Richard is survived by his children, Lori Eliason and husband Geoff, Ginger Teegarden, Buddy (William Richard Loyd III), grandsons, Nicholas Loyd and Jagur Eliason, all of Hot Springs. sister-in-law Donna Loyd and family, sister, Diane Guillory and family, brother, Stan Loyd and wife Nelda and family, sister, Paula Navin and husband John and family, aunt Jane Wactor and husband H.B., sister-in-law Pat Ingram, nieces Gale Banks and Lyn Bloor and husband Randy, great niece Joy Bailey and husband David and family, great nephews Jason banks and family and Sean Goodin, several dear cousins, many other beloved and precious nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
There are so many people to thank. Without their selfless support and love we could not have made it through the end of his life's journey. Retired ASP Trooper Duvall Moore, his true friend, loyal as a brother visited him without fail several times a week. Our family will always be grateful for how much love he had for his friend. Dwight Cox for faithful visits and words of comfort. Keith Nichols a long time friend who loved Richard like a father and is one of the few people with a talent of handwriting letters that Richard so loved to receive. Our family can't even begin to express how much we respect and love his caregivers who are such special people, absolute Angels on Earth. Gina Filipek, Mona Lisa Wright, Latraice McGraw, Kamario McAdoo, Cristianna McKinney, Ms Gloria Wilson, Kathy Walston, and Seth Atchley, who was like a son to him. Each of these people went above and beyond to make sure he was treated with respect and dignity and spoiled him like a king. He had many others that played a huge part in his care, the nurses, especially Trish and Patty, techs and staff of The Atrium at Serenity Pointe. Kathy Walston and Seth Atchley followed him to continue his care, when Richard moved to a private care home. Loving him through every second until the end. We thank Next To Home Care owner Regina Wimberly, who fought tirelessly, to give him the very best care possible and her staff Alyssa Caldwell (and her daughter Jessie who became a special sparkle, in Richards days with them), Amy Couch, who would watch The Voice with him, and special angel Rose Beard who preciously would hold his hand, which he loved, gave Richard such comfort and reassurance and was a true blessing to our family and especially to daddy. Thank you to ICU nurse Kathy Schrader who had been there from the very beginning helping restore him to the man he was for so long. We thank Hospice Home Care and their team, Dr. Bordelon and Nurse Jonna Humphries. Dr. Gardner and his nurse Marie were Richards longtime support and friends. His many other doctors that were instrumental in his care, Budget Pharmacy and employees, his Physical Therapists Brent and Dewey, his massage therapists Brian Sligh and Pam Wilson, and a "special" thank you to Mark, the barber from Sportsman Barber Shop for trimming Richard when he could not travel. It meant the world to him. The Drs. and nurses at CHI St. Vincent through his many stays in the hospital. It truly takes a village and we are humbled and grateful for all who were involved.
Pallbearers will be Duvall Moore, Dwight Cox, Steve Jackson, Chuck Atkinson, Royce Talent, Keith Nichols and Seth Atchley. Honorary pallbearers Jerry Chancellor and Ron Welch and Richard's Sunday School Class from Hot Springs Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5-7 Wednesday, March 29th at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home. Services are at 2pm Thursday, March 30th at Caruth-Hale chapel officiated by Bro. Horace Gray, Bro. Bob Myrick and Bro. Mike Smith. Burial following service at Crestview Memorial Cemetery in Hot Springs, Ar. with full Arkansas State Police Honor Guard Services.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Ouachita Baptist University Friends of Fine Arts Scholarship Fund #286-8321, send to development office "in memory of William Richard Loyd" , OBU box# 3754 Arkadelphia, AR. 71998.
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Hot Springs, AR 71913
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Hot Springs, AR 71913
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