Loyd, as he was always known, was 99 years and 7 months old! Loyd was born in North Texas and followed work through the south with his brothers, farming and living as a real-life cowboy. In the early 1940's they settled in Buckeye, Arizona, where he farmed and ranched for Clyde and Spencer Wilson, and later started his own farm with his brothers, Fremon and Glen Coker. He was married to his love, Myrtle Emily McElmurry for nearly 50 years until she passed.
Loyd moved back to Texas in 2003 with his son and family where he helped raise livestock, gardened, and worked as hard as he could on whatever he could, driving his old truck until the age of 90, although he would still jump on the lawn mower when given the chance. He was the hardest working man one could know, and he did that work, his entire life, with one hand, after losing his right hand in a fire at very young age. He was also the toughest man one could know, as he survived a number of things that most couldn't, such as being run over by a large tractor, strokes, and a gunshot. But that work and toughness didn't wear on him as he was as positive and as friendly as any man could strive to be. Outside of work, Loyd was a member of the Odd Fellows. He enjoyed reading old Cowboy novels as they reminded him of his youth. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and auto-racing with his son and grandchildren late into his years.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dean Loyd and Karen, his grandchildren Nichole and Christopher Loyd, his great-grandchildren Nathaniel, Weston Loyd, and baby Cash. Also by his brothers Fremon and Calvin Coker and their families, and sister-in-law Pat Coker and her family. He will be laid to rest next to his sweet Myrtle.
Papa Loyd was a great man, loved by all that knew him!
Published on February 26, 2018