HARLEM, Ga. - Mr. William R. Lloyd, Jr., 82, husband of the late Joyce Whitaker Lloyd, entered into rest Thursday, April 19, 2007. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2007, at Harlem United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Roger A. Vest officiating. Interment was in the Harlem Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers were nephews.
Mr. Lloyd was born in the Columbia County community of Phinizy in 1924. In the late 1920s, the family moved to Thomson. He was a 1943 graduate of Thomson High School. He entered the US Army in the summer of 1943. Mr. Lloyd spent the next two years fighting in Australia and the Philippines. Upon being honorably discharged in January 1946, he returned to Thomson. He spent the next few years working for a freight company, before entering into the road construction business, a field he remained in until his retirement in 2001. In 1950, he married Joyce Whitaker of Harlem and enjoyed 52 wonderful years until her death in 2002. Mr. Lloyd was most proud of his work with the Henry L. Trotman Co., of Gainesville, Ga. With the Trotman Co., he supervised such local projects as the John C. Calhoun Expressway and Bobby Jones Expressway. In 1986, he went to work with the Richmond County Roads and Bridges, where he was employed until 2001. Mr. Lloyd could cook some of the best barbecue and hash in the world - a culinary skill he learned from his father-in-law, Mr. Joe Whitaker. He loved to cut grass, and he loved life. He was a joy to be around.
He is survived by his grandson, Dennis Gunby, Jr., and wife, Heidi, of Thomson; a daughter, Jan Gunby, Hephzibah; three sisters, Frances English and husband, Bennie Louise Johnson, both of Thomson, and Jane Davenport and husband, Lee, Gray; brother-in-law, Jimmy Whitaker and wife, Helen, Harlem; sister-in-law, Phyllis Edmunds, North Augusta; and several nieces and nephews.
If so desired, memorials may be made to Harlem United Methodist Church, PO Box 39, Harlem, GA 30814.
Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.