THOMSON, Ga. - Rev. Grover Augustus Lloyd, Sr., 89, widower of LaVerne Chaffin Lloyd, died November 6, 2005, in the Thomson Nursing Home.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 9, 2005, at Marshall Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Revere officiating. Burial followed in the Westview Cemetery, with Masonic graveside services.
Rev. Lloyd was born September 29, 1916, in Phinizy, Columbia County, son of the late William and Myrtle Sleister Lloyd, Sr. He moved to McDuffie County at age 12, and in 1933, at age 17, he enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps serving at Bastrop, Louisiana, and at Crawfordville, Dogsboro, and Cartersville, Ga. He began work with Russell Transfer Company in 1935, and at age 20, married Catherine Norris of Warren County on September 26, 1937.
In November of 1937, he moved to Atlanta and began work with AAA Highway Express. He returned to Thomson in 1939 to open a AAA Highway Express terminal, and in 1941, he transferred with AAA to Charleston, SC. He began a civilian war service appointment in Brunswick, Ga., in 1943 where he worked for J. A. Jones Construction Company building Liberty ships for the United States Maritime Commission. In 1945, his appointment continued with McCloskey Ship Builders in Tampa, Fla., and at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington. In the fall of 1945, he moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where he worked as Assistant Warehouse Manager for Taylor Milling Company/Ralston Purina. He returned to Georgia in the spring of 1946 to begin a pulpwood business, and in 1947, he began work for Anderson Construction Company building the railroad into the dam site for Clark Hill Dam/Lake and the bypass from Socastee to Burroughs Inlet at Myrtle Beach, SC. He returned to Thomson later that year to manage the Western Auto store on Main Street. He took a brokerage for Curtis Candy Company in 1948, and in 1950, he returned to Anderson Construction Co. as superintendent building the levy at Macon. He moved to Atlanta to work with the International Union of Operating Engineers No. 926 to grade the site for Rome Paper Craft Division at Rome. He later went to work for Ellard & Associates building the Coastline Railroad from Birmingham, Alabama, to Jacksonville, Fla., until the job was shutdown at Douglas, Ga., and he went to work for Harry Brown Construction Co. out of Milledgeville grading the road from Pumpkin Center to Grovetown. He began work with Shephard Construction Company around 1950 working on jobs at Milledgeville, Macon, and Augusta, Lumberton, NC, and West Blockton, Ala. He worked as General Superintendent for Shephard Construction building the Strategic Air Command Base at Columbus, Miss.
In 1957, he began work for Knox Rivers Construction Co. where he was employed until 1967. On December 22, 1957, he married LaVerne Chaffin of Monticello, Jasper County, Ga. He was baptized and joined Marshall Baptist Church on Easter 1958. He was ordained deacon on December 30, 1961, received his certificate of license on February 17, 1963, and was ordained pastor at Marshall Baptist Church on June 25, 1967. While serving as pastor at Marshall, he opened a Datsun dealership in Thomson in 1968. He left Marshall to pastor at Roberson Baptist Church between 1970 and 1971, and in 1971, he closed the Datsun dealership and returned as pastor at Marshall Baptist. In 1978, he retired from the ministry and worked as inspecting engineer for DuPont at Savannah River Site until his retirement at the end of 1981. A Master Mason since March 27, 1953, he was a member of the Grand Lodge of the Free & Accepted Masons in Georgia and the A. J. Miller Lodge No. 204 of Thomson for more than 50 years.
Rev. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and two sisters: Martha Oliver and Eleanor Turner; two brothers, Richard Lloyd and James Lloyd and is survived by three daughters, Lynn Pledger of Lincolnton, Nell Brooks of Thomson, and Martha Rivers of Thomson; one son, Grover Lloyd, Jr., of Las Vegas, Nev.; two brothers, William Lloyd, Jr., of Harlem and John Lloyd of Thomson; three sisters, Frances English of Thomson, Louise Johnson of Thomson, and Jane Davenport of Macon; eight grandchildren, Michele Hughes, Scott Paschal, Joey Pledger, Carmen McAvoy, Ashley Rivers, Matthew Rivers, Rachel Brooks, and Taylor Brooks; two great-grandchildren, Leeann Hughes and Chase Pledger; and life-long friend, Catherine Winters of Wrens. Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.