Funeral services for Dwight L. Loyd, 87, of Longview, will be Thursday, May 31, 2018, at 10 o'clock in the morning in the Chapel of Welch Funeral Home with the Rev. George Killebrew officiating with private interment to immediately follow. The family will receive friends for a Life Celebration visitation Wednesday, May 30, 2018 between the hours of 6 o'clock and 8 o'clock in the evening. Mr. Loyd passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on May 26, 2018, after a lengthy illness.
Dwight was born September 7, 1930, near Rising Star, Texas, to Paul J. and Annie Loyd. He lived there until he entered the United States Army in 1951, in which he served stateside during the Korean War. Using the GI Bill, Dwight trained to be a diesel mechanic, working at several construction and equipment companies near Dallas.
Dwight married Betty Prater Webb on September 1, 1960, in Cleburne, Texas. They moved to Longview in 1961. Dwight worked for several equipment companies until 1968 when he began working for Allen Machinery Company working on John Deere industrial equipment, eventually becoming shop and field services foreman. Dwight came to view the Allens, especially Sidney and Gene, and his co-workers as family.
Dwight, Betty and their two daughters, Janice and Anita, were active members of Valley View Baptist Church for many years. Dwight was an usher, Sunday School teacher and finance committee member. He loved football, especially the Dallas Cowboys and the Baylor Bears. He also loved watching James Bond movie marathons with his daughter, Anita; going out to eat at his favorite restaurants on Saturdays; growing roses; playing the guitar; and solving the world's problems while walking Cargill Long Park with his buddies, James Parker and Dr. Tommy Thomas who both predeceased him.
Dwight was reunited in heaven with his parents; brother, James Edward; and wife, Betty. He is survived by his loving daughters, Janice Kaye Webb of San Antonio and Anita Beth Loyd, his longtime devoted caregiver, of Longview; sister, Mary Chambers of Brownwood; niece, Leslie Horton; nephews, Mark and Glen Moore; several grand nieces, grand nephews and longtime friends; and his beloved grand kitties, Callie, Chloe, Millie and Mickey.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Dr. Rick Earnest and LifeCare Home Health Caregivers, especially Sandra, April and Lindsey, for the wonderful care given to their dad over the last years of his life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LifeCare Home Health in Longview or a charity of your choice.