March 8, 1922 – February 25, 2012
Darrel V. “Smokey” Loyd, 89 of Orrick, Mo., passed away at 12:29 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Liberty Hospital.
Darrel was born on March 8, 1922 in Orrick to Jesse Loyd and Sallie (Wholf) Loyd. He was a lifelong Orrick resident and businessman. Darrel attended school in Orrick and graduated from Orrick High School.
Darrel served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.
On June 8, 1949, he was united in marriage to Lottie E. Hagman, who survives him of the home.
During his lifetime, he had worked at Wheeling Steel Corp in North Kansas City. He later co-owned and operated Loyd Truck Lines with his brother, Eldred, for a number of years. He then co-owned Loyd’s General Merchandise Dry Goods store with his wife in Orrick, from 1960 to 1978. Darrel had also been a school bus driver for the Orrick School district. Because of his pleasant personality, the students always enjoyed the bus trips when “Smokey” was the driver.
Darrel loved to bowl and earned many trophies from various bowling tournaments.
He was a member of the Orrick United Methodist Church, The Orrick Lions Club, ADA Lodge #444 in Orrick, the Ararat Shrine and the American Legion Post. He had served on the Ray County Board of Education and was currently a member of the board of directors for South Point Cemetery Association. Darrel was very active and involved with the Orrick community.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Eldred Loyd.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Lottie E. Loyd; three daughters and sons-in-law, Trudy Gaines and husband, Harold, Pam Goode and husband, Richard, and Paula Griffin and husband, Marvin, all of Orrick; eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, February 27, 2012 at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Masonic services will be held starting at 5:45 p.m. prior to the visitation also at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 28th at the Orrick United Methodist Church with the Rev. Megan Sly officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in South Point Cemetery near Orrick.
Memorials are suggested to the Orrick United Methodist Church.
Smokey brightened many of my mornings at Fubbler’s. I always enjoyed serving him his coffee and hearing his stories. Now he can continue the debates on sports, weather, and current happenings up there in heaven with Norman.
We were saddened to learn of Smokey’s passing and our sincere sympathy goes out to his family. May the Lord bless you in this difficult time.
Ronnie & Betty Bellis