June 4, 2014

Loyd O. Freeman

— God called Loyd O. Freeman home on May 27, 2014, after a long battle with Alzheimers. He died in Midland, Texas. Loyd was born in Chickasha, to Herbert Oliver and Alice Freeman of Norge and Amber on June 2, 1926. He graduated from Amber High School. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from East Central State in Ada, and a Master of Arts Degree with a major in Counseling and Guidance.

Loyd served in the U.S. Army from Dec. 1945 to Nov. 1946.

Loyd married Jean Rayburn on Feb. 1, 1947. They had four children, Jan, Carl, and twins, Mark and Beth. In December of 1957, Jean, Jan, Mark and Beth were all killed in a car accident. Carl, age seven, and Loyd survived. Loyd was farming in Eastern Oklahoma at that time. Loyd later married Joyce Kendrick,  in Chickasha, on March 29, 1959. They had one son, Craig. Loyd sold the farm and went back to school at East Central State in Ada.

After graduating, Loyd taught one year at Byng School in Ada,  then moved to Hobbs, NM as a school counselor.

In 1971 he, Joyce and their two boys moved to Odessa, Texas where he worked as a school counselor and moved to Midland, Texas, in April of 2005. He left the school system in 1978 to be self-employed.

Loyd organized groups of volunteer church builders and for many years he spent his summers renovating or constructing small Baptist churches.

Loyd loved to build and fly remote control airplanes. He was also an accomplished pianist.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; sons, Craig Freeman and wife Linda, Carl Freeman and wife Patti; sister, Lynette Johnson and family: Jimmy Bill Johnson, Lindy J, Beck Shoemaker and husband Greg of Chickasha; three grandsons; a granddaughter; two step-granddaughters; step-grandson; several great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Loyd donated his body to Texas Tech Medical Center. If you feel led to do something in Loyd's memory, donate to Alzheimer's Association.

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