Thomas “Tommy” Lee Lloyd, 72, of Helenwood, passed away May 20, 2017, at home surrounded by his family.
Born in Scott County, May 15, 1945, he was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Irene Triplett Lloyd; and grandparents: Thomas and Stella Triplett and Marion and Mary Lloyd.
He became a Christian as a teenager at Helenwood Baptist Church and later became a member of New River Missionary Baptist Church. In 1963, he joined the United States Marine Corps, and later became a paratrooper. He joined the United States Army in 1964 and was part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade deployed to Okinawa. In 1965 he was deployed to Vietnam where he was attached to the 5th Special Forces. In 1966 he was wounded in combat and received the Purple Heart. His long recovery was spent at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. He spent three more years in the military serving in the 101st Airborne division, spent time in Germany, and when discharged was part of the 82nd Airborne Division. He was a member of the American Legion Post #136, VFW Post #5669 of Oneida, was a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner, and was a member of Masonic Lodge #695 F&AM in Oneida.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Loretta Means (Ducky) Lloyd of Helenwood; daughters: Kim “Dr. Kim” McColloch, Delisa (“Lightening” (Tony) Helton, Tami “Norm” (Kirk) Buttram, Tomi “daddy’s little black sheep” Thompson, and Dina “Foxy” Lawson; grandchildren: Tressa “the ugly one” Walker, Devin Welch, McKenzie Welch, Jordan “Papaw’s baby girl” Taubert, Chynna Lee “Sally Ann” Thompson, Weston and Parker Helton, Kirklynn “Kirki” and Shay “Satchie Poo” Buttram, and Saylor Wilson; great-grandchildren: Kendyl, Tait “Jethro”, Elli “Ellie Mae”, Prayleigh, Brody, Dillon, and Tinlee “P-Jib”; brothers: Marshall (Jetti) Lloyd, Jimmy (Elaine) Lloyd, Joey (Jane) Lloyd, and David Lloyd; brother-in-law, Danny (Pam) Lawson; special aunt, Ruth Tootsie Cantrel; special friends: Ron Butch Keeton, Jimmy Aden, Joe Queen, Earnest Phillips, Larry Ryan and David Edwards; several nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral service was conducted May 22, in the chapel of Jones & Son Funeral Home with Bro. Kermit Phillips and Tony Helton officiating. Music was provided by Brad Hall and John Vernon Thompson, Jr. Graveside service was conducted May 23, at Reed Cemetery with full military honors conducted by American Legion Post #136 of Oneida.
Arrangements by Jones & Son Funeral Home.