Obituary for Gomer Loyd

Obituary for Gomer Loyd

Gomer “Johnny” Loyd, the grandpa who would let any granddaughter or great-granddaughter paint his nails and curl what little hair he had, passed away in Fort Smith, Arkansas May 1, 2023.

Johnny was born in Pauls Valley to Christopher Loyd and Ruby (Jones) Loyd.  He lived a long and healthy 89 years, to which he would claim was because he was a “meat and potatoes kind of guy”.

A family memorial service will be at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener.

Johnny was a long-time resident of Summerfield.  He retired from Kenco Plastics in 1997. Once he was bored of retirement, he opened a tire shop in Summerfield and soon thereafter, decided to give the cattle business a try.  He officially retired from everything in 2013 and thus began his 2 p.m. every day naps.  Fishing, camping, gardening, taking drives to nowhere, and reading books are all things that he loved. He never passed up the chance to play a game of dominoes or to have a coffee at the local watering hole. But he was always best at being a grandpa. His face would light up when he was around his family and never failed to let them all know they got their looks from him.  Johnny was a member of Heart O’ The Hills Church and served in the Oklahoma National Guard for seven years.

He is survived by his wife, Rosey (Turner) Loyd, of the home; one daughter, Tawanna Thornburg; one brother, Curtis Loyd; seven grandchildren Tissa Carter, Amanda McBride, Alice Thornburg, Justin Thornburg and Cortney Henson; 15 great-grandchildren Kenden Thornburg, Amya Thornburg, Tanton Martinez, Maryah Childs Hartsfield, Nathan Childs, Sean McBride, Ethan McBride, Rhianna McBride, Dale Pearson, Chris Pearson, Brook Pearson, Montana Pearson, Abagail Carter, Raeleigh Henson and Kaiden Jackson; one daughter-in-law, Jean Fetters; and numerous other loved ones and a  host of life-long friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Inona (Turner) Loyd; two sons Christopher E. Loyd and Gregory M. Loyd; and a granddaughter, Christina (Loyd) Pearson.

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Craig Hall
Publisher and owner of Heavener Ledger and