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Junior L. "Jay" Loyd
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Beloved husband, Daddy and grandfather, Junior “Jay” Lee Loyd, 88, passed away on Monday, May 28, 2018, at Norman Regional Hospital. Jay had been a resident of the Veterans Center of Norman since late last year.

Jay was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Gayle (White) Loyd; his parents, Arnie and Ocie (Cotten) Loyd, of Elk City; and an infant sister, Catherine Elizabeth.

Jay was born on November 12, 1929, in Berlin, Oklahoma. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Merritt High School in 1947. Jay married his bride, Doris Gayle in 1950 and the young couple moved to Weatherford so Jay could attend college.

Jay joined the Air Force in 1951, and was one of the few enlistee's chosen for the field of Air Traffic Control. His first assignment was to Hunter AFB in Savannah, Georgia, where their daughters, Cheryl (Cheri) and Linda were born.

Some of the family’s favorite assignments were Japan, Germany and Las Vegas. Wherever they were stationed, Jay’s girls remember growing up in a beautiful, happy home. There were never any arguments, and the family ate dinner together every evening.

Jay served during the Vietnam war, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He attained the rank of Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, serving 29 years before retiring. Later, Jay began a second career teaching Air Traffic Control at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Academy, in Oklahoma City.

Jay excelled at sports, especially golf. He became a pro golfer with a zero handicap and worked at Pro shops in several states. Jay also enjoyed coaching softball, fishing, woodworking and travel.

Jay and Doris Gayle built a home in Choctaw, where they lived together until Doris’ death in 1997. Grandson Joshua Lee grew up at the home and had a special relationship with his Grandpa Jay. Joshua’s son, J.J., was named for his Grandpa Jay. Jay and Doris were married 47 years.

On April 19, 2001, Jay married Marcell Parrish. Marcell says that Jay told her after they married, “Now I want you to be happy. No more crying. Just be happy.” Marcell remembers that their goal, for each day that the Lord gave them, was to enjoy each other and be happy.

Jay and Marcell enjoyed travel. On their honeymoon they visited England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland. They also vacationed in places such as Canada, New York, Niagara Falls and Alaska. Jay and Marcell spent 6 months of every year at their, “second home,” in Port Isabel. They also enjoyed South Padre Island and Colorado Springs. The couple had many friends in Port Isabel and a wonderful church, Bethel Baptist Church.

Marcell says of Jay, “He was just so good. He was the most wonderful, perfect husband. We never had a cross word between us. I will never stop missing him. I have such wonderful memories.” Jay also had a special relationship with Marcell’s grandchildren Drew, Katie and Victoria.

Jay is survived by his wife, Marcell; daughters Cheryl Jenkins and her husband Ron, and Linda Fidler. He is also survived by step-children
Donna and Mitch Harless, Bill and Terri Parrish, and Mark Parrish; grandchildren Joshua Lee, (Heather), Haley, Skyler (Renée), Tim(Adrianne), Paul (Katie), Drew (Bailey), Kaitlin, Victoria, Raina, Easton, Gracen, Camden, Gage, Brianna, Lex, Bankston, and J.J., and many great friends.

The funeral will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Barnes Friederich in Midwest City. Burial with full military honors will be at Fairlawn Cemetery in Elk City, Saturday at 3 p.m.


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