Dr. Larry Allan Loyd, 68, of Lawrenceburg died Sunday, April 18, 2021, at his residence. Raised in the New Prospect Community, he was a member of the New Prospect United Methodist Church.
A native of Lawrence County, he graduated from Lawrence County High School before entering Martin Methodist College where he earned an Associate’s degree in Math and Science. Dr. Loyd continued his education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he received his Doctorate of Optometry in 1977. Following graduation, Dr. Loyd returned to Lawrenceburg where he practiced for forty-two years until his retirement in March 2019. Dr. Loyd was an avid fan of baseball and spent many years coaching Senior Babe Ruth.
Born on March 1, 1953, in Florence, Alabama, Dr. Loyd was the son of the late Hardy Norvelle Loyd and Reva Lee Loyd. He was preceded in death by his brother, William Hardy Loyd of Santa Fe, Tennessee.
A devoted husband and father, Dr. Loyd is survived by his wife of 46 years, Linda Lanning Loyd; one daughter, Laura Sandrell (Chris) of Columbia, TN; two sons, Charles Loyd (Abby) of Lawrenceburg and Samuel Loyd (Lynzi) of Murfreesboro, TN; seven grandchildren, Annlee Sandrell, Sadie Sandrell, Chase Sandrell of Columbia, TN, Lily Loyd, Annie Loyd, Will Loyd of Lawrenceburg, TN, and Leo Loyd of Murfreesboro, TN. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Dolly Loyd of Santa Fe, Tennessee and nieces, Libby Loyd and Julie Loyd of Nashville, TN and Cindy Loyd (Nick) Fountotos of Scottsdale, AZ; one great- niece, Peri Loyd Fountotos.
Arrangements are being handled by Neal Funeral Home, 231 N. Military Avenue, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Thursday, April 22, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Neal Funeral Home. Services for Dr. Loyd will be on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 11:00 AM in the chapel with Bro. Billy Beal officiating. Interment will follow at Shaw Cemetery in Lawrence County, TN.
The Loyd family would like to express their deepest appreciation for the many friendships and memories he enjoyed over his lifetime. The family requests memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be sent by way of our website at www.nealfuneralhome.net.