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Leather Lloyd March 17, 1926 - April 15, 2024

“I have been so fortunate in my life” were a few of the last words Leather Lloyd said to his family gathered around him as he was called home on April 15, 2024.
Born in the early hours, March 17, 1926, in Greenwood, La., to James Lloyd and Annie Bullard, the eighth of thirteen children. He knew at an early age farm life did not agree with him. At the young age of 14 and a half years old with Levi, an older good friend and mentor, they both were recruited North to Portland, Ore., a state that neither of them had ever heard of, to work on the Union Pacific railroad as a waiter and cook.
Leather was drafted into the Army on Sept. 9, 1944, where he served as a Technician Fifth Grade 768th Engineer and earned a medal as a “sharpshooter.” He was honorably discharged on Oct. 17, 1946.
He returned to Portland, Ore., where he began work at the VA Medical Center. He worked various positions and in his own words “moved to whichever job paid the most.” He retired as a supervisor of maintenance in 1988 after working 29 years for the VA. After retiring from the hospital, he started his own lawn business which he did for 15 years, working on lawns “one mile away from his house in all directions.” He also enjoyed bicycling and walking the track at Whitaker school, timing himself so that he could record his progress. Dad was very efficient in many ways and did not like to waste people’s time or have his time wasted.
Dad not only found good employment in Portland, but also Betty Lou Gentry, the mother of his eight children. Dad was told by her brother Howard, he had an attractive sister he just had to meet. Howard proved to be a man of his word, because Dad was smitten at first sight. It was a union that lasted 32 years.
In the second part of Dad’s life, he met and married Shirley Mattie in 1986, and became a step-father to her two children. They both were attending members of Eastside Church of Christ. Both were deeply religious and enjoyed the word of the Lord.
Dad belonged to a bowling league for many years, and bowled into his late 80’s.
He enjoyed family reunions in Shreveport, La., and family gatherings here in Portland. He attributed his long life to working and keeping busy, but you could always find him around the noon hour in his favorite place, his Lazy Boy rocker watching “Gunsmoke.”
“I feel so blessed,” Dad would often say, but we as his children and you as his friends were the truly blessed ones. So many fascinating stories and history he shared with all who would listen. His memory will never fade, because he will live on in all the stories retold about him that are forever etched in our minds.
He leaves behind his wife Shirley; and step-son, Jamond. His eight children, Stephanie Lloyd, Karen Barrett (Bill), Jad Lloyd, Benita Lloyd, Lee Lloyd (Theresa Caspell), Byron Lloyd (Gayla), Leslie Crockett (Manuel) and James Lloyd (Liliana); grandchildren Brian Lloyd (Asha), Michelle Doyle (Eric), Heather Lloyd, Joshua Lloyd; great-grandchildren Sloane and Hayes Doyle, Kalia Lloyd. His sister Ossie Jerringan, Shreveport La.0

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    Susann Moore says

    Family, my name is Susann Moore and I attend the memorial service along with my sisters Debbie and Gwen on May 11-2024. My Uncle Lee as we refer to him as UNC’ was an inspiration to us! My mother’s name was Susie Mae, she was the youngest girl, 12th out of 13. She passed away April 7-2021 and Uncle Lee came to Kansas along with Aunt Shirley for her service and he stood and spoke. When we would come to Louisiana, my uncle, my mom and Aunt Ossie(she is the 11th of the siblings), they would get together and talk and laugh about growing up on the farm, it was a joy just to listen to them! My uncle Lee was a go getter and businessman. My sisters and I came to visit last year, we have always kept in touch down through the years and he always ask when are we coming to Portland, I would say we’re coming Unc, we’re coming! I am glad we had the opportunity last year and he was excited to see us. Oh he rolled out the red carpet so to speak, that means he put Lee jr and Jimmy in charge of making sure we had a good time, and we did. Uncle had business cards made LLLC, INC with him as CEO, Lee VP, Jimmy FCO and Leslie the secretary, oh how much fun we had with that!
    I’m going to miss my Uncle (UNC)LEE. Praying for my Aunt Shirely and his sons and daughters. May God bless and keep you all!

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