The Norman Transcript

Obituaries

June 14, 2013

John William Lloyd Sr.

NORMAN — John William Lloyd Sr. was born on Nov. 14, 1923, to Arthur B. Lloyd and Camilla Schaeffer Lloyd in Springfield, Ill. He was an only child and grew up in Peoria and Springfield, Ill. His interest was diving, and he became an accomplished and medaled diver. By the time he turned 17, both Arthur and Camilla had passed away.

John chose to join the United States Navy in 1941. He served in the South Pacific and Mediterranean Sea aboard several carriers. He was a plank owner of the USS Intrepid CV-11. John retired in 1961 as a Chief Petty Officer.

In 1954, he married a beautiful widow, Helen Gray. She had two young daughters. John and Helen went on to have three more children. They were married more than 40 years when she passed away.

He decided to move his family back to Norman where they had been stationed in 1959-60. He graduated from OU with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He was 40 years old with a wife and five children, but he was determined to get his degree. From then on, John was an avid OU supporter, season ticket holder and fan. He also audited courses when he was in his late 70s.

After graduation from OU, John began his career as a computer programmer. He worked for the Department of Human Services, Baptist Hospital and Hertz and did some freelancing. After retirement, John was a teacher to the handicapped at Goodwill Industries in Oklahoma City. He loved doing this and his students loved him.

In 1996, John married Melba Tubbs, a widow with six grown children. They were active in pursuing the arts and literature until recently when her health prevented them from living together. They were very close and it was hard on John to have that happen.

During his life, he also was a 32nd degree Perpetual member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and a Life Perpetual member of India Shriners.

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