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P.O. Box 319, 101 N. Second Street
McGehee, AR 71654
Phone: (870) 222-3232
Fax: (870) 222-4801
Hershel Leon Lloyd

Hershel Leon Lloyd

Thursday, May 1st, 1941 - Tuesday, December 8th, 2020
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Hershel Leon Lloyd, 79, of McGehee, AR, passed away at McGehee Hospital on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Leon was born on May 1, 1941, and was a lifelong resident of McGehee, AR. He farmed cotton, soybeans, and rice for 20 years and was honored to be selected as Desha Farm Family of the Year in 1986. After retiring from farming, he managed McGehee Staplcotn for 20 years until his ‘second’ retirement in February 2007. Leon was a member of McGehee First Baptist Church. He enjoyed building and flying model airplanes, spending time with family and friends, and cooking. In Southeast Arkansas he was well known as being a master at making divinity candy at Christmas time. Involvement in the McGehee community was always an important part of Leon’s life. He formerly served in the following positions for the city: President of the JC’s; Vice President and chapter member of McGehee Men’s Club; board member of McGehee Chamber of Commerce; President of the Cemetery Association; President and board member of Desha County Farm Bureau; President of A.A.M. Building Association; board member of McGehee Industrial Building Association; and secretary of the Board of Directors of Farmer’s Butane. In addition, he received the following recognitions for his service to the community: Man of the Year; Volunteer of the Year; and a Capitol Citation from the Secretary of State for his community service and his dedication to the McGehee Chamber of Commerce.

Leon is preceded in death by his parents, Hershel G. and Mary Lloyd; a son, Hershel Leon Lloyd, Jr.; and siblings, Mary Catherine Vardaman, Jim and Jerry Hopkins, JoAnn Wynne, and Ronald Lloyd. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sandra Harper Lloyd of McGehee, AR; three children, Robinette(Duane) Fowler of Adelaide, South Australia, James Lee Lloyd of Little Rock, AR, and Leonette(David) Baker of McGehee, AR; two grandchildren, Lloyd David Baker of McGehee, AR, and William Tanner Lloyd of Little Rock, AR; one brother, Charles Lloyd of McGehee, AR, and one sister, Sue(Warren) Collins of Oklahoma City, OK; and two sisters-in-law, Ann Lloyd of Little Rock, AR, and Alpha Hopkins of White Hall, AR. Pallbearers include F.H. Gill, Hayden Harper, Jr., Lloyd David Baker, William Tanner Lloyd, Chuck Lloyd, Chris Gill, Lynn Glosup, James Kolb, Frank Evans, Jerry “Monk” Hankins, Curtis Lagrone, and Danny Reaves.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00pm Saturday, December 12, 2020 at McGehee Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First Baptist Church of McGehee, P.O. Box 133, McGehee, AR 71654, or American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305, or online at
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    Saturday, December 12th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, December 12th, 2020 2:00pm
    Crooked Bayou Drive
    McGehee, AR
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    Rev. Rick Miller
  • Interment

    McGehee Cemetery
    Crooked Bayou Rd
    McGehee, AR 71654
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Jerry &Ann Carlton

Posted at 11:42am
So sorry to hear of the passing of Leon. Our prayers go out to all the family during this time of loss. Ann and I are fortunate to have known you Loyds during our two times to live in McGehee. We cherish that friendship. Leon will be missed by us all but we have comfort in knowing he is now in a better place. May God bless and comfort all the family during this sad time.
Jerry & Ann Carlton
Fayetteville, AR

Pat Bell

Posted at 06:46pm
Sandra & Charles in my thoughts & prayers. So sad to lose Leon.
Pat Bell

Summer, Madisyn & Paige Chase

Posted at 08:26am
We are so sorry for the loss of your sweet Dad and husband. He will always be remembered as such a gentleman. We love you and will continue praying!
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John McGaha

Posted at 03:12pm
Sondra and family we are so sorry for your loss. Leon was a very good man and will be sorely missed by this community. Keeping you in our prayers during this difficult time. John and Theresa McGaha

jackie sheppard

Posted at 09:56am
We are so sorry to hear about Leon's passing. He was a great, great man and will certainly be a loss not only to his immediate family but to McGehee. I know he touched a lot of peoples lives, but I know pesonally of the way he touched my mom and our family's lives. This man will have many jewels in his crown. May you rest in peace Leon and heartfelt sympathies to the family. We love you all

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