|Sulphur Springs family mourns loss of son in Iraq|
|Patti Sells | News-Telegram Feature Editor|
August 14, 2006 - A Sulphur Springs family mourns the death of their military son who was killed Saturday in Iraq by a roadside bomb.
Staff Sgt. Michael "Chad" Lloyd, the 24-year-old son of Jimmy and Dena Lloyd of Sulphur Springs, and Margaret Lloyd of Corpus Christi, was serving in his second tour of duty with the United States Army as a senior scout in the 10 Calvary, 4th Infantry Division. He and another soldier died south of Baghdad while on foot patrol searching for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
"In reality, he is just another victim of 9/11," said his stepmother, Dena. "We just wanted to hold him one more time."
According to his father, they last had contact with their son two weeks ago.
"Sometimes he could tell me where he was and what he was doing. But, sometimes, he couldn't," Jimmy said. "He told us it was real bad. There were so many IEDs hidden, under boxes, in holes, everywhere. He said they were very sophisticated."
Jimmy said, two weeks ago this past Friday, they had their usual 20 minute conversation. As it came to an end, he told his son he loved him.
"I always told him, 'Don't trust anyone. Don't take chances. Be safe,'" he recalled emotionally. "And I always told him I loved him."
Lloyd was a 2000 graduate of Carroll High School in Corpus Christi, but spent many of his summers visiting his grandparents, Gambrell and Francis Lloyd, of Hopkins County.
According to his father, he was very supportive of his son's decision to join the army right out of high school.
"He needed some discipline in his life and I thought it was a good choice," said Jimmy, whose father also served in the United States Army. "I was very proud of his decision."
Lloyd leaves behind his parents, Jimmy and Dena Lloyd of Sulphur Springs, and Margaret Lloyd of Corpus Christi; one aunt from Sulphur Springs, Linda Moore; one sister, Amber Davis of Quinlan; and one brother Jordan Lloyd of Corpus Christi. He also leaves behind a wife, Jessica, who is also serves in the United States Army stationed at Fort Hood with their 3-year-old son, James Thomas "J.T." Lloyd, as well as a host of family and friends throughout the country.
Funeral services will be held at the end of the week with burial in Sulphur Springs City Cemetery.
"He loved what he was doing, and he was a good soldier," Jimmy said. "Whether or not we believe in the war, he believed in what he was doing. We can agree or disagree with what is going on over there. That's our right. That's what freedom is all about. That's what they are fighting for."