Community asked to help honor soldier killed in Iraq
Military coalition commander asks for patriotic display along funeral procession route; county issues proclamation honoring Lloyd
Patti Sells | News-Telegram Feature Editor

August 18, 2006 - Hopkins County community members are asked to patriotically participate in honoring Staff Sgt. Michael "Chad" Lloyd, who will be laid to rest in Sulphur Springs City Cemetery Sunday, by lining the streets along the funeral route holding flags, saluting or standing with their hands over their hearts.

"He paid the ultimate price for our safety," said Commander Clayton McGraw of the Hopkins County Military Coalition. "Boys like this are keeping terrorists from our doorsteps. This is the least we can do for him."

Sgt. Lloyd, serving his second tour of duty in Iraq, died in Baghdad Saturday while on foot patrol. He and another soldier, Staff Sgt. Kevin L. Zeigler, 31, of Braymer, Mo., were killed when an improvised explosive device detonated while they were trying to disable it. 

Lloyd, the 24-year-old son of Jimmy and Dena Lloyd of Sulphur Springs, and Margaret Lloyd of Corpus Christi, leaves behind his parents; one aunt of Sulphur Springs, Linda Moore; one sister, Amber Davisson of Quinlan; one brother, Jordan Lloyd of Corpus Christi; and his wife, Jessica, serving in the United States Army stationed at Fort Hood with their 3-year-old son, James Thomas "J.T." Lloyd.

According to McGraw, the Kiwanis Club has volunteered to place American flags around the courthouse square. All veterans organizations are encouraged to participate, and McGraw said they hope that houses along the way will patriotically decorate their homes, as well.

Hopkins County Commissioners Court members paid their respects to Lloyd and his family Friday morning by issuing a proclamation honoring him.

"Although Staff Sgt. Lloyd will be deeply missed, the memory of his delightful sense of humor and his unwavering commitment to his loved ones and his profession will forever endure in the hearts of all those who were privileged to know him ... " the proclamation stated.

Hopkins County Judge Cletis Millsap said Friday morning the courthouse doors would close today in Lloyd's memory. All flags on county properties are to be flown at half mast, as well.

Sgt. Lloyd served in the United States Army for six years. He was a senior scout in the 10 Calvary 4th Infantry Division.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at First Baptist Church with Dr. Bob McCartney officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Sulphur Springs City Cemetery. Those wishing to participate are asked to gather along the funeral route between 3:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

The funeral procession will leave from First Baptist Church on Oak Avenue, travel to Jefferson Street by the courthouse, then north on Church Street and proceed to California Street, which runs directly to the City Cemetery.

For more information or if anyone would like to help place flags on the roadway, call Clayton McGraw at 903-885-1551 or 903-439-7410.

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