James O. Loyd
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James Oscar Loyd, 83, of Spencer, Indiana, passed away at home unexpectedly on April 13, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Virginia L. Loyd, also of Spencer, his former wife, Sandra B. Chappell of Terre Haute, Indiana, and their children, Greg Loyd (wife, Theresa) of Lafayette, Indiana, and Alan (wife, Jessica) Loyd, and grandsons Grigsby and Keaton Loyd, of South Bend, Indiana.
Jim was born May 1, 1938, in Augusta, Georgia, to Hugh & Martha Loyd, growing up in Americus, Georgia. He loved playing baseball, was an Eagle Scout in Troop 21 and worked at the local country club where he taught a young child who couldn't see how to swim, something both boys were quite proud of. In addition to his parents, Jim's maternal grandfather, James A. Johnson, owner of a local barbershop, was very influential in his early life. After graduating Americus High School in 1956 and developing a passion for languages and literature, Jim completed his undergraduate (1960) and master's (1965) degrees at the University of Georgia, in Athens before earning his PhD from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1969.
He began his career at Indiana State University in 1969, serving for several years as chair of the Department of Foreign Languages. Jim's areas of concentration included Latin and Greek and he retired in 1999 as Professor Emeritus of Classical Languages. His contributions to his field of study were considerable, notably as co-founder and co-editor with Dr Virginia Loyd of the quarterly journal Classical and Modern Literature for nearly 20 years.
Jim's interests were wide, and in addition to volunteering for many years with the Boy Scouts of America, he was also an accomplished model railroader?a passion of his for over 40 years. In retirement, he continued his study of American history and his passion for caring for animals. Dogs were drawn to him?the truest sign of a person's character?and anyone who ever saw Jim wipe the nose of one of his young kittens would know his heart.
Those who knew him best knew Jim to be reserved yet a man of great compassion and regard for others. Jim was an incredible listener, loved his family, and made an impact on so many during his time with us.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that those who wish to do so please make a donation to a school of your choice, an animal shelter, or your local Scouting organization.