Lloyd John Smith, Jr., a resident of Three Rivers for 23 years, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. He was 90.
Lloyd was born April 30, 1923, to Lloyd John Sr. and Hattie Rose Smith in Maricopa, Calif., where he spent the first 68 years of his life. He was the fifth of eight children.
Lloyd served in the U.S. Army First Special Service Force during World War II for 35 months, 26 of which were overseas in every major campaign. When Lloyd returned home from the war, he spent the next 41 years in the oil fields as a foreman at a gas plant located near Maricopa. His strong work ethic was well known to all around him and continued long after he retired in 1983.
In 1946, Lloyd married Inita Faye Whitfield. They were beautiful examples of committed love, both to each other and to their Lord. A dedicated husband, father, and grandfather, Lloyd modeled what it truly means to love God and serve others.
His care and concern extended beyond his immediate circle to include acquaintances, strangers, and animals alike. He impacted those around him quietly and generously, without seeking recognition or praise.
Lloyd was famous for his homemade vanilla ice cream churned for every family birthday and for any other reason that came to mind.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Inita Faye (1928-2012); his daughter, Carol Ann; and all of his siblings.
He is survived by his daughters, Gloria Crabtree and husband John of Three Rivers, Faye Smith of Oceano, Linda Cloyd and husband Steve of Visalia, and son Terry Smith of Sacramento. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
On February 23 and 24, services were held at Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel in Visalia.