Forrest Joe Loyd (71)

Carmi, Illinois
Birth: March 28, 1950
Death: September 17, 2021

Forrest J. (Joe) Loyd, age 71, after a three-decade long courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease, entered into eternal life on Friday, September 17, 2021, surrounded by love at his home and overlooking the lake he so very much loved.

Joe was born on March 28, 1950, in Beaver Dam, KY – one of seven children born to Forrest J. Loyd and Marjorie Vera (Gabbard) Loyd. Joe had a decorated career with the railroad industry, starting with L & N in 1969, relocating to Nashville, TN, Louisville, KY, and finally to Jacksonville, FL. Joe worked for CSXT in Scales and Weighting, Mechanical, and retired as the Assistant Chief Engineer in 2000. In 1987, Joe was a co-founder of the National Industrial Scale Association (NISA) and was its President for several years.

Joe Married Martha “Marty” Maricle on July 17, 1972. They recently celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary. Despite living with Parkinson’s Disease for over 33 years, Joe lived an incredibly full life, always maintaining a positive attitude and making adjustments along the way so he could continue living life to the fullest with Marty, his family, and friends. He had an immense love for traveling. He and Marty enjoyed many Caribbean cruises and vacations through the years, and they loved spending time in one of their favorite places, Hawaii. After many years of hard work and travel, Joe and Marty retired and moved back to Carmi, IL, where Joe enjoyed country living and being near family, where he and Marty grew up. Joe loved fishing, was a talented sketch artist, and most of all, loved spending time with his friends and family.

He is survived by the love of his life, Martha “Marty” (Maricle) Loyd, his sisters Barbara (Dean) Farrar, Alma ‘Ami” Loyd Schaefer-Reinhardt (Gary), his brothers Fred (Connie) Loyd, Mike (Brenda) Loyd, and goddaughters Heather and Holly Schaefer, and all of his truly treasured nieces and nephews.

Joe is preceded in death and was greeted in heaven by his parents, his brother Willie Webster, his beloved sister, Carolyn Loyd, and his brother-in-law, Paul Schaefer.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Joe’s memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, or Ashland Christian Church.

Visitation: Cook Funeral Chapel, Carmi, Illinois - Wednesday, September 22, 2021 -- 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Service: Graveside Service - Reib Cemetery, Carmi, Illinois, Wednesday, September 22, 2021 -- 11:00 am
Burial: Reib Cemetery, Carmi, Illinois
Memorials: Michael J. Fox Foundation, 20 Exchange Pl, New York, NY 10005 or Ashland Christian Church, 2229 CR 475 E, Mill Shoals, IL 62862

14 thoughts on “Forrest Joe Loyd”

  1. So sorry for ur loss, i’m Connie McKinney, went to school with u in Enfield, know u will miss Joe! Sending our love & prayers to all the family

  2. We are so sorry for your loss, Lloyd was telling me of some memories of Joe, one of which he was an amazing artist and that he always drew the school Trojan and Mule day donkey, he said his freshmen and sophomore year books has his drawings in them. Prayers of comfort for your family. Lloyd and Nancsi Carter

  3. clarence and marcia Baxley

    My friend Joe first met him 1968. I was working for palace cleaners Joe was driving a truck for white Co. Lumber. Come around the the corner dumped half the load in front of fickerts I went up to help him clean up the mess and we became friends .your friend
    Ray Baxley

  4. Ami and family — We’re saddened to hear of your brother’s passing. He was fortunate to be surrounded by you all and his friends. Your love and support enabled him to enjoy life. May his memory always be a blessing in your lives. May his long life be an example to others (and their caretakers) who do live with Parkinson’s disease that life is still worth living and enjoying. May he rest in peace. May G-d hold him in the palms of His hands and guide your brother to Heaven. {{Hugs}} and ❤ to you all! Fran, Alan and Matt Gold (Lindy’s “Philly” family)

  5. Carl & Bonnie Wilson

    Sorry for your loss to the whole family. God bless & comfort you at this time of sorrow & in the days to come. ❤️❤️❤️

  6. Carolyn & Larry Edwards

    Marty, So very sorry for your loss. Although I never mwant Joe, it sounds like he was a wonderful, loving and caring man. My prayer for you at this time is that all your wonderful memories will help you through this time.
    Love
    cousin Carolyn

  7. Martha, so sorry for Joe’s passing. Always had a smile. Never heard him say a bad word about anyone. A good friend. Our high school days are precious memories. Loved his drawings. My prayers are with you and Joe’s family. Joe, say hello to all the other Trojans you see in heaven!

  8. Joe was my hero in school. I remember his 1964 chevy 409. He would go to air port and fill it up with 100% octane fuel and we would go to centerville black top and drag race. We had some good times together

  9. Marty,
    No words can express my deep sorrow for your loss. Thinking of you and wishing you strength, peace and comfort through this difficult time. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With deepest sympathy.

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