OBITUARY: Roger Stanley “Stan” Loyd

Roger Stanley "Stan" Loyd

Roger Stanley Loyd “Stan”, age 70, went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 with his wife and two daughters by his bedside.

Stan was born in Shreveport, LA in 1951 and grew up in a family with 5 children. He attended Morningside Baptist Church where he was involved in singing and playing multiple instruments.

He graduated from Woodlawn High School in 1969 and attended college at Northwestern State University (NSU). After meeting and dating at NSU, Stan married Nelda Alford in 1971. He graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. While in college, Stan felt God’s call to music ministry. That call led to Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas for one year, a return to NSU to complete a Master of Music Education degree, study for a doctorate at LSU, and eventually a Master of Church Music degree at New Orleans Seminary in 1992.

Throughout the years, Stan served as a worship leader in churches in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. He also spent 13 years training and encouraging worship leaders all over the country through his work as a consultant with Lifeway Christian Resources.

He loved his family, playing golf, watching the LSU Tigers play football, and eating Cajun food, especially Nelda’s homemade gumbo. He was an incredible father and husband, always giving of himself for the sake of God’s Kingdom and teaching them to do the same.

He loved music – singing, playing, composing – he loved it all! He was an incredible tenor. He loved leading choirs and helping people learn how to sing.

He spent his life serving others and spent much of his time in ministry pouring into teenagers, leading choirs, and ministering to those who were hurting and grieving. Over his life, he was a father figure to many kids and students as he led them in choir and handbells, took them on choir tours, and served as a constant presence in their lives.

And he was fun. So fun! When you were with Stan, you were with a friend. He never met a stranger and loved getting to know new people. He loved to laugh and loved making other people smile and laugh as well.

Stan is survived by his wife, Nelda Loyd; and his daughters, Becky Loyd and Susan Loyd of Nashville, TN; siblings, Diane Guillory of Shreveport, LA, and Paula Navin of Lake Stevens, WA; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Loyd; and his mother, Inez Loyd, both of Shreveport, LA; and his brothers, Dewey Loyd of Kenmore, WA, and Richard Loyd of Hot Springs, AR.

A memorial service to celebrate the life and legacy of Stan is scheduled for Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 2 p.m. in Baskin Chapel at Brentwood Baptist Church, with visitation at the church from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Stan’s family would like to encourage you to give generously to Justice and Mercy International, a non-profit that serves the poor, orphaned, and forgotten. You can donate by visiting or mailing a donation to:
Justice & Mercy International
304 44th Ave. N
Nashville, TN 37209

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