Dr. M. Kirby Lloyd of Star Tannery, Virginia passed away on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013, at the Winchester Medical Center, surrounded by the love of his family.
Kirby was born on January 19th, 1942 in Waterford, Virginia, the son of Grayson Lloyd and Eva Lloyd Carroll. He graduated from Clarke County High School, received his BS degree from Shepherd University, his Masters of Education from James Madison University, and his Doctor of Philosophy from LaSalle University.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Ann Baber Lloyd, his three sons, Donald I. Ashby, Jr. and wife, Cynthia, Thomas A. Ashby and wife, Jeanette, and Bryan K. Lloyd and his fiancé, Jamie Phillips, and his daughter, Stacey L. Lloyd and her fiancé, Jimmy Shingleton. Grandchildren, Corey Ashby, Amanda Ashby, Casey Ashby, Brandi Lloyd, Chris Lloyd, Cindy Brady, Mary Goyette, J.J. Hileman, James Shingleton and Melvin Shingleton and great-granddaughters Avery Ashby and Rosemary Goyette. He is also survived by his brothers, Cary Lloyd, Dennis Lloyd, Barry Lloyd, Tim Lloyd and his sister, Roxanne Arnold, brother-in-laws, Marvin Baber, Donnie Baber, Ernie Baber and sisters-in-laws, Dottie Boehm and Sandi Crowe as well as their families. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Kevin Lloyd.
Dr. Lloyd began his career as a social worker for the Frederick County Department of Social Services, was a supervisor for the 26th Judicial District Court Service Unit, and in 1978 became the Executive Director of the Henry and William Evans Home for Children where he carried out his life’s work of serving others. He was an endless advocate for abused and neglected children striving daily to insure that each child who came through the doors of the Evans Home was safe, nurtured, and loved. He was responsible for the lives of over two hundred children who were part of the Evans Home family. Upon his retirement he became a board member of Fremont Nursery where he continued his advocacy for children. In July, 2004, the Evans Home dedicated “The Lloyd House”, in honor of Kirby, a project spearheaded by Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr. The Lloyd House serves the alumni of Evans Home.
A community leader, Kirby served as President of Stonewall Elementary PTA, coached little league baseball, served as a member and officer of Back Creek Ruritan Club, board member of Fremont Street Nursery, the Conrad-Hoover American Legion, the Winchester Moose, Winchester Eagles and Winchester Elks clubs, The Virginia Association of Children’s Homes, Board Member of Access Independence and as a youth leader at Saumsville Christian Church. A life-time runner and tri-athlete, he was a member of The Winchester Wheelman and Shenandoah Valley Runners. He served on numerous appointments for the County of Frederick over the years including the Committee for Joint Consolidation of Frederick County and the City of Winchester. Through his tireless efforts the Back Creek community received their first community playground and picnic area. He also was instrumental in the building of The Children’s Dream Accessible Playground at Winchester Parks. He loved his community and its people, inspiring others by his example of service. In 1995 he was awarded the Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award by the Winchester-Frederick Chamber of Commerce.
A memorial service will be held at Saumsville Christian Church, 2035 Saumsville Road, Maurertown, Virginia on Sunday, December 15th at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Joe Fleming and Pastor Wendell Schurtz officiating.
Memorials may be made to Fremont Street Nursery, 533 Fremont Street, Winchester, VA 22601, Saumsville Christian Church Cemetery Fund, 2035 Saumsville Road, Maurertown, VA, 22644, the Hurst Hospitality House at Winchester Medical Center, 1830 Amherst St., Winchester, VA 22601, or the Evans Home for Children 330 E. Leicester Street, Winchester, VA 22601
The family wishes to thank the staff of the Critical Care unit at Winchester Medical Center and Dr. Shyma Rosenfeld for their outstanding care during his final days. “Oh soul, we have positively appeared, that is enough”.