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Elmer L. Lloyd
A memorial service was held Saturday at the Hughson Freewill Baptist Church for Elmer Lee Lloyd, 92, of Hughson. He died Feb. 2, 2011.

The Neptune Society was in charge of cremation.

Born Feb. 27, 1918 in Bebe, Okla., Elmer was one of seven children. He lived in Oklahoma until age 11 in 1929 when the family moved to Arizona. He lived in Hughson since 1934. He served in the Army from 1941 to 1948 and took part in battles in the Pacific Islands during World War II. He earned the Purple Heart medal after he was wounded in New Georgia in the Solomon Islands while rescuing a fellow soldier. After leaving the Army as a sergeant, Mr. Lloyd joined the Air Force and participated in a secret mission over Russia. While as a electrical contractor he obtained a law degree in 1974.

A lover of Western Swing music, Elmer played with Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys in the 1950s. Over the next three decades he continued to play his stand up bass in several of the local bands and also toured with Tennessee Ernie Ford. At the age of 88 he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and began to attend church at Hughson Freewill Baptist Church.

He leaves behind two sons, Rodney Lloyd and Martin Lloyd; two 2 sisters; and 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

-Ceres Courier/ February 16, 2011