Rubye Corley Cloyd
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Mrs. Rubye Corley Cloyd, 102, passed away on Friday, March 22, 2013. A Celebration of life will begin on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, with visitation at 11:00 a.m. until service time at 12:00 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 1204 Crabapple Drive Shreveport, LA 71118, with Rev. Tom Howe officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery.
The daughter of a circuit Methodist preacher, Mrs. Cloyd was the fifth child of twelve born to Rev. Elmus W. Corley and Mary Pauline Chevallier. She grew to adulthood as second eldest child with six brothers and one sister. She loved to sing, ride her grandmother's mare but did not like the cotton stockings of her day and would hang them on a tree limb on her way to school until her brother told their father. Mrs. Cloyd married Oscar Lee Cloyd on March 12, 1932 and was happily married for 62 years. They had two children the late, Rev. Oscar E. Cloyd, Sr. and daughter, Rubye Cloyd Andrews.
Mrs. Cloyd was an active member of the Methodist Church in Monroe and West Monroe, LA and a founding member of Christ United Methodist Church in Shreveport, LA. She was a business woman and leader in her community and state which she served on local, state and national boards. Mrs. Cloyd was the first licensed female barber in Louisiana and co-founder with her husband of the original Cloyd's Beauty School, where she gave back-to-school haircuts and permanent waves to girls in local orphanages. She was a member of the Ladies Oriental Shrine and Past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. Her hobbies included needlework, flower gardening and giving to others. She was recognized by former Dallas Police Chief Ben Click for the hand-made neck scarves she made for the homeless while in her 80's and 90's. Mrs. Cloyd also filled and donated 250 love bags for children in an African orphanage.
She is survived by her daughter, Rubye Cloyd Andrews and husband, John Culver; daughter-in-law, Martha Cloyd Peal; grandchildren, Mark Andrews wife, Linda, Edward Cloyd-Baldwin, Scott Andrews wife, Renate, and Elizabeth Maxwell husband, Bubba; great-grandchildren, Jeremy Wilson-Andrews wife, Dana, Gatlin Andrews, Erin Andrews, Aidan Andrews, Savannah Maxwell, and Reed Maxwell; great-great-grandchildren, Jude and Skyler Wilson-Andrews; extended family includes 3 grand-daughters and husbands; 7 grand-children and 3 spouses.
The family requests that memorial gifts be made in lieu of flowers to the Louisiana Methodist Children's Home, P.O. Box 929, Ruston, LA 71273-9976.
She lived the words of the poem by Sam Walter Foss which she shared with the ladies at her 80th birthday luncheon:
"Let me live in the house by the side of the road where the race of men go by; The men who are good and the men who are bad as I; I would not sit in the scorner's seat or hurl the cynic's ban; Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man."
Osborn Funeral Home
Published in The News Star from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2013