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Lloyd Westbrook Jr.

Obituary
  • "A dear friend."
    - Elizabeth Gilbert

Lloyd C. Westbrook, Jr. went peacefully to be with the Lord December 31, 2013 at Cannonwood in Tiger, GA. He was born October 28, 1923 in LaFollette, Tenn to Exa DeAlva Roper Westbrook and Lloyd C. Westbrook, Sr. Along with his four siblings he spent his childhood in Carrollton and Hartwell, GA before his family established permanent residence in Athens, GA. He graduated high school in 1940 from University High where he met his future wife. He began his college education at the University of Georgia.
Lloyd is survived by his wife, the former Evelyn F. Oldham and four children: Cathy E. Gable (Ray), Marietta, GA, George C. Westbrook, Powder Springs, GA, Richard C. Westbrook (Teresa), Bowie, MD, and William A. Westbrook, Chicago, IL, 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, a sister-in-law Jean Oldham, Oxford, GA and nieces and nephews. His two surviving brothers are H. Winston Westbrook (Jeanne), Athens, GA and Highlands, N.C. and Travis D. Westbrook (Martha), Rising Fawn, GA. Siblings J. Wiley and Helen Westbrook are deceased. He and Evelyn were married October 16, 1943. After serving in the Army Air Force during World War II he continued his education at Georgia Tech.
Aeronautical engineering was Lloyd's profession. He was employed by Bell Bomber Plant, Lockheed Aircraft in Marietta, GA, Briles Mfg. in ElSegundo, CA (producer of fasteners needed in the building process of airplanes) and McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, MO. At an early age he loved any type of aircraft and began a part-time job in that field while a junior in high school. He learned all phases of building an airplane – mechanical, electrical and structural from the ground up - to fixing a flat tire to installing the wings and fuselage. Because others specialized in only one part of this process, Lloyd became accomplished in the field since he was knowledgeable in all phases involved. He became known as "Mr. Fix-it" when he was called on to identify problems that prohibited the selling off of the finished project to the buyer.
While at Briles he traveled to many companies in foreign countries in Europe and Asia teaching employees how to retrofit their planes to bring them up-to-date. After his retirement he collected and built models of the 33 planes he had worked on throughout his career and strung them on wires in chronological order across the ceiling of his 2-car garage, dating from 1939 at Bell Bomber Plant to 1988.
After retiring to Clayton, GA he became a volunteer for Meals On Wheels, Habitat for Humanity and the Literacy Program. He was a member of Grace Bible Church and AARP. He appeared yearly in the local drama, "His Last Days" as Caiphus, the High Priest. During the children's childhood he served as Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and as a leader in the Indian YMCA Guides.
In October of 2013 he and Evelyn celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
A memorial service was held at Grace Bible Church in Mountain City on Saturday, January 4, 2014.
Remembrances may be made in the form of contributions to Halcyon Hospice, 1435 Haw Creek Circle East, Suite 402, Cumming, GA 30041.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Jan. 14, 2014
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