Taylor Grant Loyd
Resume' for Life
My name is Taylor Grant Loyd, but a lot of people know me as Tay Tay. I started my life experience on May 20, 1994 and crossed the finished line a winner on August 3, 2013. Nineteen years and seventy-five days doesn't sound like a lot of living for most people but I'm not most people. Living life to the fullest each and every day was my objective and of course that's how you gain experience, so that's what I did. If you need references ask my parents Marty and Myra Loyd and Terri and Larry Cole, or my brothers and sisters; Mitch, Aaron, Wendi, Emily, Cara, and Haley, or my grandparents David and Dickie Loyd and Ken and Connie Borland, or my favorite nieces Dani, London, Emma, Baylee, and Kynlee. If those aren't enough you can check with my cousins, or anyone in my family and it's a big one! Oh yea, and if you still need more I have a few hundred friends that can vouch for me too.
I'm a 2012 graduate of Northwood High School and have two years of soccer, six years of football, sixteen years of baseball, and a couple years of men's softball under my belt. Although sports played a huge part of my life, my true love…anything with four wheels and a motor (and I bet you thought I was going to say girls.) Early on my passion for cars and lowered trucks was obvious. Being a member of the Vertically Challenged or VC Car and Truck Club World Wide for the past couple of years has been awesome! The club has given me the opportunity to meet so many new people and travel to car shows all over and display pride in my ride, my truck! Drag racing my S10 and '92 Camaro at Thunder Road Raceway in Gilliam for the past five years was an adrenalin rush.
For nineteen you could probably say I'm well traveled. I learned to fly gliders and soloed at age 14 in New York, I've eaten lobster in Maine, white water rafting down the Delaware River, rode bicycles along the beaches of Southern California, took surfing lessons off the coast of Florida, spent a week at Oshkosh (the biggest air show ever), viewed the skyline of Seattle from the top of the Space Needle, stood at the bottom of the Washington and Lincoln Monuments, watched football in Tiger Stadium and the Superdome, baseball in Texas Rangers Stadium, even viewed Blanchard from the right seat of my Mom's Cessna 150 at 2,500 feet.
Through nineteen years you have a lot of people touch your life and influence you or mentor and guide you and I have had more than my fair share. There are so many friends that shared their homes, their parents, their time with me, way more than I can possibly list, but the top three men in my life had the most influence and that's my Dad and my brother's Mitch and Aaron. They taught me what it means to be a man, how to be there for each other and have each other's back, and that hugging and showing affection was a trait of a real man. They taught me how to work hard and play hard. And my Mom, she gave me life and every opportunity to live it to the fullest. She taught me that respect is a must, and that you have to give it in order to get it in return. She showed me independence and always told me I could do anything if I just put my mind to it. She instilled in me that family is so important whether it is immediate, blended, or extended, and that unconditional love is the best kind.
Nineteen years and seventy-five days doesn't sound like a lot of living for most people but I'm not most people. Come celebrate my life on Wednesday August 7, 2013 at First Baptist Church Blanchard at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Rick McDonald officiating. You may visit my family at Rose-Neath Southside on Tuesday August 6, 2013 from 5-7:00 p.m. and rejoice in knowing I'm now riding with the angels!
A memorial fund has been set up for Taylor at Barksdale Federal Credit Union in Blanchard to help defray the cost of the funeral expenses.
Published in Shreveport Times on Aug. 6, 2013