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  • "My friend and my mentor... Godspeed. Pumzika kwa amani..."
    - Gilbert Smith
  • "I am very sad to learn of Lloyd's passing. He was such an..."
    - Sharon Sugarek
  • "RIP Lloyd and thanks for your service to Africa."
    - Christine Djondo
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    - Christine Djondo
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Murphy Funeral Homes
4510 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA



Lloyd Oliver Pierson, 77, of Waco, Texas was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother who passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at his home in Arlington, VA. An accomplished statesman, Lloyd earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Houston. Lloyd dedicated his career to international service, focused on relations between the US and Africa. Among other things during this political career, Lloyd was the Acting Director and Chief of Staff for the Peace Corps, was an Administrator for US Agency for International Development, a Senior International Adviser for the Save Darfur Coalition, and the President of the US African Development Foundation. He also served on various boards that focused on the youth in Africa.
An avid weightlifter, Lloyd still holds various national bench press records. Lloyd had various other hobbies including collecting country music records, sports memorabilia, historic newspaper and magazines, and souvenirs of African history.
But more than anything, Lloyd was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother, whose family benefited immeasurably from his loving support, selflessness, and compassion. He is survived by his wife, Elida, sons Lloyd, Gene, and George, along with their spouses Laura, Amanda, and Anissa, his grandchildren Lloyd Oliver and Robert and his brothers and sister, James, Larry and Darlene.
Lloyd will be buried in Rockwall, Texas on Saturday, April 21, 2018, and a memorial gathering is being planned for May 19, 2018 in Virginia.
In lieu of flowers the family asks you consider donating to the Peace Corps Fund, in Lloyd's memory, using their website below,

Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 19, 2018
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