Vardaman History Project - Loyd Community, Church, and Cemetery

By Leila Murphree Parker

On Oct. 15, 1884 a post office was granted by the U.S. government to be located on land originally purchased by Charles McDonald and was given the name 'Loyd'. Just why the post office was so named will probably remain a dark secret of the past.

The mail was brought on horseback three times each week to the Loyd post office from Houston. The carrier went from there to the Sarepta post office, and stopped at the Pittsboro post office on the return trip.

Thomas L. Foster was the first postmaster followed by C. E. Murphree, L.M. Bailey, George W. James, Cicero Green, Thomas L. Long, John S. Long, and again L. M. Bailey who served until 1909 when the post office was discontinued, the mail thereafter going to the Timberville post office.Vardaman.

Two rural routes were established out from the Timberville post office to serve the patrons of Loyd. One was carried by H. B. Morrow for west Loyd and the other by Hamby for east Loyd.

Probably about the time of the establishment of the post office, a Methodist church was organized. It was located adjacent to the cemetery and across the highway from where the present Methodist church now stands.

It was known as Hurricane Methodist Church and was so named as a reminder of a destructive hurricane that had swept through the area about the time the church was organized. A nearby Creek was also called Hurricane Creek. Members of the church were the Wests, Murffs, Hollingsworth, Frees, Christians, Baileys, Clarks and others.

Early preachers were Raney, Flynn, Goar, and Hankins.

Bailey Memorial UMC In the early 1920's a new Methodist church was built just across the road from the first one. Around 1955 it was replaced by a brick structure and the name was changed to Bailey Memorial Methodist Church. Later, after the Methodist Church and the United Brethren Church merged, the name was changed to Bailey Memorial United Methodist Church.

The name of the community has been spelled both as 'Loyd' and 'Lloyd'. The current official map of the area uses the Lloyd spelling while other sources use Loyd.

By Monette Morgan Young

The first adult buried in Lloyd cemetery was Paul Moore. Caroline Griffin who lived in the Loyd area married Paul Moore who had come from South Carolina and was working on the keel boats that carried cotton down the Skuna from Oldtown. Caroline and Paul Moore had a little son that they named Paul. Paul, the father, fell in the river when it was bad cold and nearly freezing. He was chilled and caught pneumonia and died, even though he had been rescued from drowning. He was evidently working on a boat near his home, for he is buried in the Loyd cemetery, the first adult buried there, but some small children had been buried earlier.

Paul's parents back in South Carolina wanted so much to see their grandson. They wrote Caroline and offered to send for her if she and the child could come for a year. She agreed, and her father-in-law, or maybe some other member of the family, came in a wagon and carried them to South Carolina.

The family must have been very pleased with Caroline, especially Paul's brother Peter Harvey Moore. He fell in love with Caroline and they married and came back to what is now Calhoun County to live. They had several children. One was Elijah (Rock) Moore and one was Mrs. Posey Moore Gregory who became Mr. Jim Gregory's second wife.

The boy Paul was the father of Mr. George Loveless' mother.

Loyd Baptist Church Lloyd Baptist church began in a dream by my grandfather Jefferson Murphree. There was a church at Shirley Ridge and another called "Old Meridian". My Grandfather dreamed that those two churches came together and formed one there at Loyd to be more centrally located. He proposed it to the members of the two churches. These small churches were struggling and were barely surviving. All agreed and a Baptist church was built at Lloyd.

The first families I heard of in the Loyd community were the Griffins, the Poteets and others I cannot remember. Charles Elbert Murphree, my great grandfather, built a house in the area near where the Griffins were or had been. Then he moved over to another house. Then Jack and Martha Clark Free came from Alabama and bought the place where Charles E. Murphree had built a house as well as a good bit of land. Jack and Martha had married in Tuscaloosa county, Alabama, in 1851. She was a sister to the Captain Clark who lived in the flatwoods and to Si (or Sy) Clark (who married the second time to Miss Frone Foshee).

Spratlin House The Spratlin family was another of the Loyd families. This is the home of William Milton Spratin and his family.

Aunt Leila [Murphree Parker] recalls going and getting Mrs. Free in the old buggy after Mr. Free had died and her son Bob had moved his family into the house with her. Aunt Leila wanted Mrs. Free to spend the night and tell them things about the early days. And she did tell of walking all the way from Alabama leading a cow. I guess this was a stubborn cow which would not lead tied to the wagon. They forded the Tombigbee river at Cotton Gin Port, where Amory, Mississippi, is now.

The Frees had six sons and daughters. Ida married Marshall Bailey. They would have the store in Lloyd all the days I could recall. His father had one before him. Telia married Joe Patterson. Sula married Carl Porter. Her daughter Ludie married my Uncle Clyde Murphree, his second wife. Sam Patterson had married Matilda Morgan in Alabama and they were living in a house in sight of Papa and Mama Murphree's (Jefferson and Tinia Murphree) house in the late 1880s. Their son, Joe Patterson married Telia Free, daughter of Jack and Martha.


The cemetery is on County Road 103, the Lloyd Road, west of MS Highway 341, north of the town of Vardaman.

Loyd Cem Aerial

Listing of Graves in the
Loyd Cemetery

Churches and Cemeteries

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