Whitfield, R. Lloyd

Brick Inscription

US ARMY 1953-55

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Honored by:

Thomas, Helen and Lisa Whitfield

R. (Raymond) Lloyd Whitfield was born May 9, 1931 to George Thomas and Ressie Worley Whitfield. He was their third and last child. He was a graduate of Grainger High School and received his Batchelor of Science Degree in English from East Carolina University.

Lloyd served in the U. S. Army as a sergeant from 1953 to 1955. His brother Thomas, and sister-in-law Helen, tell of his pride in being in the Army and of how much taller he seemed to be upon returning from basic training. Ultimately, his job was as a lineman.

Helen also tells of the time Lloyd couldn’t get his uniform pressed well enough to suit him. He brought his laundry to her and she tried everything she could think of. As a last resort, she went to the home of a neighbor whose son was a Marine and found out how to put a crease in Lloyd’s pants so they’d “almost stand up on their own”. When he returned to the base, everyone wanted to know which laundry he’d used. He had the best looking uniform of all of them.

In 1956, Lloyd joined the Kinston Daily Free Press as Sports Editor. During this time, he announced the games at Grainger Stadium. After two years, he became City Editor for the Free Press. From 1959 to 1964 he also was a member of the North Carolina Army National Guard.

Lloyd joined DuPont in 1962, working up the corporate ladder to a Division Director in the Public Affairs Department in the Wilmington, DE office. He retired from DuPont due to illness and moved to New Bern, NC about 1982.

Lloyd died March 13, 1986. He was survived by his wife Edna, son R. Lloyd, Jr., daughter Beth Jackson and older brother G. Thomas Whitfield, Jr.