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Lloyd Coral Judy, 1925 – 2006

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The Rev. Lloyd Judy became a United Methodist pastor in 1962, as a member of the North Carolina Conference. Prior to becoming a pastor, Lloyd had been serving as a chief in the United States Navy for 11 years. After the Navy, he worked for C&O Railroad — now known as CSX — for almost 10 years. He became a local pastor in 1962, serving Cumberland Methodist Church in the North Carolina Conference. He continued to serve in North Carolina from 1962 to 1968. He finished seminary and transferred into the Virginia Conference in 1971.

His first appointment in Virginia was as an associate pastor at Centenary in Richmond. He then served Ferrum UMC in the Danville District (1973), Rodes Chapel in the Charlottesville District (1976), Fairview UMC in the Roanoke District (1982), Moseley Memorial in the Danville District (1986), and Christ UMC in the Staunton District (1990). In 1993, Lloyd retired from the ordained ministry and took up residence in Fishersville, Va. In retirement, he worked as the Fishersville UMC Director of Christian Education, until health issues required him to "retire" again.

When asked about becoming a minister, Lloyd would answer, "If there is something else you can do for a living, then you should. But if you cannot see yourself doing anything but preaching, then you have been called to do so."

Lloyd was married to Thelma ("Tonie") Jobes in 1946. Tonie was a lively and active helper in Lloyd’s ministry, until illness forced her to restrict her activities. She often said she knew God was doing the preaching when Lloyd’s eyes turned a bright baby blue. She preceded Lloyd in death by more than 10 years. They have two daughters and sons-in-law — Sandy and Mark Keith, and Patricia and Richard Stulting. There are three grandchildren.

Lloyd was a voracious reader and a teller of stories. He had a dry sense of humor and enjoyed his retirement by keeping the pastors of Fishersville UMC on their toes. At the same time he was a strong supporter of these pastors — offering words of encouragement and visible support. A measure of one’s influence is when children and youth express positive feelings for someone. When Lloyd died, many children and youth expressed that they missed him, and shared moments where Lloyd had done something special in their life. His great sense of humor meant that he usually got the last word, as he did when he died Dec. 7, 2006 — a day that will live in infamy.

— Roy White and Sandy Keith




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