Loyd Dale Isley

Loyd Dale Isley


Loyd Dale Isley, 67, of Sallisaw, passed away Friday, October 28, 2016 in Fort Smith. He was born on November 15, 1948 in Wagoner, OK to Oscar David and Hazel Ester (Watkins) Isley.Loyd was married to Danna Lou Sumpter and to this union a son, Wayne Lee, was born. He was a graduate of NSU and also a firefighter for the Brent Fire Dept. He retired from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in 2003 after 28 years of service. During his service, he had been a park ranger, lake manager and environmental specialist. He was one of the first to catalog the nesting of bald eagles and was very instrumental in the formation of the Eagle Restoration Program in Oklahoma. After his retirement, he worked with FEMA in disaster relief in multiple states. He was an avid hunter and fisherman throughout his life and he was a great Father, Son, Brother and a Friend to many. Loyd was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers; Eddie Leroy Isley and Bobby Ray Isley and 2 sisters; Faye Bell Isley Kannada and Macel Ruth Isley Green.Loyd is survived by his son-Wayne, Brother and Sister-in-law; Floyd Lee and Anna May Isley, 1 grandson-Chandler Allen Isley and also his long time friend; Kathleen Hunter and her daughter-Kelly Hunter.Memorial Services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, November 5, 2016 in the Sequoyah Memorial Chapel of Forever Memories Funeral Services with Pastor Greg Burnsed officiating. Honorary Bearers will be; Lance Calhoun, Todd Carr, Greg Barnes, Bob Burnett, Lance Purdue, Justin Fox, Larry Fears and Charlie Christie.


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  1. I became acquainted with Loyd as a Park Ranger with the Corps of Engineers. Although we didn’t work together at the same lakes during his tenure, we would often visit with each other at various meetings and conferences. Always appreciated his friendship which he willingly extended to all. Also, enjoyed his sense of humor and stories so much. I do hope the good memories of him will prevail for family and friends, as they do for me, and bring comfort and peace for the future.Rest in peace, my friend…

  2. I didn’t know Lloyd personally, however I do know he is missed by so many. Prayers for comfort and peace for all. I’m pretty sure he is scouting for the best fishing hole in Heaven.

  3. Loyd was a dear friend of ours and he will be greatly missed. Prayers for all of the family!

  4. I was blessed to work with Loyd for 11 years and we became friends. Kerr was a family for many of us who worked there and we also spent time together after work. We had amazing float trips down the Illinois and Loyd was famous for his pond parties. My girls loved coming to the office, the float trips and pond parties. Loyd touched many lives and was a great and caring friend who will be missed by many. I’m proud to have been a River Rat with him. Wayne you remain in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish your memories of your Dad and know he will always be with you in your heart and as your guardian angel.

  5. Loyd was Papa Loyd to all my grandsons. He was a friend to many and always willing to lend a helping hand. We will all miss you Papa Loyd. Rest in peace!

  6. I met Loyd in July 1992 when I started work at Robert S. Kerr, he was the lake manager. Loyd was a great friend as well as a co-worker and fellow River Rat. We were all like family we enjoyed our jobs and as friends we had great times including float trips down the Illinois, pond parties at Loyd’s and other get togethers. I remember when Loyd became the wine maker he always brought me different kinds to give to Ed. He was kind and generous, he always had time for my girls. So Loyd you were loved by many and you will be mourned by many. Wayne our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your Dad was proud of the man you are. Cherish your memories, remember the great times and know that your Dad is always with you and now watches over you as your guardian angel.

  7. I didn’t know Loyd for very long, but for the 4 years I knew him for and the many that my boyfriend, Treyton, got to know him he definitely made an impression. He was Treytons best friend and someone Treyton always knew he could rely on. He was always kind to me and was always a friend to me and treated me just like I was one of the grandkids. Treyton and I will always remember his tales of adventure and we can both only hope to live a life even half as amazing as his was. I know we will both always have him in our hearts.

  8. We will always remember Loyd as a warm, friendly and skilled raconteur. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family and close friends.

  9. What a GREAT GUY…I was a friend to Loyd for many years. From pheasant hunting to the great bear hunt in Canada. Had a great time with him. As with many of his other friend I will miss him a great deal. We loaded the pickup full of deer with his son Wayne to a ton of dove with his brother Floyd. Rest in Peace my friend , you will be missed by my family and myself. If you are in heaven reading this , remember "Spanky"

  10. Sorry to hear about this loss. We attended church with Loyd for several years in the past and will always remember his perfect and deep voice naratives of our Easter and Christmas Cantatas. He was a wonderful addition to our musical programs and greatly appreciate by the church members. Later, it was not unusual to see him at the post office or around town and he always had a good word. Our deepest sympathies and prayers to the family.

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