Bari Dean Loyd


Bari Dean Loyd, age 75, of Burnet, Texas passed away on September 17, 2018.  He was born in his grandmother’s house in Avery, TX on January 14, 1943.  His parents are Rholand Fletcher Loyd from Mt Vernon, TX, and Junetta Rhea Nicholas Loyd from Avery. The family lived in Hooks, TX, until 1953 when his father accepted a position with Texas State Teachers Association, TSTA, in Austin. 

His greatest love as a teenager was being a mechanic.  He worked for M. E. “Gene” Johnson Gulf station from the age of 14, and remained there for several years.  He enjoyed getting older motorcycles and cars and rebuilding them, selling, and getting more.  He also enjoyed spending weekends at the family’s house on Lake Travis where he developed a love for living on the lake that never left him.

He graduated from Stephen F Austin High School in 1961 and joined the USMC Reserves. He started working for the Texas Teacher Retirement System, TRS, in 1961 and retired in 1998. Retirement allowed him the luxury of living in Burnet, TX, and on Lake Buchanan. He started working part-time for Hoover’s Building Supply in 1998 and remained there until his untimely passing.

He married Peggy Joyce Reid of Austin in 1961, and early in their marriage they had three sons; Stephen Allen Loyd born March 24, 1962, Loni Ray Loyd born May 4, 1963, and finally Michael Dean Loyd born May 19, 1967. Bari, Peggy, and the three boys were faithful members of Faith Lutheran Church of Austin.  He moved his family to Liberty Hill, TX, from Austin in 1976. They transferred their church membership to First United Methodist Church of Liberty Hill. It was during this time in Liberty Hill that he and Peggy divorced, and he remarried to Velma Jean Dwyer in 1979. Jean had a daughter born on February 2, 1971 that Bari adopted, Jennifer Loyd. He and Jean continued to live in Liberty Hill until 1998, and then relocated to Burnet, TX. Bari and Jean were married for 32 years and were faithful members of the First Lutheran Church of Burnet. Jean preceded him in death 10 years ago, and Bari continued to be a faithful member until his passing.

Bari learned his amazing work ethic from his father, Rholand, who generally had many business ventures he pursued in addition to his work with TSTA. Hard work gave Bari some of his greatest pleasure and was a driving force in his life, which he passed on to his sons and daughter. He acquired his home building skills from Peggy’s father, Baxter Reid, who was a home builder and many of Baxter’s relatives that were also home builders. Baxter built their first home in 1967, which launched his lifelong passion for home building. The rigorous demands of building a home suited his budgeting, accounting, and managerial skills he had learned working for TRS. He built 12 custom homes over his lifetime, while working full-time for TRS and part-time for Hoover’s Building Supply.

God and family were his sustaining reasons for his hard work and sacrifice. He reveled in the accomplishments and successes of his sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, and great- grandsons. Much of what he made and amassed over his lifetime were to benefit his legacy.

He is survived by his loving sister, Rholetta Loyd, who sacrificed much for her brother during his many bouts with heart disease over the years. He is also survived by an aunt, Wanda Nicholas of Longview, TX, three sons, one daughter, one son-in-law, three daughters-in-law, seven grandsons, one grandson-in-law, four granddaughters, two granddaughters-in-law, and 10 great grandsons.

All through his life he charmed people with his wit and dry sense of humor, which blessed him with many life-long friends and business associates. His character was above reproach and his many friends, customers, and clients looked forward to his help and insight. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and community.

A Memorial Service will be held at First Lutheran Church of Burnet at 133 Apollo Dr, Burnet, TX 78611 (512) 756-2967 on Sunday, September 30th at 4PM. There will be a reception following the service in the fellowship hall with a meal catered by Momma Jean’s BBQ. All are welcome to come fellowship and reminisce.

In lieu of flowers and plants sent to the funeral home or church, please make memorial donations to the First Lutheran Church of Burnet, or the American Heart Association at (800)242-8721, or the Bennie Lenox Memorial benefiting the Hill Country Community Foundation by calling Doug Fipps (512)756-8471 or mail to: Delaware Springs G.C., PO Box 1369, Burnet, TX 78611. Condolences may be offered to

Arrangements entrusted to Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, Burnet, TX.