Dec. 10, 1928 Chickasha Grady County Oklahoma, USA
Dec. 16, 2012 Cleveland Bradley County Tennessee, USA
Veleta B. Biggs-Loyd died Sunday afternoon, Dec. 16, 2012, in her home of natural causes.
She was born on Dec. 10, 1928, to John Wesley Spoon and Maude Beatrice Beauregard Harrington-Spoon in Chickasha, Okla.
She was married to Thomas Biggs on Nov. 4, 1945. She served as a pastor's wife for 46 years, Pentecostal Ladies Auxillary (P.L.A.) leader and children's pastor in the Pentecostal Church of God.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 50 years, the Rev. D.T. Biggs; a daughter, Teala Veleta Bray; and a grandchild, Aleshia T. Biggs.
Surviving children include Thomas A. Biggs of Paso Robles, Calif., Evelyn B. Parnell of Collinsville, Okla., Weltha L. Biggs of Chattanooga, Aletha A. Sellers of Cleveland, Joseph E. Biggs of Claremore, Okla., and Geneva A. Facenda of Bakersfield, Calif.; and numerous other extended family members and friends.
She was a resident of Cleveland for the past 12 years and active member of Mount Olive Ministries.
She was a faithful volunteer of "The Caring Place" for eight years. Her passion was sharing the salvation message. She had a heart for intercessory prayer and was on many prayer teams.
by LARRY C. BOWERS, Banner Staff Writer Cleveland Daily Banner
Veleta Lloyd is an "Okie" but has lived in Missouri and California, moved out on her own as a 15-year-old and raised seven children. Now she is The Caring Place's self-proclaimed "Prayer Warrior."
She has been unable to work a regular schedule at the care agency recently, but she is usually at the office on Mondays performing various tasks that need doing for the facility to run smoothly the rest of the week. She was busy a couple of weeks ago separating plastic bags for use by Caring Place clients.
Lloyd was recognized recently when she was presented the organization's first Danny O'Neal Servant Award for her contributions to the agency.
She has worked at The Caring Place since 2002, doing a variety of chores. One of the responsibilities was greeting visitors and praying with them on a number of issues. "I took care of people and realized that my job was to be a "Prayer Warrior," she said.
"I work with anyone who has a need for prayer," she added, saying she still prays at least an hour each day. "I've learned how to pray in church, by myself and everywhere."
Lloyd, who is 83, grew up in Oklahoma and Missouri. She said her father lost an eye when he was a young boy, and cut wood when he was a young adult to support his family. He later drove heavy machinery.
She was only 15 when her father died. Her mother couldn't take care of the entire family and an aunt took in Lloyd and two younger sisters. "I told her she couldn't do that, with her own three children, and I got an apartment for myself and my 9-year-old sister."
This arrangement didn't last long as the truancy officer found out about the situation and forced the younger girl back to her mom.
Lloyd had a boyfriend she had met when she was only 11. He spent a tour of duty with the U.S. Army, and they were married when he was discharged. He had spent some of his service time in California and decided that his new family would move there.
"We spent 46 years out there and raised seven children, five girls and two boys," said Lloyd. "Once the children grew up we moved back to Oklahoma. He had been sick and died on his birthday in 1995."
She spent almost four years in Claremore, Okla., before her daughter invited her to Cleveland for Thanksgiving. On the visit she asked her daughter Gail and son-in-law, Arnie Sellers, if she could move to Cleveland.
After making her home here, Lloyd and some other ladies were visiting residents at area rest homes. She then began volunteering at The Caring Place. "It was only one day a week at first," she said. "For a year I worked at greeting people and having prayer," she said. "Later, I worked four days a week for a year."
Lloyd has had to cut back on her volunteer work, due to age limitations. "I just can't carry all the clothes," she said. She still is able to do some of the menial tasks that are needed on Mondays.
Even with limitations, she has little idle time. "I have a small family at home," she said of her Chihuahua and her daughter's three dogs. "She's always been a dog lover, and when they go away, I take care of them.'
She also has her prayers, and the prayers she says for others. "There's just so much bad in the world, like abortion, abuse, hunger and genocide," she said. "God tells us that if we could all come together He would stop this.
"I'm thankful that I have a place to work," Lloyd added. "And, I can pray for other people here, or anywhere. I wouldn't change anything in my world."
"The Lord will lead you through prayer and I'm glad I can help people," she said. "I pray at least an hour each day and I can pray with anyone. Still, it's a personal thing between you and God."