In Memoriam: David Aycock Loy (1968-1987)

For some time I’ve considered a blog post series honoring those of Loy descent who died while serving in military. After learning David’s story, and finding to date he has no Find a Grave memorial (I’m under impression he may have been cremated), I knew I had to give him a memorial here. So this In Memoriam series will not be merely for remembrance of those dying in military, but for remembering various distant cousins who died young without leaving descendants.

Shortly over a month ago, I came across the 1987 death record extract of David Aycock Loy, who died in coastal North Carolina. I was curious to “place” his branch, knowing most of the NC Loys today descend from Martin Loy’s (to America 1741) son John. The widows of John’s brothers George and Henry (my branch) migrated to East Tennessee in the first decade of the 1800s, along with all their children — with exception of one of George and Catherine’s married daughters. Upon finding and recognizing the name of David’s grandfather, I instantly knew this was Martin Loy’s son George’s line.

David was son of Neil Loy (who left MI for NC), son of Loren C. Loy (who left Jefferson Co., TN for Detroit, MI), son of John W. Loy, son of George Parnick Loy, son of another John W. Loy, son of Jacob Loy, son of “Fisher” John Loy, son of George Loy, son of Martin Loy (to America 1741).

Despite battling hemophilia and having physical limitations, David strove to be as active as he could. He loved the outdoors and spending time on the beach. Besides accomplishing high school graduation, he also entered the workforce.

  The Loy brothers (L-R): Jeff, Brad, Greg, and David

While in terminal stage of the hemophilia, David yet outlived the doctors’ prognosis of one year to live. He died just under three months shy of his nineteenth birthday.

Throughout this final phase of his life, David was worried about being forgotten after his death.

As a memorial to their late brother, David’s brothers later erected a pavilion in his name at the Clark Street (Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina) beach access. Of the several streets with beach access in Kill Devil Hills, the Clark Street access was the one David frequented.

In Fall 2013 his family established a fund in his name which awards nonprofit grants for children with hemophilia, as well as for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. The Outer Banks Community Foundation oversees The David Aycock Loy Memorial Fund (this link features a more in-depth article on David, his foundation, and how to donate). A copy of that same article was reprinted the following month in The Outer Banks Voice that additionally includes David’s high school photo.

Through this post it’s my hope that, beyond David’s desire not to be forgotten by those he knew, that multitudes of his distant cousins he never met will now have the chance to “meet” and remember him, too.

A special thanks to David’s family, who supplied the above photo of David with his brothers.

2 Replies to “In Memoriam: David Aycock Loy (1968-1987)”

  1. Rhonda Loy

    You are beyond sweet! I am Brad Loy’s wife Rhonda Loy. Brad, David’s brother. I am the only one in immediate family that has any interest in genealogy. I did send this page to the family, Loys, though. I am sure that they were appreciative. God Speed and much gratitude.

    1. loyhistorian Post author

      Thanks for the compliments, Rhonda! When I’d read that article of David not wanting to be forgotten, I knew I had to write this blog post so all the Loys would know about him, too.

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