June and Robert J. Loyd Endowed Scholarship

Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation

Type: Endowed


Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation

Established: 2020

This scholarship is established in honor of Jack and June Loyd, lifelong friends of Pat and Willard Walker. Robert James “Jack” Loyd and Iris “June” Loyd were both raised in Oklahoma.  They met in High School in Burbank, Oklahoma. Jack and June were married in 1943 shortly before Jack went into the Navy to serve in the Pacific during WWII. When Jack returned from the war, his family started an agriculture business in Springdale, AR. This was the start of Springdale Farms, one of the first poultry processing plants in the 1950’s. As the company grew, they built a new plant north of Springdale. About a year later, they met Willard and Pat Walker when the Walkers built a new home on the lot next to Jack and June.  It did not take Pat and June long to learn they both loved to play Bridge and started having regular games together.  Jack and Willard had so much in common too; a love of horses and farms and the rural life.  After both Jack and Willard passed, June and Pat continued to share many hours of friendship.  One of the highlights of their time together was dressing up and going to the John Brown University events.  Their smiles and laughter were legendary as they enjoyed each other’s company.