"The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.." Loyace(fondly known as Lillie) journey began on November 3, 1948 in El Dorado, Arkansas to L.B. and Minnie Ree(Jones)Grayes. As a youngster, he attended Washington High School and united with Evergreen Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Champion. Later in life, he worshipped with St. James Baptist Church in El Dorado, Arkansas. Loyace was a man who lived life to the fullest and touched the lives of many that he came in contact with. He never met a stranger. Loyace loved people and people loved Loyace. As a young man, he was employed at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnestoa and he was a dedicated employee for eleven years. As time progressed he acquired a wandering spirit and struck out to take in as much of the world as he possibly could. He traveled from the east coast to the west coast, but always seemed too settle in the South. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, L. B. Grayes. His loving memories will be cherished by his only son, Demarsa Owens(Martika)of Spearsville, Louisiana; his twin brother, Horace Grayes of Little Rock, Arkansas; brothers, Nathaniel Pierce of Strong, Arkansas and Ted Fears of Kansas City, Kansas; ten sisters, Ida M. McDuffie(Tony), Garland Lowery and Geneva Benford all of El Dorado, Arkansas; Minnie Gray of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Velma Johnson, Elsie Fuller, Doris Robinson, Jerilyn Fears, Betty Fears, and Evelyn Harris(Jeff) all of Kansas City, Kansas; one grandson, Demarsa Jr.; two aunts, Sarah Staples and Helen Foreman both of El Dorado, Arkansas; a host of nephews, neices, other relatives and friends, loved ones who will miss him deeply. Homegoing Services for Loyace will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Missionary Baptist Church, El Dorado, Arkansas with Elder Raymond Foreman officiating. Interment will follow in the Batts Chapel Cemetery, Huttig, Arkansas under the direction of the Sims Mortuary Staff. Visitation at the funeral home will be held Friday, February 27, 2009 from 9am-5pm and Saturday, February 28 from 8:30-9:30am.
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