Published 2:10 pm Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Mill Spring– Lloyd Rhymer, 84, of Mill Spring, NC died on Monday, March 13, 2023, in his home.
He was born on Half Circle B Ranch in Fletcher, NC, and was the son of the late Lloyd and Belle Stepp Rhymer. Leaving the majestic mountain of NC, Lloyd moved north to a big city just outside of Chicago, IL. Life was not easy for him there as he lost his father at a very early age. He made the most of it becoming a star quarterback and a golden gloves boxer. In 1955, at the age of 18, Lloyd felt compelled to serve his country. He enlisted in the Army where he also excelled. He was accepted into Jump School where he became a Specialist in the 11th Airborne Division. He was stationed in Germany and Cambodia where he taught advanced tactical training. Soon after he returned, he met the love of his life. It truly was “love at first sight”. After a short romance of only three months, he and Carolee were married and remained deeply in love for 63 years.
Survived by his loving wife, Carolee VanGilder Rhymer, one son, Lloyd Kurt Rhymer (Tina) of Jefferson, GA, and one daughter, Kim Rhymer Eckmann (Shawn) of Mill Spring, NC. Grandchildren include Matthew Rhymer (Lisa), Joshua Rhymer (Rebecca), Zachary Rhymer (Emma), Meghan Eckmann Reynolds, and Ryan Eckmann (Tara). They have been blessed with 11 beautiful great-grandchildren. Lloyd is also survived by his sister, Doris Ann Tippie (Ron) of West Dundee, IL. He also leaves behind a large extended family and loving friends.
Lloyd was a member of the Tryon Seventh-Day Adventist church for 33 years. His last few years were spent serving God and helping others.
A memorial service is being held on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. at the Tryon Seventh-Day Adventist Church 2820 Lynn Rd. Tryon, NC 28782.
Military honors will be conducted by the Polk County Veterans Memorial Honor Guard.
An online guest register is available at www.mcfarlandfuneralchapel.com.
McFarland Funeral Chapel & Crematory