HARRISONBURG—Lloyd R. Carrier Jr., 70, of Harrisonburg passed away January 8, 2021, at Willow Estates.
Mr. Carrier was born September 8, 1950, in Harrisonburg and was the son of the late Lloyd R. and Susan Cash Carrier.
Lloyd graduated from Madison College (JMU) in 1974 with a bachelor’s in education. He was a member of one of the first male graduating classes of Madison College after it became a co-educational institution in 1966. He was also a graduate of Montevideo High School.
Lloyd began his teaching career at Highland County High School from 1974-1976. He later moved to teach and coach at Lancaster High School and King William High School. In his downtime from teaching, Lloyd was an avid outdoorsman that enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was also a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock. He cared deeply for his children, always putting them first over his own needs.
At Lancaster, he served the school as acting vice-principal, athletic director, assistant varsity football coach and head varsity basketball coach. As athletic director, he developed the department’s budget and curriculum for health and family life for grades 8-10. He also developed and taught driver’s education curriculum to students grades 9-12, both in the classroom and behind the wheel. He served as the District boys basketball director and as a Region A boys basketball director. As director, he was responsible for complying with all rules and regulations for all Virginia High School League sports. He also developed and produced a coaching manual for Lancaster High School.
In 2011, he was inducted into the Northern Neck Sports Wall of Fame for coaching 17 years at Lancaster High School (1988-2005) with a record of 236-98 that included five District titles, five District tourney titles, three Regional titles and five state appearances. He also won seven Christmas tournament championships for a winning percentage of .706. His teams were rated in the Associated Press top 6 ten times. He won District titles with both boys and girls junior varsity teams. He was named Northern Neck Coach of the Year three times.
Later that year, he suffered a traumatic brain injury and moved back to the Shenandoah Valley in 2016. In 2018, he married Donna Whitmore, who survives him. Also surviving is a son, Lloyd R. “B.J.” Carrier II.; a daughter, Ryiah Carrier Moore and husband, Tommy; brother, David Wayne Carrier Sr. and wife, Gail; sister, Linda C. Stover and husband, Bob; and grandchildren, Aubrey Carrier, Kellen Brockwell, Everly and Emerson Moore.
A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 11, 2021, at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Coach Lloyd Carrier Scholarship Fund, 677 Power Dam Road, McGaheysville, VA (EIN 86-1252328).
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