Charles Earl Lloyd
Services to be held for Charles E. Lloyd
I fought a good fight. I finished the race I have kept the faith Now there is in store for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord,, the righteous Judge , will award me on that day and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearance. II Timothy 4:7-8
Charles Earl Lloyd was born July 2, 1934, the second of seven children born to Katie Daisy Jackson and William Clarence Lloyd, Sr. in Sunflower County, Indianola, Mississippi. At the age of six, he went to live with his Grandmother, Mattie Miller whom he affectionately called â€œBig Mama and her daughter, Ruth Simpson, whom he called â€œBig Annieâ€. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the tender age of nine and was baptized in Sunflower County, Mississippi. It was that same year that his dream of becoming a lawyer manifested when he and his father visited a lawyers office. He knew what God had in store for him. He would sit in a tree with his pet rooster and envision a better life for himself and his entire family.
Charles graduated from Indianola Colored High School where he was quarterback and captain of the football team. He was class president of the graduating class of 1952.
He came to California at the age eighteen with twelve cents in his pockets and a vision of a better life deeply embedded in his heart. He enrolled in California State University, Los Angeles. At age twenty, he took the Los Angeles Police Examination and went on the force at age twenty-one. He received his Bachelors Degree in 1957.
Charles married Dorothy Marie Ludd and God blessed them with a daughter, Janet Marie. He worked as a Police Officer at night and attended the University of Southern California Law School full-time during the day. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1961, and began his illustrious career as one of Californiaâ€™s finest, most famed trial lawyers.
He resigned from the Police Department and entered the Los Angeles City Attorneyâ€™s Office, Criminal Division, as a Prosecuting Attorney. There he garnered unparalleled success, winning one hundred and forty jury trials out of one hundred and forty-five. He was promoted to Chief Trial Deputy, the first African American to supervise a staff of twenty-five lawyers.
He began his private practice in April 1964 under the firm name of Berman, Lloyd and Goldstein. In 1965 he became the senior partner in the law firm Lloyd, Bradley, Burrell and Nelson. The â€œBradleyâ€ in the firm became the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles. Charlesâ€™ record as a defense attorney was as spectacular and unparalleled as his years in the City Attorneyâ€™s office.
From 1962 to 1993, Charles represented all segments of the community, rich and poor, from every walk of life. He received the highest rating in Criminal Law from Martindale-Hubble, Inc. In 1992, he was named Trial Attorney of the Year by the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He received the U.S. Congressional Award for Public Service, a commendation for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Law from the City of Los Angeles. He received the Presidentâ€™s Award for Outstanding Achievements as an Attorney from the San Fernando Bar Association and many other awards for excellence as a trial attorney, including but not limited to commendations from The Brotherhood Crusade, the USC Black Law Studentsâ€™ Association, and National Bar Association. He was inducted into the John M. Langston Bar Association Hall of Fame, and he was the 2009 Recipient of the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Associationâ€™s Johnnie Cochran Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Charles found love and companionship again in 1992. He and Attorney Anslyene Abraham were joined in holy matrimony on September 25, 1999. They enjoyed many years together. Anslyene left her law practice and devoted her life to his spiritual and physical care when he became medically disabled. They were faithful members of Holman United Methodist Church.
Charles went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 30th at 9:25 a.m. His precious Anslyene was at his side as always. He leaves to mourn his home-going his wife, Anslyene, his only child, Janet Marie, three grandchildren, Krishna Monique English, Kimberly Cooper (Carl), and John Charles Randolph, four great grandchildren, Clarke Ashley Cooper, Khaleel Abdul Randolph, Colby Camille Cooper, and Caleb Aaron Cooper, two sisters Mabel Louise Cowherd (Owen) and Avis Lorraine DeVore, two brothers, Joseph Howard Lloyd, Wilbur Everett Lloyd (Judy) and a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. He was preceded in death by two brothers William Clarence Lloyd, Jr. (2009), and Ahmad Rahman (2008). He so dearly loved them all.
A Memorial service will be held Thursday, April 8, 2010, 11:00 AM at Holman United Methodist Church located at 3320 West Adams Blvd., in the city of Los Angeles,