Mr. Donald J. "Loy" Espy, age 87, of Menlo, GA died Thursday, August 27, 2009at his residence.  Mr. Espy was born April 24, 1922 in Cherokee County, AL, the son of the late Donald Espy and Myrtle Abernathy Espy. He was retired from Riegel Textiles. Mr. Espy was preceded in deathby his wife of 62 years, Thelma Espy; sisters, Mildred Baker and Edna Roper; brothers, Elbert Espy, Emmett Espy, Joe Espy, and Wallace "Watt" Espy. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Charlie Swords; sister, MargaretBaker; sister and brother-in-law, Francis and Tab Dempsey; grandchildren, Joseph Swordsand Justin Swords. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p. m. Sunday, August 30, 2009 at Mason Funeral HomeChapel with Rev. Jimmy Wilborn officiating. Burial will follow in AMI Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Joseph Swords, Justin Swords, Charlie Swords, Sid Swords, Lamar Wilburn and Tab Dempsey. Mr. Espy will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from6:00 until 8:00 p. m. Saturday, August 29, 2009. Mason Funeral Home is directing. For guestbook, please go online to