Leonard Basil Floyd
June 9, 1928 — Aug. 2, 2014
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me lie down in green pastures; he leadth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23.
GLOSTER — Services for Leonard Basil Floyd, 86, of Crosby, who died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at Lane Memorial Medical Center, in Zachary, La., will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Brown Funeral Home with the Rev. Bernard Waites officiating.
Burial will follow in Union Baptist Church in Crosby under the direction of Brown Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Mr. Floyd was born June 9, 1928, in Rosetta, the son of Vernon and Josephine Floyd.
He was a beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.
He was a life-long resident of the Buffalo Community in Crosby.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army/Air Force in January 1946. He served as military police and as a trainer for pilot survival training with rank of corporal.
Upon his honorable discharge in December 1946, Basil returned to the Buffalo Community and was employed as a log truck driver. Although he held many other trades as employment throughout his life, he always returned to driving trucks.
He was an avid outdoors man with a deep rooted passion for hunting the woods of Wilkinson County and fishing the Mississippi and Homochitto rivers.
Nothing brought more joy to his life than to end his week-long fishing trips with a fresh-from-his-trout-line fish fry for all his family and friends on the banks of the rivers while telling the fishing stories of the week.
Mr. Floyd was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Eleanor Day Floyd; his parents; one daughter, Rebecca E. Floyd; two grandchildren, Michealla Floyd and Wanda Sue Floyd; one great-grandchild, Samantha Floyd; three brothers, Leroy Odell Floyd, Wilmer Lee Floyd and Joseph Vernon Floyd Jr.; one sister, Mamie Jean Floyd Rabb.
Survivors include seven sons, Micheal D. Floyd of Conroe, Texas, Steven L. Floyd of Gloster, Rodney B. Floyd of Bacliff, Texas, Kenneth A. Floyd of Centreville, Raymond M. Floyd of Houston, Lawrence W. Floyd of Gloster and Johnny O. Halford of Crosby; two daughters, Geraldine J. Doiron of Natchez, and Linda M. Read of Vidor, Texas; 23 grandsons, Geoffrey Floyd of College Station, Texas, John Doiron of Fallon, Nev., Ron Doiron of Columbia, S.C., William George Arnold of Vista, Calif., Christopher George of Oceanside, Calif., Rodney Floyd Jr. of San Leon, Texas, Johnny Floyd of Bradenton, Fla., Jason Floyd of San Leon, Joshua Floyd of Frederick, Md., Jimmy Riddick of Chesapeake, Va., Clay Floyd of Granite Falls, Wash., Steven Floyd of San Francisco, David Hutton of Hope Mills, N.C., Jonathan Floyd of New Orleans, Ricky Floyd of Navasota, Texas, Raul Zamora and John Zamora of Houston, Timothy Floyd of Houston, Joseph Floyd of 29 Palms, Calif., Kevin Floyd of Summit, Gary Floyd of Natchez, Joshua Feltenberger of Crosby and John Halford of Crosby; 14 granddaughters. Victoria Floyd of Conroe, Texas, Jeanette Read Breaux of San Antonio, Leann Read Colson of Ashburn, Va., Sabrina Smith Wagley of Natchez, Teresa Floyd Zion of Gloster, Chani Floyd Egge of Charleston, S.C., Charlotte Floyd of Chesapeake, Courtney Floyd Lorenz of Fredrick, Colo., Rena Floyd Stowe of Kingwood, Texas, April Floyd Brown Brogan of New Caney, Texas, Jennifer Floyd McCormick of Fort Hood, Tammy Floyd Swan of Jackson, La., Kathryn Floyd of Clear Lake, Texas and Abi Halford of Crosby; 68 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; and a number of nephews and nieces.
Pallbearers will be Geoffrey Floyd, Jason Floyd, Joseph Floyd, Kevin Floyd, Gary Floyd and Joshua Feltenberger.
Honorary pallbearers will be William Arnold and Marlin Zion.