John Oscar Floyd
August 11, 1895 - Nov. 9, 1986

From Loris Centennial 1887 - 1987 Souvenir Book

On August 11, 1895, at Finklea Stephen Joe and Martha Jane Floyd became the proud parents of a bouncing boy, John Oscar. They had fourteen children altogether, all not deceased, among them Lola Mae, James N., Rozetta, Stephen Dean, Fletcher Leroy, Martin Luther and Martha Jane.

Young John Oscar attended Silent Grove Elementary School and completed high school at the American High School in New York.

At the age of 23 Floyd joined the Silent Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where he remained until his death. He served in many capacities in the Kingston Lake Association from 1919. He served as secretary for 35 years and was a member of the executive board since 1921. He was a trustee of the Olds Ministers Home and a member of the finance committee. He served under six presidents of the Sunday School Convention, the Revs. Oland Chestnut, G.W. Singletary, M.G. Lewis, Herbert Livingston, F.F. Gore and A.B. Nichols.

Affectionately called "Uncle John" by many, he held membership in the Masons, Odd Fellows, Elks, Golden Eagles and Royal Court. The John Floyd Consistory of Conway was named for him. He helped to lay 20 cornerstones for churches and 28 for various lodges. As a Mason he became district deputy and a trustee.

Floyd was a farmer who inherited some land, but worked to add to it. Although he and his wife, Ida Mae, had only one child of their own, they helped fourteen boys and girls through college. At the time of his death on Nov. 9, 1986, he was a trustee of Morris College.

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