Thursday, July 22, 2010


On Sunday morning, July 18, my Papa passed away. He was such a big man, a big presence, that it's hard to believe he's gone. Riley Eugene Floyd, Sr. was born on November 19, 1934. He married the prettiest girl in Georgia, Josephine Gill, in January 1955. They raised 7 children, who blessed them with 19 grandchildren, who in turn have blessed them with 20 great-grandchildren and counting! It's a testimony to how loved this couple is that they have at least 6 namesakes between them, including our little Joseph Riley.

Papa was strong, wise, opinionated, smart, engineering, resourceful, stubborn, always ready with and for a joke, a storyteller, a patriarch, never met a stranger, and never left you in doubt that he loved you.

I think the sign outside their house sums it up best ... "Buddy and Jo Floyd -- The End of the Rainbow".

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