Trustee Nathaniel Thomas Floyd Sr., son of the late John William and Elsie Morris Floyd of Painter, Virginia was born February 3, 1940 in Bellehaven, Virginia. He was educated at Mount Zion Elementary School in Painter, Virginia and attended Accomac High School in Accomac, Virginia.
At the age of 16, he married the late Emma Laura Beach-Floyd and to this union they had five children: Gloria Cartwright (Kenneth), Eunice Floyd (deceased), Evetta Blount-Jackson, Deborah Harris (Curtis), and Nathaniel Thomas Floyd, Jr. (Veronica).
Nathaniel later moved his family to Felton, Delaware, where he was a prominent businessman—with only an 8th grade education. He established and managed his own business, Floyd Trucking Company, and owned various real estate properties. He was a “jack of all trades.” In addition, he worked at General Foods (Kraft) for twenty-nine years without missing a day of work. He retired in 1997.
After attending a few services at the Emmanuel Pentecostal Church of God, Camden, DE, he gave his life to Christ in 1972/1973. He remained a faithful member of the church until his health began to fail. Even then, he still pressed his way. He was the main bus driver for Emmanuel and served as a Trustee. He was devoted to his work in the ministry.
In December of 1973, he married Anee Sams. To this union he had two children, Lorraine Floyd and Karen Floyd (Carl). He raised three stepchildren, Michael Sams (Sheilah), Stacy Sams, and Phillip Raines (Freda) (a total of ten children). He was an excellent father and a man of few words. When one would ask him, “Pop, what’s up?” His reply would simply be, “You tell me”. Another saying of his, regardless of how he was feeling, even in his illness: “Pop, how are you feeling?“ He would reply, “fine”. When someone wronged him, his reply would be “I leave it in the hands of the Lord”. If you got on his nerves, he would walk away and say, “Hahht!” He was a man of integrity and style. One wouldn’t be able to tell during the week, but as soon as the weekend came, he was always SHARP!
Nathaniel loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. When one would go to visit him and get ready to leave, he would find something to give his guests, whether it was a pen, snacks, or a little gadget he ordered online. Pop was amazing.
When Pop’s health began to fail, his daughter, Evetta, put her life on hold and relocated to Delaware from Virginia to take care of him. She did an amazing job taking care of Pop along with help from the family and cousin/daughters - Laverne Cubbage and Lynn Williams. We, his loved ones, made a promise to him that he would never be placed in a nursing home and, thank God, we were able to fulfill that promise.
Nathaniel was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He leaves to cherish his memory five daughters, one son, three stepsons, twenty grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, two brothers - Solomon Floyd (Martha) of Baltimore, MD and Richard Collins (Virginia) of Painter, VA, two sisters-in-law - Louise Floyd and Mae Floyd, a dear friend/brother, Michael Wilkins, a church pew friend, Sister Ruby Jones-bey, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Nathaniel was preceded in death by his parents John and Elsie Morris Floyd, a daughter Eunice Floyd, two brothers - John Floyd, Samuel Floyd, and two sisters - Rhina Johnson and Viola Brown.
A funeral service will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Emmanuel Pentecostal Church of God, 145 Center Street, Camden, DE 19934 where there will be a viewing from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. Saturday. Burial will follow in Barratt's Chapel Cemetery, Frederica. Online condolences may be made via www.pippinfuneralhome.com.
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