Jackson M. Floyd, 90, of Longmeadow Dr., Rome, died Sunday evening at a local hospital.
Mr. Floyd was born November 25, 1918 in Liberty County, GA, son of the late Charles Lamar Floyd and Essie Ola Smith Floyd. He grew up in Liberty County and lived in Savannah, Jacksonville, and Atlanta before moving to Rome, where he worked for American District Telegraph, retiring after 38 years. Mr. Floyd was a devoted member of Garden lakes Baptist Church and a member of the Noble Finley Sunday School Class.
He was an avid fisherman, and one of his favorite places to fish was in his grandson's lake.
He was a father who gave all for his country and his family without question or complaint, with love.
Mr. Floyd served in the United States Army, 82nd Airborne, 508th Paratroop Infantry Regiment. He served in the European Theater and landed behind enemy lines on Normandy Beach the evening before the Normandy invasion. He made three major jumps in Germany and was sent in to help recapture wounded men.
Survivors include two sons, Rob Floyd of Rome and Jon Floyd and his wife, Myrna of Eatonton; a daughter, Patricia Floyd Schell and her husband, Douglas, of King, NC; a brother Carol Floyd and wife Marion of Savannah; a sister Betty Floyd Stone and her husband, Don of Jacksonville, FL; step-children, James M. Dodd and wife Judy of Kennesaw, Christine Puckett and husband Bob of Rome, Barbara D. Broome and husband Paul of Forest Hill, MD, and Mark Noel Dodd of Atlanta; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Josephine Hall Floyd and his second wife, Dorothy Camp Floyd; a son, Alan Gregory Floyd who was killed in Vietnam in 1969; five brothers, Everett Floyd, Thomas Floyd, Charles Floyd, Jack Floyd and Harris Floyd; and four sisters, Margaret Wallace, Lucille Moore, Lorene Scarboro, and Lois Bacon.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 11 AM at Garden Lakes Baptist Church, Rome, with Rev. Dan Whittaker, Dr. Clarence Drummond, Dr. Floyd Roebuck, and Jon Floyd officiating. Interment will take place at 4 PM Saturday in Fairview Memorial Gardens in Stockbridge, GA. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 until 8 PM at Daniel's Funeral Home. The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers, Rob Floyd, Tyler Floyd, Dr. Rob Puckett, Dr. Ben Puckett, Jonathan Dodd, and David Broome. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.