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John Floyd

John R. Floyd, Jr. WAXHAW - On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, John Roquemore Floyd Jr., 74, passed into another life. He died peacefully at his home in Waxhaw, NC with his family by his side. The oldest sibling of five, "Dr. Floyd" to his students, and "Rocky" to his beloved family and friends, was born in Oxford, GA on August 6, 1939. John's patriotism led him into the Citadel for a year, and then to join the regular Army during the Vietnam War where he served as a Communication Specialist. An Alumnus of North Carolina State University where he earned his PhD, John devoted his life to education. He retired as an Area Director with the University of Maryland European Division where he was an early pioneer of distance education. In 1996 when the internet was in its infancy, John successfully reached out across Europe and Asia to military personnel seeking higher education; this program still flourishes today among our troops and their families around the world. John is survived by his step-father Jerry Meyers, three children Andrew McCoy and wife Kristi, Jennifer Floyd and husband Joey, and Jack Floyd and wife Nikki, his three siblings, Sandra Harvey and husband Shields, Margie Downing and husband Jerry, Larry Floyd and wife Diane "Nurse DD", his nine grandchildren, Alexandra, Ashleigh, Shelby, Gracie, Sophie, William, Grace, Landrie, and Savanna, and his canine companion Romeo. He was preceded in death by his father John R. Floyd Sr., mother Martha Ray Meyers, and his "soul sister" Tina Patton. A visitation with family and friends will take place on Saturday, November 16, 2013, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel, 3700 Forest Lawn Drive, Matthews. John will be missed by his family and by the many friends and colleagues he made around the world in his joyful years of educating and world travel. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Hospice of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe. Arrangements are under the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel. An online guestbook is available at www.heritagecares.net.


Published in Charlotte Observer on Nov. 15, 2013
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