Thomas Leo Floyd, 83, formerly of Loris, S.C. died peacefully Feb. 20, 2013, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter after a brief illness. He was born Nov. 18, 1929, in Loris, S.C., the oldest of 12 children of Sam Fulton Floyd and Edna Mae Floyd. He grew up quickly working very hard at home and in the tobacco fields, but he went on from there to live a very full, varied, and humble life.

He served as a dedicated infantryman in the Korean War beginning in 1951, receiving two bronze stars. This experience distinctly touched and shaped his future. Later he and his friend Marvin Ashe settled in Flint, Mich. There he worked 33 years with General Motors. Leo considered Marvin to be the closest of friends as he did Marvin Jr. Upon retirement he returned to Loris. Several years later a severe illness brought him to Wilmington where he has lived for the past 6 years in the home and loving care of his younger sister Wanda Norman.

Leo was an unusual and independent man -- one of few words in his later years, with a presence you could feel. As if beneath a veneer of silence lay a treasure of information, wisdom, and humor you just wanted to touch and experience. His humor was often expressed spontaneously in rhymes and jingles. Leo spent much of his time during these last few years with friends he had met at the American Legion Post 10. He loved the music of his youth which he listened to there as he enjoyed the presence of others. All have expressed how deeply they will miss him. Again not for what he said, but for what his presence gave to them, a unique gift not all have.

Leo was preceded in death by brothers Norman and Joe Floyd and niece Rebecca Floyd Mooney.

He is survived by brothers Wilbur, Mike, Harless, and Ralph Floyd of Loris, SC; sisters Geraldine Suggs of Loris, SC, Shelby Bond of Lexington, SC; Darthy Kitchell of Tehachapi, CA, Wanda Norman of Wilmington, NC, and Freda Jones of Camden, SC; sisters- in-law Martha Tyler of Loris, SC, wife of Joe; Francis Floyd of Nashville, TN, wife of Norman; and many loving nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to his attorney and friend, John J. Peck, his physician Andre Leonard and to the staff of Lower Cape Fear Hospice for providing a place of peace, comfort and dignity which he so deserved.

In notes found among his things near death, Leo wrote he would like donations made to "needy children." Therefore it is suggested gifts be made to the Yahweh Center or Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter in his memory.

A service of remembrance will be held at the American Legion, 702 Pine Grove Drive at 1:00 PM Saturday, February 23, 2013.

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2013