Elmer Floyd, born on October 16, 1933 of Hazen, Arkansas passed away peacefully in his home on May 25, 2020. He enjoyed his last days and lived life to its fullest until he took his last breath on this earth.
Elmer was proceeded in death by his father and mother, Odes and Iva Floyd, his infant brother Oris, his infant sister Edith, his first-born infant child, Sheila, his son, Donnie (Karen) Wiggins and his wife, Frankie Floyd. He is survived by his daughters, Ramona (Richard) Kell of Sandwich, IL, Kelly (Scott) LaVoie of Sandwich, IL, Rebecca (Dennis) Johnson of Des Arc, AR, Vivian Lynette (Michael) Bocage of Elgin, IL and his sons, Randall (Susan) Wiggins of Fayetteville, AR, Rick Wiggins of Hazen, AR and Marty (Rhonda) Griffith of Hazen, AR. From his 8 children, he was blessed with 17 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
He was deeply loved and is survived by his 6 siblings, Faye Galloway of Aurora, IL, Flossie Neighbors of Stuttgart, AR, Betty (James) Tipton of Stuttgart, AR, Shirley (Kenneth) Carnell of Sikeston, MO, Shirrel (Linda) Floyd of Kennett, MO, and his baby sister and partner in crime, Lavada Ingle of Hazen, AR. He had 15 loving nieces and nephews.
Born in a farming community and into a farming family, hard work and good ethics defined Elmer’s character. After working on the family farm with his Grandfather and Father, he left and spent 2 years, mostly in Karlsruhe Germany, proudly serving the United States Army from 1954-1956 until he was honorably discharged.
In 1957 he married Ann Fort and had 3 daughters. In 1969, he married twice widowed Frankie (Neil) (Wiggins) Griffith. Her 4 sons became his and together they had a daughter.
While working hard to care for and raise his family, Elmer worked in the lumber and agricultural industries.
Elmer’s love of God, his church and his family filled his days and his heart. He had a true passion and drive to ensure the cemetery at his church was tended to properly and spent countless hours volunteering his time and services there. He was often spotted helping others, lending a hand at a church social or putting away the chairs after a communal celebration there. Many described Elmer as “one in a million” and “the kindest soul on earth”. He found great joy in the laughter of children and in being of service to others.
Visitation will be held at Westbrook Funeral Home on Thursday May 28th from 9am to 4pm. A restricted number of guests will be allowed in at one time.
There will be a celebration of life for Elmer in the outdoor pavilion at Center Point Baptist Church in Hazen, AR on Friday May 29th at 1pm. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing will be practiced, and it is requested that all guests wear masks to protect the elders and those with compromised immune systems so that everyone is able to pay their respect safely. Immediate family members are encouraged to sit together but provide a 6-foot distance to others.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that monetary donations be made in Elmer’s memory to Center Point Cemetery Association, Attention Gail Wallace, 2826 HWY 249 N, Hazen AR 72064.