Deacon James Ricardo Floyd Sr (Binky), 85, Fayetteville, NC, formerly of Monessen, PA departed this life to live eternally with his Heavenly Father on October 22, 2018. He was born on February 07, 1933, son of the late Wilbur Floyd and Lucy Mobley and was a Lifelong resident of Monessen, PA.
He was a 1952 graduate of Monessen High School. Afterwards, he entered the Military to serve his country in the United States Air Force where he proudly served as an Airman during the Korean War Conflict. Today, James is recognized as a distinguished Military (Disabled) Veteran. James Floyd Sr is honored as one of the few distinguished home town Veterans where his name is forever displayed at the Veterans Memorial (City Park), Monessen Pennsylvania.
James R. Floyd Sr. also dedicated over 60 years of service to the Church, the Schools and the Community, following his Military Service. He was recognized on multiple occasions for his Outstanding Achievements and Community Service Contributions. He is a Member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Monessen, PA where he served as Chairman of the Deacon Board, a former member of Calvary Gospel Chorus and former member of Highland Baptist Church, Connellsville, PA where he served also as Deacon, he was a former member of Mon Yough #79 F & AM Lodge of Monessen, PA. Binky retired as Maintenance Supervisor for the City of Monessen School District. In addition, he is a current member of the Visual Impairment Services Team of Fayetteville, NC and current Lead Spokesman for the Vision Resource Center of Fayetteville, NC. Some of his Achievements and Contributions are listed, but are not limited to the following:
· Korean War Veteran
· Lead Advocate for building the New Monessen High School
· Had the Maintenance Building specially built at the Monessen High School Football Stadium to improve School Equipment Security and eliminated equipment vandalism
· Served as the First African American Maintenance Supervisor for the City of Monessen School District
· Dramatically improved the Safety Program at Monessen High School by recommending redirecting the entire Traffic Patterns for Buses, Staff & Parents and established a “Safety-Zone” for loading and unloading the Buses
· Personally, led the Kitchen Remodeling project in the Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Monessen, PA which improved the effectiveness of the Church Hospitality Program
· Located and led the Building Remodeling Project as Chairman for the establishment of the Mon Yough #79 F & AM Lodge of Monessen, PA
· Received Multiple Community Service Awards from the City, Community and School District
· Selected to be Primary Voice to Advocate for the Vision Resource Center of Fayetteville, North Carolina to improve Rights of the Blind Population
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-eight years, Lorraine Floyd; one daughter, Surena Floyd; a sister, Melissa Hill; three brothers, Wilbur Floyd, George Floyd, and Reverend Robert Floyd.
Left to treasure his memories are two daughters, Rosena (Christopher) Mitchell, Fayetteville, NC; and Janet De La Cruz, New Jersey; one son James R. Floyd, Jr, Monessen, PA; one brother, Reverend Thomas H (Willie Mae) Floyd, Monessen; one sister, Deacon Mary Fullwood, Silver Spring, MD; grandchildren, Kristy, Randolph, Jacob, Rebecca, Jose and wife, Fernando, Quinte, James Michael, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Friends will be received on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 230 Reed Avenue, Monessen, PA 15062 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 from 10:00 until 11:00 at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 230 Reed Avenue, Monessen, PA 15062 where funeral services will begin at 11:00 am with Bishop Karl Jackson officiating. Interment will follow at Mon Valley Memorial Park Cemetery.