Obituary of Pastor Samuel D. Floyd
Pastor Samuel D. Floyd passed from this life into the presence of his Savior on Oct. 24, 2015.
His memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at Twin Cities Church, 11726 Rough and Ready Hwy. in Grass Valley, on what would have been his 67th birthday.
Sam was born in Bakersfield to Cletus and Gwendolyn Floyd, grew up in meager circumstances, worked his way through Cal Poly, served in the United States Army, worked as a peace officer for the State of California, and was principal of Stockton Christian Schools.
He and his wife, Kathie, came to Grass Valley 34 years ago, founding Abundant Life Community Church, Alta Street in Grass Valley (from which he retired Nov. 31, 2014).
They had three children, Timothy, Kimberly and David. The family grew when each of their children married, Rebecca, Markus and Gina. Now, there are 10 grandchildren missing their Papa.
The facts of Sam’s life are less important though, than the things that will be remembered about him. His church family will remember his delightful spontaneity, the twinkle in his eye when he said something outrageous from the pulpit.
They will remember his passion for Jesus Christ and unwavering belief that those caught in sin are saved only by the grace of God, through the finished work of Jesus’ death on the cross.
They will remember how he loved them and the thousands of Jelly Bellies he gave out to their children to show his love for even the youngest in the congregation.
His friends will remember his competitive spirit that made him a “scary” proposition on the football or softball fields.
They will remember his loyalty and the love he displayed openly in hugs and calls and time spent together. They also might remember his forthright communication and direct reminders of the right path.
His family will never stop missing the man who kept them all focused on the important things in life, his belly laugh, his teasing, his prayers, his hugs, his calls, his listening ear, his funny run.
They will never forget his tenacity, even in the face of great physical difficulty. They will not, however, miss his love — for the love he gave us all came from the heart of God, and it goes on.
He is survived by his wife, Kathie; children, Timothy (Rebecca) Floyd, Kimberly (Markus) Moore, and David (Gina) Floyd; grandchildren; sisters, Linda Floyd, Sandra Fikes, Rebecca Birch and Danny Brown; brothers, Joe, Paul, and Terry; and his great extended family, his church family and many friends.
He is predeceased by his brothers, Dempsey, David and Steve.
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