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James “JT” Thomas Floyd, Sr.

Simpsonville, South Carolina

James “JT” Thomas Floyd, Sr. age 87, of Simpsonville SC, followed God’s angels to Heaven that were sent for him on October 19th, 2023.

James was the son of the late Willie James Floyd and Clairrender Ferguson Floyd, born on November 16, 1935, in Laurens, SC. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, and friend.

Educated in the public schools of Laurens County, James graduated from Sanders High School in 1957. He was affectionately known as “Boot” since his early years. James was a phenomenal athlete, excelling in multiple sports, including football, basketball, and track. As a student-athlete, he received many accolades, including Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics awards. As a graduating senior, he was tied for top honors and was one of three graduation ceremony speakers. He received the Alpha oratorical scholarship and a full athletic scholarship to play football at Allen University in Columbia, SC.

While attending Allen University on a football scholarship, James also played basketball and baseball, and was an honor student. As an undergraduate student, he joined Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated and became the president of that chapter. James graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Allen and returned to Sanders High School to coach football, basketball, and baseball, and he also taught Chemistry. James later completed a two-year tenure in the United States Army, and then attended Tuskegee University and obtained a master’s degree in chemistry. He continued his coaching and teaching career at Beck High School, in which his greatest pride was to put at least one student in a four-year college each year of coaching and never having a losing season.

James left teaching to pursue a career in chemical engineering and research and development. He worked with Union Carbide and later W.R. Grace Corporations (Cryovac). James was also the primary owner of F&M Development Inc. and James T. Floyd Construction.

James served the community through various organizations and held several civic leadership roles including the Management Advisory Committee for Greenville Technical College, Housing Foundation Board of Directors, Furman University Paladin Club Board of Directors, Boy Scouts of America District Director, Key Legislative, and his Blue and White family, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Throughout his lifetime, he also participated in civil rights activism, and participated in the memorable “MARCH FROM SELMA TO MONTGOMERY” with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in 1965.

James advanced through the ranks of Phi Beta Sigma Inc. He was acknowledged for his genius and ability by being the elected office of Southeastern Regional Director and as the 25th International President.

James received numerous awards and special recognition: Ebony Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Blacks in America, Minority Bigger and Business Award, Outstanding Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans, Piedmont Athletic Association Hall of Fame, Arkansas Traveler (awarded by Governor Bill Clinton), Palmetto Gentleman (awarded by Governor Carole Campbell), Special Black Media Award, Who’s Who in the South and Southeast, and others.

James was a long-time faithful member of Springfield Baptist Church, Greenville SC. He served as a Trustee and Chairman of the Budget Committee for over 15 years.

Those who will love, miss, and cherish him forever are his loving wife Dr. Barbara Floyd, of the home; children: James (Belinda) Floyd Jr., Norman (Marsha) Floyd of, Kimberly Floyd, Javonda Floyd Jones and Dr. Brittanie Floyd, eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; his siblings, Dr. Jeremiah (Clara) Floyd of Bethesda, MD, Joseph (Mildred) Floyd of Greenville, SC, Johnnie Floyd of Laurens, SC, and Dr. Michael (Monica) Floyd of Townsend, TN; his mother-in-law Willie Mae Brown, his sister-in-law Dr. Grace (David) Burns of Greenville, SC, and many other close relatives and friends.

The service for Mr. James Y. Floyd, Sr. was held on October 28, 2023 at Springfield Baptist Church in Greenville, SC His final resting place is in the Duncan Creek Baptist Church Cemetery- Laurens, SC


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