James R. Floyd

June 24, 1934June 7, 2012

James Robert Floyd, 77, of Memphis TN., passed away on June 7, 2012. He is preceded in death by his parents James Hanon and Virgie Lee Floyd. Mr. Floyd leaves behind his loving wife of 53 years, Doris Wright Floyd, his daughter, Rhonda Floyd Williams, son-in-law Gary Williams and grandson, Gary L. Williams, all of Memphis TN. “J.R.” graduated from Nicholas Blackwell High School in 1952. He served in the US Army from 1952-1955 (Stationed in Germany), worked for S.C. Toof and Co from 1955-1959, retired with the rank of Captain from the Memphis Police Department (1959-1990). He was a member of Berclair Masonic Lodge #771, Fraternal Order of Police, as well as Tennessee Law Enforcement Association. He attended the FBI Academy in Quantico VA. His passions were camping, riding and repairing motorcycles and making memories with his “Sardis Lake family.” One of his proudest moments in life was seeing his grandson become a policeman 50 years to the day after he became a policeman (11/2/59-11/2/09). Visitation will be held at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens on Saturday, June 9 from 5-8pm with a Masonic Service at 7:30pm. The funeral will be the following day, Sunday, at 2pm.


  • Visitation Saturday, June 9, 2012
  • Fraternal Organization Saturday, June 9, 2012
  • Funeral Service Sunday, June 10, 2012

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Sharon Helms

June 11, 2012

I am so sorry to hear about James. I know he has been sick for a long time. He has gone to a much better place and will not suffer any more. May God be with your family.

Phyllis Colley-Lankford

June 11, 2012

Mrs. Floyd:

You may not remember me but Mr. Floyd received physical therapy at Physiotherapy Associates back in 2006. You were one of the nicest couples I ever met. I think of both of you quite often. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Cheryl Wright-Kerspilo

June 11, 2012

I had the distinct pleasure of being James's niece and having to eat like crazy to get as much, if not more, cantalope than he did when I was little. What a sweetheart he was and what a pleasure it was to sit and listen to him tell his stories. I love him so much and will always think of him with much love in my heart. What a blessing he was to my aunt Doris and to Rhonda. Rest in peace now my sweet sweet uncle

Robert Graue

June 10, 2012

I had the pleasure of working for him on the South A shift years ago. He was one of the best supervisors I ever had. He was a true gentleman. Take comfort in knowing that he is now in a better place.

June 10, 2012

Doris,Rhonda and family, The time you had with James and your memories of him will be one of the many blessings you will thank GOD for daily. Yall are always in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all very much. GOD Bless You.

Jim Nichols

June 10, 2012

He will be missed on this earth, however, we can find confort in knowing that we will see him again in that "House Not Built by Hands" May God confort you as you go through this valley! He was always a very helpful person to us rookie police officers!

Rod & Carol McDaniel

June 10, 2012

Our prayers are with you and we are so sorry we can't be. We love you all very much. Remember "God is your refuge and your strength", look to him for all things now and he will substain you.

Love, Rod & Carol McDaniel

Debbie & Charles Young

June 9, 2012

Rhonda & Gary, God will definitely show you the way to smile again. I know this experience will change you forever. Just remember all the good times you shared with your father and all the love he gave you throughout the years. He is not gone. He will live in your heart forever.

June 9, 2012

Doris, Ronda, Gary L. Williams, I read today of your loss of J.R. and remember back to Nov. 2, 1959 when we were class mates at Armour Station. In the years following we mostly worked in different bureaus of M.P.D. I remember him and his good nature, ready smile or help. Excellent officer and friend. He was one that rose above many in the department and earned his reputation and rank. I miss him and will pray for you (his family) in the coming months. B. J. Wilkinson, MPD retired, & wife, Jan, Holladay, TN.

Judy and Andy, Paul, Andrea Shackelford

June 9, 2012

Years of precious memories from our Sardis Lake....nothing can compare, others cannot understand. Several families from Mississippi and Tennessee met every weekend and throughout the year at "the lake" for three generations and became closer than family. Nothing but good times were had from riding dirt bikes, fishing, swimming, playing rook, the best fish fry's ever and notorious story-telling around the campfires. What a blessing to be a part of so much love we all shared. Celebrated holidays, birthdays, birth's, and life together. All for one and one for all. It was our heaven on earth. Now, this family is growing in heaven...we will all meet again one day. James, you will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Thank you for being such a big part of our family. We love you very much....The Shackelford's