Floyd Eugene Winfield Sr.
April 23, 1937 – October 26, 2019
Floyd E Winfield, Sr, (aka Froggie or Twin), age 82, lost his battle with cancer on Saturday, October 27, 2019 at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance located near his home in McAllen, Texas. Born on April 23, 1937, in Wharton, Texas to Joseph Clyde & Vera Maye Winfield.
Mr. Winfield is survived by his three sons: Floyd Jr (Linda), Terry (Jenny), and Steve Winfield (Gaby), his first wife, Suzie Winfield, and four grandchildren, Chad, Emma, Bryce, and Mia Winfield. Froggie also leaves behind this brother, Donald Winfield and his sisters, Betty Harrison, Nora Montgomery, Evelyn Vavrecka, and Annette Woodard along with a lengthy list of nephews, nieces, cousins and in-laws. He was predeceased by his wife Sadie Winfield and his brothers, Alfred, Ray and Lloyd (the other twin) Winfield.
Floyd graduated from Missouri City High School in 1955. Floyd was gifted with a mechanical ability and loved to figure out how something worked, and then how to repair it or make it better. Those skills served him well throughout his life in many ways. From working on cars in his youth, to radar systems in the USAF, then to working with the equipment in Hospital Labs, he never came across something he could not repair and probably improve. After graduating high school, he joined the USAF in 1958. While stationed in Florida, Floyd met and married Suzie Markowitz in 1961 and together, they raised three sons. During his enlistment, Floyd served overseas for three years, including one year in the Vietnam Theatre. He retired with the rank of Staff Sergeant after almost 13 years of service to our county. After his Honorable Discharge, he eventually joined EI Dupont de Nemours & Co’s Instrument Products Division. Floyd worked his way through the ranks and eventually led the highly successful, nine-state Southwest Division of the Automatic Clinical Analyzer program and retired from Dupont in 1996. It was while working for Dupont out of Corpus Christie that Floyd met and married Sadie Young.
Retirement was not a word that Floyd really understood. He took it upon himself to fill his time helping his family and anyone else he got to know. His generosity was a huge part of his personality and he displayed it often when helping others. He loved pitching horseshoes, dancing, and darts and always had a joke or six that he was willing to share, whether you wanted to hear it or not! He and Sadie eventually sold their Corpus home and everything in it to purchase an RV so they could travel the country to see the sites and visit family and friends. When you talked to him, the question was never “How are you?” it was always “Where are you?” When you would ask why he was where he was, he would tell you something like “there was traffic in Cincinnati so we turned left.”
He loved his family and always found his way back to Texas in time for the annual Winfield family reunion in Palacios. He loved to MC the family reunions where he made it fun for each of us. Without a doubt, this is one of the many ways that we all remember him, standing on that stage and auctioning off someone’s craft to help raise money for the next reunion. Many of the most sought-after items were pieces of art that he made himself. Everyone lucky enough to have won the bid for one of these pieces proudly displays them still today.
The family will hold a grave side service on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 2:30 PM at the Morton Cemetery at 401 N 2nd St in Richmond, Texas where he will be interred next to Sadie.
- Graveside Service Saturday, November 9, 2019