J. Lewis Floyd, born June 4, 1934 in Harriman, TN, bravely and boldly bounded from the loving arms of his earthly family into welcoming arms of his heavenly family on November 29, 2010.
Lew was a graduate of East High School in 1953 and Carson Newman College in 1958 where he was co-captain of the football team. He married the love of his life Mary Frances (“Fran”) Gardner in 1958, and they began their international romance by serving the U.S. Army in Germany. In 1961, Lew joined the F.B.I., where he loyally served in Springfield, Illinois; Buffalo, New York; and New York City before finally returning to the Knoxville office in 1974. After retiring from the F.B.I in 1986, Lew worked with TVA, Suntrust Bank, before starting his private investigative firm.
“The Lewster” had three children by birth and three by marriage: Michelle and Andy, Doug and Kelly, and Jeremy and Dorry; six grandchildren Samuel, Benjamin, and Abigail (children to Andy and Michelle Bickers) and Audrey, Rowan, and Sadie (children to Jeremy and Dorry Floyd). However, he assumed the role of father and mentor for many others as a teacher, pastor, and friend. He is survived by his wife Frannie and his sister Frances of Knoxville. He is preceded in death by his parents Herbert and Daisy Mae and sister Mildred and brother Ralph.
Lew faithfully served the Lord as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and youth pastor for most of his life for many churches and most recently as the teacher of his dearest friends of the Faithful Followers class at First Baptist Concord.
The family invites friends and family to join in the celebration of Lew’s life Thursday December 2nd, 2010 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at the chapel at First Baptist Concord with a Celebration service to follow. The internment will be held at 11:00 AM December 3rd, 2010 at Highland Memorial West. He was a lover of life, a warrior, a man of honor, and an ambassador of the faith. Until our heavenly reunion, he will be deeply missed.