Derek W. FloydJuly 12, 1954 ~ October 6, 2017 (age 63)
Derek Warren Floyd was born on July 12, 1954 to Lola Guice and Horace Scourten. He attended Isely Elementary, Coleman Middle School and West High School where he excelled in basketball earning scholarships to Neosha Community College, Tennessee Temple and Lake Superior. He earned an AA degree in Sociology.
Derek attended New Hope Baptist Church where he accepted Jesus Christ as his savior at a very early age. He was a very industrious young man. As a teenager he managed Vickers Gas Station while at the same time having a newspaper route. He was very, very proud of his first car, a black 1963 Chevy. After attending college, Derek worked for Star Lumber and Supply Company and then Prudential Insurance Company of America where he earned many awards and accolades. He returned to Star Lumber and Supply Co. where he was often the top flooring salesman. He also worked for Lakeside Academy helping adjudicated young men.
Derek served as President of Agape Living Center, Inc. (ALC) which was founded by his mother, the late Lola Guice Floyd. In 1999, at one of the yearly ALC banquets, Derek met and was smitten by a member of the gospel group Light and became their #1 fan and encourager. On July 12, 2003, he married the love of his life, Janell Fitchpatrick. He began attending Tabernacle Baptist Church, united and was baptized under the leadership of Pastor Lincoln E. Montgomery.
Derek loved to hear the word of God preached and gospel music and always kept them playing in all of his cars. Derek also loved to encourage youth and the young men at Tabernacle by participating in the young men’s workshops, one on one, and at any sports event he attended. Derek was selfless with his time and resources in the lives of his great nephews. Derek also assisted in some of the decisions made in the replacement of flooring at TBC. He regularly gave advice to friends and family regarding flooring products which was always appreciated.
Derek loved to watch local and world news and sports. He was such an avid sports fan of basketball, football, baseball, tennis, golf, and soccer that he required two or more TVs on at one time.
Derek loved his family and friends and always could be counted on to have ‘many’ words of encouragement and offer resources to help anyone in need. Derek will be remembered as “a gentle giant” because of his six foot five frame and his lifelong commitment to caring for others.
Derek leaves to cherish his memory: loving and devoted wife of 14 years, Janell, sister, Deborah J. Pope, brother, Terrance C (Jacqueline) Floyd, brothers, Phil (Connie) Scourten, Darrell, Gilbert, Michael, and Eric Scourten, all of Texas, uncle, Franklin (Cora) Guice of Fontana, CA, special cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of other loving relatives and friends.