Mr. Robert O. Floyd


Mr. Robert Oneal Floyd was born on July 15, 1937 to the late Lem and Mildred Floyd in Pageton, West Virginia. During his late childhood, Oneal, as he was affectionately known by family, was relocated to Stuart, Virginia where he was raised by his aunt and uncle, Sherman and Hattie Hagwood. Robert graduated from Patrick Central High School of Stuart Virginia. Robert was an astute and excellent student who valued education and instilled this into his children. Robert loved to read and routinely used reading as his nighttime ritual before going to bed, prior to a decrease in eyesight later in life. Robert had a strong belief and routinely engaged in prayer throughout his life, not consuming a meal or even a snack without bowing his head in prayer.

After high school, Robert met and married the love of his life, Virginia Carlene Hylton on December 20, 1958 in Martinsville, Virginia. This union was shy of them celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary this year. Born to this union were three daughters, Wanda Michelle, Kathy Laverne and Tammy Lynn. Robert and Virginia relocated to Columbus, Ohio in the summer of 1970.

During his life, Robert, also known as Bob to co-workers, dedicated many years working at Western Electric and Rhodeway, prior to his employment at Anheuser Busch, where he remained for many years until his retirement in 1999. It was during these years that the friendships he developed introduced him to the sport of bowling. Robert joined a bowling league where he perfected his skill and traveled many states competing in and sometimes, winning tournaments. Robert was proud to have bowled perfect 300-point games on several occasions. Robert was known by family and friends for his story telling and zinger phrases, often bringing laughter to those he knew.

Robert was a proud man who loved his family and who often had to be dissuaded from boasting about his family and their accomplishments. Robert enjoyed music and had a beautiful voice and often would sing around the house, prior to his health decline.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents Lem and Mildred Floyd, his first born, Wanda Michelle Floyd, his sisters, Lona Alease Lilly, Lucille Vaughn and Clemmie E. Floyd. Robert is survived by, and left to mourn his memory, his loving wife of nearly 65 years, Virginia Carlene, daughters, Kathy Floyd (Woodrow) Ross, Tammy Floyd (Stephen) White, his brother, Richard Lee Taylor Floyd, Sr., three grandchildren, Lauryn White, Jordyn Ross and Camren White, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation 9:00 AM and Funeral Service 10:00 AM Friday, December 1, 2023 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd.). Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Floyd Family, visit

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  1. Lauranita Katende

    I always looked forward to spending time with my Uncle Oneal and Aunt Carlene when I visited Columbus. Enjoyed our conversations about life in general. He was wise, thoughtful and generous. Always treated me with kindness and love. My dad, Lawrence Moore, preceded him in becoming an ancestor by five months. They enjoyed a close relationship stemming back to childhood in Virginia and West Virginia. They are now joined together in heaven. Carlene, may you find strength and comfort in in fond memories and all the love that you shared with your life’s partner. My deepest condolences to you Tammy, Cathy and your entire family!
    Peace and love,
    Lauranita Katende

  2. Tammy so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  3. Sending our prayers to your family from all of the Buckeye Swim family.

  4. I extend my deepest sympathy to Carleen and all of the Floyd family. Having fond memories that you will always remember, O’neal will always be with you! May God Bless and Comfort You All!

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