Wilbur Leonidas Floyd

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Wilbur Leonidas Floyd

Birthplace: Horry County, South Carolina, United States
Death: April 29, 1947 (81)
Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, United States
Place of Burial: Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Pvt. Avery Floyd, (CSA) and Penelope Ophelia Floyd
Husband of Belvedera "Belva" Floyd
Father of Mary Montague
Brother of Vincie Jones; Edith Roberta Floyd; Sallie Bright Floyd; Elizabeth "Bessie" James Dubose and Walker Floyd

Occupation: Professor of Agriculture; Dean of Horticulture at University of Florida
Managed by: Jordan Rhea Leonhardt
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About Wilbur Leonidas Floyd


From Find a Grave:

Son of Avery and Penelope Ophelia Williams Floyd, husband of Belvadera Thomas.

CONWAY - Wilbur L. Floyd, Horry native, 81 years old, died yesterday at his home in Gainesville, Fla. Burial will be in Gainesville.

A son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Avery Floyd, of the Floyd section, Mr. Floyd was the first Horry county graduate of the Citadel. After teaching a number of years in the public schools of South Carolina, he taught for a while in a military school in Florida. He then became a professor in the University of Florida, where he served as dean of horticulture until his retirement eight years ago. His wife, the former Miss Belva Thomas, of Gainesville, died a year ago.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. S. R. McDaniel of Gainesville and Mrs. John B. Sutton of Tampa; one brother, Walker Floyd of Dillon; and three sisters, Mrs. Oscar Floyd of Galivants Ferry, Mrs. C. F. DuBose of Conway and Mrs. A. Williamson of Fairbluff, N.C.

Published in the News and Courier, April 1947

GAINESVILLE - Major Wilbur L. Floyd (1866-1947), assistant dean of the University of Florida College of Agriculture for many years before he retired in 1938, died at his home in Gainesville on the evening of April 29.

He was a native of South Carolina, but had lived in Gainesville since 1892, when he first became connected with the East Florida Seminary, professor of the University of Florida. While active with the College of Agriculture he headed the department of horticulture and was known and loved by former students and others throughout Florida.

Published in the Palatka Times-Herald, May 9, 1947

Note: In 1906, the first master of science degree was awarded at UF to botany student Wilbur L. Floyd, who later became dean of the College of Agriculture and a professor of agriculture, biology and physics. Griffin-Floyd Hall is named partly in his honor.

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Wilbur Leonidas Floyd's Timeline

February 6, 1866
Horry County, South Carolina, United States
April 29, 1947
Age 81
Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, United States
Evergreen Cemetery, Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, United States