Freddie Oscar Lee Floyd, Jr.
Freddie Oscar Lee Floyd, Jr., a longtime resident of the 8000 block of S.E. Ellis Street, passed away at the age of 87 on January 13, in Springfield, Oregon, at the home of David and Kandace Floyd. He was surrounded by family at the time of his passing. He was born on March 27, 1933, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Along with his wife Margaret and their sons he moved to Oregon in 1963. He resided in Inner Southeast Portland for 57 years.
Before moving to Oregon, Fred and his family lived in Oklahoma and Texas. Fred was a man of many talents, and unafraid of hard work. He worked as an oil rigger, a builder, and he rodeoed around Oklahoma and Texas – sometimes even working as a rodeo clown. After moving to Oregon, Fred was employed by Cooper Construction. He papered and painted many homes and business in the Portland area. He retired from Cooper Construction in 1996.
Fred shared his life with his wife Margaret for more than 65 years. They built a life from scratch, with hard work and a strong faith. A sense of humor and support of each other helped them through the hard times. His family reports that Fred was an enthusiast of Margaret's southern cooking skills: She kept him fed with many of his favorites – fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, Mexican cornbread, and just a delicious pinto beans; ut the food he loved the most was Texas style barbeque. He never met a rib he did not like.
Fred is described as "a man who could fix anything, and enjoyed tinkering in his workshop – resulting in many beautiful finished projects." Self-taught, he enjoyed oil painting, carving pictures, and especially building wooden toys for his grandchildren – wooden construction trucks, pull toys, benches, a playhouse, and beautiful carved canes were some of the items he fashioned for them.
Prior to the current pandemic, Fred was working on hand-carved canes for members of his church parish at St. Peters. His family reports that Fred had a strong Christian faith and believed in sharing; he was always quick to share a few dollars with people in need on the streets. He was always there to help his neighbors and friends with car and house repairs. At the time of his passing Fred was attending St Peter's Catholic Church in his neighborhood.
Fred was preceded in death by his wife of over 65 years, Margaret Estelle Floyd, and his son Freddie Lee. He is survived by his sons Thomas Floyd (Mary Lou) of Seattle, and David (Kandace) Floyd of Springfield, Oregon; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Fred requested that there be no memorial service held for him. His family will plan a gathering in his memory at some future date.