William Berl Floyd, 81, passed away Wednesday, November 10, 2021 in his home, surrounded by family & friends, following a long bout with Dementia; Born on September 12, 1940, near Buffalo, MO, to William Thurman and Myrtle (Bolin) Floyd, he was involved in farming with his family. His early involvement with his family in church brought him to accept Jesus Christ as his Savior at a young age.
After graduating from Central High School in Springfield, Berl was drafted into the Army. He spent most of his enlistment at Fort Riley, Kansas, where he calculated the trajectory of the Howitzer.
Berl married Patti Horton on June 3, 1966 at Riverdale Baptist Church. Within a year they moved to Nixa to build a house, a beautiful family and life. He was steadfast in his faith and was always studying and practicing that faith to apply it to his daily life and interactions.
Berl was a well respected and beloved leader in manufacturing and screen printing businesses in Southwest Missouri, starting at Calvert’s Manufacturing in Springfield. He then managed several locations around the Ozarks for Hagle Industries. Then he and a partner started Third Street Sportswear in Ozark. After several years there, he thought he would try out retirement. He took up sailing and absolutely loved it. But the screen printing business called again. He went to work in Nixa for Greystone Graphics where he stayed for several years until he decided to retire again. He eventually had done all the yard work, house-keeping and ‘resting his eyes’ he could stand and took a part-time job as a courtesy driver for Thompson’s GMC Cadillac. It was during that time he started noticing the forgetfulness and confusion. Less than a year later, he was diagnosed with early onset dementia. We watched this horrible disease slowly take away his energy and memory.
You could always find Berl watching, sometimes through his eyelids, NASCAR, MSU basketball, Stl. Cardinal baseball or KC Chiefs football. He always looked forward to the ‘boys trips’ to baseball games and Nascar races. He spent many an evening at Sherm Lollar/Sunshine Lanes bowling league with his friends.
Berl is survived by wife, Patti, son, Jeff and wife, Missy Floyd, of Nixa, MO and daughter, Stephanie and husband, John Hassell, of Weeping Water, Nebraska, grandchildren, Shay and wife Lauren Hassell ,Thorne Hassell, Zeke, Ashley and wife Frankie, Garrett, and Delainey Floyd, and Great Grandchildren, Teghan Breiner and Dean Floyd. He is also survived by sisters, Shirley Stewart, Kay Meeker, and Janice Floyd and sisters in law, Chris Floyd and Dana Floyd.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Glenda Mae, Linda Fae and Joyce Harriman, brothers, Donald Lee and Earl Wayne, brothers in law Maynard Stewart and Chesley ‘Buzz’ Harriman.
Visitation will be from 2:00 - 4:00 PM Sunday, November 14, in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. A Funeral Service will be 9:00 AM Monday, November 15, in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Burial with full military honors will be 10:00 AM Tuesday in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Honor Flight of the Ozarks.