Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home
Friday, June 18, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Venture Church, 4142 Lincoln Road, Hattiesburg, MS.
Friday, June 18, 2021 at 4:00 PM. at Venture Church, 4142 Lincoln Road, Hattiesburg, MS.
Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero have been released from duty, passed from our ranks on June 15, 2021, and moved on to his heavenly home. MAJ(Ret) Stephen (Steve) L. Floyd, age 61, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard/USAR who had served within the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center and was a Hattiesburg realtor has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.
It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.
Rest in Peace Soldier. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.
You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.
Obituary, visitation, and services —–
Hattiesburg, MS – Steven Lavelle Floyd, age 61, passed away at his home in Hattiesburg, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. He was born in Meridian, Mississippi to Robert Lavelle Floyd and Anita Louise Roberts Floyd.
Steve graduated from Hattiesburg High in 1978, where he was quarterback of the football team, and was awarded the D.I. Patrick Leadership Award. He was a member of the Army Reserve and National Guard for 25 years, attaining the rank of Major. Steve attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he served in Campus Crusade for Christ and was vice president of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. He graduated with a construction engineering degree in 1982 and endowed a scholarship in the program. Steve’s time at Southern Miss was instrumental in shaping his life. While his education propelled his career and his fraternity brothers are still among his lifelong friends, the most important connection he made in college was with the love of his life, Toni Tadlock. They were married after graduation and proceeded to build successful careers and a beautiful close-knit family who loved nothing more than to spend time together.
Steve’s career brought the family to several different cities until they finally returned to Hattiesburg in 1994. He started at Specialty Contractors Inc. in Gulfport, before relocating to Monroe, LA in 1985, where he was a project manager for Breck Construction. Their next move was to Charlotte, NC in 1988 where he was Vice President of Jordan Brothers Construction Company. In 1991, Steve began his commercial real estate career with Hill Partners Inc. in Charlotte, where he redeveloped malls in New Orleans, Kansas City, and ultimately the Cloverleaf Mall in Hattiesburg. In 1997, he started Steve Floyd Properties in Hattiesburg, where he established a reputation for integrity and dedication to the buyers, sellers, tenants, and owners he represented.
Music has always been a big part of Steve’s life. He was admired for his many talents, including singing Jimmy Buffett, playing his guitar for gatherings large and small, and Elvis impersonating. Steve and Toni loved hosting parties and impromptu gatherings of friends and family, where delicious food, singing and storytelling were always featured. One of his favorite places to be was on the water in his boat, whether in Canebrake Lake or the Gulf Coast. The family spent many happy days at the beach and on the lake, memories that will be forever cherished.
Steve Floyd was a DIY master. He always had a project – construction, remodeling, landscaping, or basic honey-do’s – he could do it all. His passion for sports remained constant throughout the years. As a Southern Miss alum, he loved tailgating and attending Golden Eagle football and baseball games, proudly wearing the black and gold. On other days, you might have seen him at a Mississippi State football game, dressed in maroon and white, the Dawgs’ number one fan.
Of all his passions, his family was first. He attended every dance and cheer competition, parent teams, little league games, and everything in between. He would drive an RV full of children to any big event. He showed his love primarily through his acts of service and his presence. He was humble and patient, especially when it came to his children. He would never miss a moving day for any of his family members. His wife never had to cook a breakfast or warm her car before driving to work because Steve always had it covered. His loving support, his steadfast love, his loyalty and his dedication to his family made him a wonderful husband, father and person. His brilliant smile was his trademark, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Not–“How did he die?” But–“How did he live?”
Not–“What did he gain?” But–“What did he give?”
These are the units to measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Toni; sons, Forrest (Alex), Chase (Madison); daughter, Ali; granddaughter, Fallon; mother, Anita; and sister, Beverly Pitts Cavin.
The visitation will be held on Friday, June 18, 2021 at 2:00 PM followed by the funeral service at 4:00 PM. Both will be held at Venture Church, 4142 Lincoln Road, Hattiesburg, MS.
Donations in Steve’s memory can be made to Venture Church.