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Lessie Mae Floyd

February 11, 1933 November 25, 2018
Lessie Mae Floyd
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Lessie Mae Floyd Obituary

Lessie Mae Floyd passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 25, 2018, at the age of 85. Born in Centre, Alabama to parents Jewell Mae Langston and Delbert Dayton Keener, Lessie was the middle child of two brothers. She spent her childhood helping the family work their fields of cotton, corn, peanuts, and sorghum, picking cotton by hand to deliver to the local gin.
“We had a good time as children,” she once said. “We didn’t have much, didn’t get a bunch of toys. We made our own toys, but we had a real good life.”
After her mother’s untimely death at the age of 39, 13-year-old Lessie took on the role of raising her six-year-old brother, as well as helping to cook and care for her father and older brother. In her late teens, the family gave up farming and moved into town, where Lessie worked in her father’s restaurant as well as in his TV repair shop. Lessie also recalled once that her father owned a recording device and would print records for local bluegrass and country musicians.
“They came to our house to pick and sing, and I had to hold their feet because if they tapped their feet, it would pick up on the record,” she once said.
In her later teens, she met Charles Leroy Floyd while he was home on weekend leave from the Army. The couple soon married on December 3, 1950, in Ringgold, Georgia, and moved to Fort Benning for a few years, where their daughter Linda was born “to the bugle call,” Lessie once said. The Floyds later moved to Smyrna, where their son Charles was born.
Though she never found her singing voice, Lessie soon found her place in the Smyrna square dancing community, where she made lifelong friends and became known for the dresses she designed and sewed for herself and her friends. Lessie was also an expert southern cook–her fried chicken and skillet green beans being among her most famous dishes.
“I loved her cooking so much that a few years ago I decided to record her recipes on paper,” says granddaughter Christa. “But it was incredibly difficult because everything was a pinch of this and a pinch of that, a particular cast iron skillet, a taste to see what needed to be added. The magic was in her hands and heart, and I will never be able to truly replicate it.”
Though she worked hard as a child in her family’s fields, she remembered it fondly, and that experience fostered a love of being outdoors. Lessie was often found in her yard, which thrived under her nurturing touch. She knew the secrets of starting plants from mere cuttings, tucking in tender plants from the cold, and how and when each plant needed care, and she passed that knowledge on.
“She taught me it was okay to love the feeling of sun-warmed earth between my toes and around my fingers,” says granddaughter Amie. “But even better than plants, she was good at knowing what people needed to grow and thrive. She helped the people around her to be better and thrive, no matter how rocky the soil or rare the rain.”
Lessie enjoyed camping with her daughter and grandchildren on Cumberland Island–where she would fish, crab, and dig for clams–and sailing with the family in the British Virgin Islands.
“She loved anything that had to do with the ocean,” says Linda, recalling one particularly memorable trip when they watched in awe as sea turtles laid and buried their eggs on the beach one night on Cumberland.
Exploring the wilder, undeveloped beaches with her grandchildren in tow brought Lessie immense joy. She delighted in teaching them what she knew about gardening, cooking, and the lessons learned from her life. It was poetic justice, then, that she found herself surrounded by her family in her final days. With all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren congregated around her, “Memaw’s” joy and love of her family showed in her contented smile. Lessie is preceded in death by her husband Charles. Surviving are her daughter Linda Floyd Boozer, and son Charles Leroy Floyd, as well as three grandchildren: Adam Lawton Boozer, Christa Kreeger Bowden, and Amie Lauren Boozer; and five great-grandchildren: Annabelle Grace Boozer, Zachary Kreeger Bowden, Megan Elizabeth Mastin, August Lawton Boozer, and Asher Elias Bowden.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to the Georgia Conservancy, in support of their coastal work, including conservation of Cumberland Island National Seashore. Please donate your memorial gift online at
or by phone: Georgia Conservancy 404-876-2900. Please specify that it is a memorial gift in memory of Lessie Mae Floyd.

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Kennesaw Memorial Park Final Resting Place

1306 Whitlock Ave
Marietta, Georgia 30064

1306 Whitlock Ave Marietta 30064 Georgia
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