Floyd Cahal Wilsford

Published 11:55 pm Saturday, July 9, 2011

MEMPHIS — Floyd Cahal Wilsford died suddenly in his Germantown Village home Thursday, July 7, 2011.

He was a true gentleman and will be remembered by those whose lives he touched.

Born in Chattanooga, Tenn., he lived in Vicksburg and graduated from Carr Central High School. He attended Mississippi State University where he played varsity basketball and baseball and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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Floyd enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and served aboard D.E. 190 and was decorated. He retired as Senior Commander in 1946 and was Boys Work Secretary at the Vicksburg YMCA teaching all sports for two years. He worked at Wurzburg Bros. of Memphis as head of the Engineering Department for 30 years and retired 30 years ago.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Thelma, a cousin, Leslie Patton and family.

He is mourned by many friends, especially Lou Lowe, the Chappell family of Memphis and the Martin family of Oxford, Miss. He also leaves a sister-in-law, Judy Martin of Canada, three nieces and one nephew.

Floyd was a gifted self-taught artist and produced many bird carvings and watercolors. He was a natural athlete and excelled in all sports. His latest joy was meeting his friends in the Village to play pool. He was a kind, caring man with compassion for all.

He and his wife, Thelma, met in New York City during his war-time service and she worked for British Securities. They married Oct. 27, 1945, in Toronto.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at the Auditorium in Germantown Village with a reception to follow.

Memorials may be sent to MIFA, the Germantown Humane Society or the charity of the donor’s choice.