James Edwin (Ed) Floyd

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Obituary

James Edwin (Ed) Floyd 84 of Spring Island, Okatie, SC, son of Inman and Eunice J. Floyd, died at Roper Hospital in Charleston on Friday September 8th due to complications from a heart procedure.
It is being said that the Low Country has lost a legend. Ed Floyd lived life to the fullest and was a compassionate advocate for anyone who needed him, which means that his friends are legion.
Ed loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman who followed his passion to many countries, from Argentina to Scotland. His family and friends knew that to find him they should search woods or the river. Ed and his wife Linda Hartough, internationally renowned artist, shared a love for horses and painting. Together they raised miniature horses for many years and always kept their own riding horses. Ed was also an accomplished artist in his own right, selling through Linda’s gallery or direct to fans. He painted many scenes of his beloved Low Country. Together Ed and Linda enjoyed traveling the world to gather material for her paintings.
Ed Floyd was born on February 10, 1933, in Tillman South Carolina. He graduated from Ridgeland High School and attended Clemson University where he was a star member of the track team. He was a manager of large dairy farms in Lugoff SC and Perry GA but returned to Ridgeland in 1963 and worked at Okeetee Club Plantation until he retired in 1998. He was an expert hunting guide, woods rider, and dog trainer for quail shooting. He knew a great deal about plantation management and served with high praise on an interim basis as Manager of Bolan Hall Plantation, as well as advising numerous other plantations.
One of the many activities Ed enjoyed was meeting with the Tillman Farmers group each month. He also helped found the Jasper County Farm Bureau served on the Farm Bureau board, and on numerous committees.
Ed is survived by his beloved wife Linda and from a previous marriage to Daphne Floyd, one son, Jay Floyd (Kim) of Eastman, GA, granddaughter Debbie Meador (Howard), grandson, Jayde Floyd; two sisters, Barbara Kearson and Eunice (Claude) Spilliards, brother in law Howard Dale Hartough (Pam), sister in law Alison Cambisios, great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, as well as numerous lifelong friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Becky Floyd, brother, Marvin (Liza) Floyd; sisters, Gladys (Allison) Fickling; and Lois Lowery.
Funeral services will be Saturday September 16th at Ridgeland Baptist Church. The family will receive friends and family from 1:00 pm until the time of the service at 3:00 pm. Interment will follow at the Floyd Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Low Country Land Trust, 43 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401.