|Floyd was born in Bonita, Texas on September 7, 1917, son of Alvie Ben Durham and Mary May Hatfield Durham. The Durham family can be traced back to first generation John Langley of Durham, England, and his Mother's family to George Riley Hatfield of the Tennessee Hatfields (Hatfields and McCoys). He was the oldest of two sisters and three brothers: sisters Irene Beaty and Marie Wall, and brothers Ronnie, A.D., and A. W. Durham. Knowing his "calling to serve the Lord" at an early age, he would stand on a box on his father's ranch, and preach to the cattle, often making his mother, brothers and sisters watch and listen. He was a special son and brother, always taking care of his family whenever he was needed.
He earned his Bachelors of Theology Degree at John Brown University in 1938. Then he served his country in the Army as Chief Warrant Officer and Chaplain from 1939 to 1945 stationed in Alaska. He married Virginia E. Gray in 1940 and they had two daughters, Jean and Margaret, (Jean Foster of Hall Summit, Louisiana, and Margaret Varnado of Shreveport, Louisiana) six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He earned his B.A. Degree and B.D. Degree and Masters Degree of Arts Christian Doctrine at Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1950. He served the Louisiana Conference from 1938 until 1970, always going where he was needed most. He served as Methodist Chaplain at the Overton Brooks Veterans Administration Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana from 1970 until retiring in 1982. Also he was a 32nd Degree Mason in Scottish rite.
Wife and Mother, Virginia, passed away in 1973. In 1975 he reunited with and married his college sweetheart, Margaret McCulloch from John Brown University. Margaret passed away in 1996.
A Celebration of his Life was held in his honor for his 85th birthday on the last Saturday of August 2002, with his daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends. He will be remembered as a kind and gentle soul, yet strong and a most dependable man, who was admired and loved by all who knew him.
His life was lived to the fullest, and always in service of his Lord, his country, his Church, and his family, always going and serving where he was needed most. His favorite hymn was "The Old Rugged Cross." His words of wisdom were "In the simplest terms, Salvation is truly believing in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. All the rest the Lord does for you. That is the promise, and God is faithful. It is a gift freely given to all who believe."
Floyd M. Durham passed from this world to his eternal rest on September 3, 2002. He always went "where he was needed most."
Margaret R. Vamado, daughter
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 2003 (Memoirs)|