Julius Thurman “Rebel” Floyd was born on July 19, 1927, in Nichols, S. C., the son of Crossie Hinson and Annie Elneta (Suggs) Floyd. He was raised in South Carolina where he graduated from high school and barber college. Thurman was inducted into the United States Navy in 1945.
Upon returning home, he was united in marriage to Irene Wilma Thrams on Nov. 30, 1947, in Mason City, Iowa, where they lived briefly. The couple moved to Knoxville shortly afterward, where they lived for 64 years. Thurman worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital as a barber for 33 years, retiring in 1980.
Thurman was a hard-working, loyal, honest man and always had a good sense of humor. He was a member of the First Methodist Church, a 65-year member of the American Legion, and a 60-year member of Oriental Masonic Lodge #61 in Knoxville, where he had served as a past Worshipful Master.
Thurman passed away Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at the Pella Regional Health Center. He was preceded in death by his parents; and eight siblings, James, Luther, Brookie, Harvey and Cornnie Floyd, Carrie Herlong, Gladys Barfield, and Loise Burris.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Irene; children, Stephen Floyd and Cynthia (Gerry) Swan; and grandchild, Benjamin Knowles.
A visitation was held on Friday, Sept. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville. A Masonic Service was held at 6 p.m. A funeral service was held on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m. at Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville with Pastor Brent Hanna officiating. Burial followed in Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville.
In accordance with the wishes of the family, no flowers are to be sent and memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic Children’s Hospital, Manna Relief or to Hospice of Central Iowa.