Johnson City Press Friday, July 25, 2014

Floyd Royston, Johnson City

Published November 1st, 2011 10:21 pm

8-21-1928-10-31-2011
Mr. Floyd H. Royston was the son of the late Gaines E. and Maggie Littleford Royston.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys Shell Royston; son Steven G. Royston, in July of this year; four brothers, Arlie, Howard, Clyde and George Royston; and two sisters, Mary Lee Royston Grindstaff and Molissie Royston Collins.
Mr. Royston Retired from Burlington Industries after 48 years of service. He liked to hunt, fish and garden. He loved spending time with his precious great grandchildren, especially Emilee, Lyndsee and Petey.
He was a long time member of over 50 years at Snow Memorial Baptist Church, where he was an active Deacon, Usher and former Sunday School Director and RA Leader. His great desire after being saved by the precious blood of Jesus was to serve God with all of his heart. Mr. Royston was truly a Christian gentleman who loved and served God. He had a remarkable memory and a great sense of humor. He never met a stranger and loved everyone. His calm, strength, and warm smile will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Grace Carmack Byerly Stratton Royston; daughters, Brenda Royston Cole and husband, Will, and Teresa Royston Keller; sons, Harold Royston, Allen Royston and wife, Debbie, David Royston and wife, Jan; Stepchildren, Joe Byerly and wife, Chizuru, Sheila Byerly Armstrong and husband, Bobby, and Gila Byerly Brock and husband, Chris; eight grandchildren, Tammy Hyatt and husband, Scott, Dr. Rick Royston and wife, Stephanie, Randy Corby, Crystal Royston, Whitney Royston, Welsey Royston, Chris Keller and Dusty Keller; step grandchildren, Deseree and Robert Royston, Jeff Armstrong, Katelyn Byerly, Jocelyn Byerly, Nathan and Forrest Gentry and David and Lonnie Cole; great grandchildren, Emilee Hyatt, Lyndsee Hyatt, Peter Corby, Asher Royston, Dalton Royston, Deseree Royston, and Alexis Keller; step great grandchildren, Morgan Armstrong, Chloe Gentry, Veronica, David Jr., Dustin and Cody Cole; one sister Betty Hodges; two sisters-in-law Lillian and Opal Royston; several nieces and nephews; and a very special friend who he loved as a sister, Sue Seal.
The family will receive friends, Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5-8:00 p.m. at Snow Memorial Baptist Church and other times at the home, 507 Sunnyvale Dr., or the home of Brenda and Will Cole, 145 Faith Circle.
The funeral service will follow visitation at 8:00 p.m. with Rev. Timothy Adkins, Dr. James Royston, and Rev. Rusty Wishon officiating.
Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at Happy Valley Cemetery, Elizabethton. Pallbearers will be: Marvin Grindstaff, Gary Royston, Jerry Love, Christ Brock, Joe Byerly and Kenneth Bourbon. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Mack Fair, Arthur Hagaman, Roger Hardin, Lloyd Kinley, Johnny Smith, Ray Wilson, George Holly, Harold Jones, George Boy, Bob Bible, Ed Lingerfelt, Gary Bond, John Augustus, Josh Ruff, Bob King, Gay Payne, Paul Whetsell, Delbert Dempsey, Albert Bentley, Stanly Denney and Bill Garland.
Arrangements are entrusted to Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Ave. Johnson City, TN 37601.
Online condolences at www.morrisbaker.com.