Harvey Leroy Floyd

Born on February 17, 1931

Departed on August 7, 2018 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Harvey Leroy Floyd was born February 17, 1931, in Grenada County, Mississippi, and died peacefully at his residence on August 7, 2018, in Nashville, TN.
He spent most of his early years in Greenville, Mississippi. After graduating high school, he went to Freed-Hardeman College, where he met his future wife, Virginia Lee Austin.
From there they both attended David Lipscomb College, graduating on June 1, 1953, and then they married on June 5, 1953.
Harvey obtained his master’s degree from Harding University, and he joined the faculty of then, David Lipscomb College, (now university), in the fall of 1955. He held his teaching position for 55 years through full and part time teaching. He taught Greek and New Testament courses. He obtained his Ph.D. in comparative literature from Vanderbilt University in June 1969. Harvey served on the committee in the 1970’s that created the translation of the New Testament English version for the deaf. Also, in the 1980’s, Harvey wrote Is the Holy Spirit for Me?
He retired May 1, 2010, after 55 years of doing what he loved. He was honored as an outstanding teacher three times.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Eunice Pennington Floyd.
Harvey is survived by his wife of 65 years, Virginia Floyd; his son, Harvey Leslie Floyd “H.L,” his brother, James Talley Floyd and his wife Martha; his sister, Anna Jean Floyd Ritzenthaler, (her late husband, Jim); aunt, Lucille Floyd Miller of Mississippi and numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He also leaves to cherish his memory many students who had great respect and fondness for him.
For the last 40 years, Harvey also taught the international Bible class at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ.
Visitation will be on Friday, August 10, 2018, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, at 11:00am, with visitation beginning at 10:00am at Harpeth Hills Auditorium.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Harvey and Virginia Floyd Endowed Scholarship at Lipscomb University. A private family interment will be later.

5 Comments to Mr. Harvey Leroy Floyd

  1. Greg Hines
    August 10, 2018 5:09 am

    Harvey Floyd was a humble servant of God. His classes on the Holy Spirit, Systematic Christian Doctrine and Bible Comprehensive (with Batsell Barrett Baxter) were highlights of my years a DLC. I graduated in 1974 and went immediately to work as an Assistant Instructor at DLC. Eating in the faculty dining room everyday, I listened to Floyd, Baxter, Ken Dugan, Morris Landis and many others, and gleaned from their wisdom and experience. Now, almost all of them are gone: Joe Sanders and his sonorous voice, the faith and sincerity of Baxter, the story-telling of Mack Wayne Craig, the opening of the Old Testament to me by Clyde Miller and Leo Snow and, finally, the quiet dignity and scholarship of Harvey Floyd. He and all will be as missed as they have been cherished.

    • Tommy Russell
      August 10, 2018 3:09 pm

      The teachers I feared the most, I learned the most from. Brother Floyd was one of those teachers. The hard cover of my Greek grammar of 1959-1960 is taped and frayed and some of my learning is frayed, but my appreciation for him has not. He taught me Greek grammar but he also taught me about God’s grace and God’s Holy Spirit. I can still see him in class pausing to think about a matter, in deep thought, and then proceed with his teaching.
      I take this time to recall his marvelous colleagues–Brothers Baxter, Collins, Stroop, Baker, Willis, North, Snow, Sanders, McKelvy and Goodpasture, my Bible, church history and religious education teachers, 1958-1964. Tommy Russell (DLC, 1962)

  2. J. D. Thomas
    August 19, 2018 1:10 pm

    Harvey Floyd was my Greek instructor at Lipscomb. Without his class, I would not have been able to complete my master’s thesis at Florida on “The Example in Ancient Rhetorical Theory” (three Greek and two Latins) or some of my doctoral courses at Ilinois.

    I’m glad he was used as a featured presenter in the Carroll B. Ellis Lectures on Restoration Preaching at the Longview Mansion. Ellis and Floyd were two of my favorite professors!

  3. J. D. Thomas
    August 19, 2018 4:12 pm

    Others named and even those not mentioned contribuled to my education in the 1950s. Between 1953 and 1957, I was privileged to study under Sara Whitten, Harold Baker, Ira North, J. P. Sanders, and both Baxters—Bats ell Barrett and his father, among others. I am grateful to be remembered by former Freed-Hardeman students of Reba’s and mine.

  4. F. F.
    August 28, 2018 2:39 pm

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. May the God of all comfort give you a measure of comfort through the many prayers in your behalf. (2Corinthians 1: 3, 4; Revelation 21: 3, 4)

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