Shirley Waldene Floyd passed away Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at the age of 92. Waldene was surrounded by her loving family as she was called home to be with the Lord Jesus. She was born August 16, 1927 to the late Walter and Edith (Mitchell) Bachman. Waldene enjoyed sewing and gardening but her life’s joy and passion was her family. She was an amazing cook. Waldene loved cooking for her family, whether it was getting up at 4 AM to cook for her boys going into the deer woods, or making 4 different copies of the same pie at holidays and family dinners, just because she knew it was somebody’s favorite. She was the type of woman who started lunch at daybreak so that after church her family could set around the table and fellowship and enjoy each other’s company. Waldene leaves a legacy in her family of love, selflessness, faithfulness, and joy. She was “momma” or “grandma” to everybody that had the blessing of knowing her and she will be very missed and forever cherished.
Waldene is reunited in Heaven with her husband of an amazing 69 years, Ray Dene Floyd, both of her parents, her brothers, Tom St. Clair and Richard (Dick) Bachman, her son Donald R. Floyd, her great grandson, Will Reed Drake, and her great-great grandson, Kaden Drake. She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Reed (Winfred) of Batesville, her adopted son Jerry Floyd (Zee) of Banner, two sisters, Betty Hunter Bufford of Desha and Deanna Canady of Malvern, her grandchildren: Melanie Ferrantelle (Louis), of Sherwood, Scott Floyd (Jennifer), of Batesville, Tammy Reynolds (Jessie), of Batesville, and Missy Drake (Shawn), of Batesville, her great grandchildren: Lindsey Allen, of Texas, Austin Ferrantelle (Marissa) of Bella Vista, Matthew Wilkerson (Tiffaney), of Searcy, Ashlynn Hall (J.T.), of North Carolina, Hailey Drake, Olivia Floyd, Blakeley Floyd, and Ally Drake, her great-great grandchildren: Lainey, Kyle, and Dean Wilkerson and Lucas, Kaitlynn, and Hudson Allen, her special nephew, Max Bishop (Dinah), of Batesville, and her Mountain Meadows family, especially her special roommate, Judy Presley.
Services are entrusted to Willis Funeral Service of Batesville, AR. There will be a visitation Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 7-9PM and a Funeral Service Friday, November 8, 2019 at 2PM, both at Willis Funeral Service, with burial to follow at Kyler Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are: Keith Mason, Matthew Wilkerson, Rick Elumbaugh, James Roach, Tommy Reed, and Walter Reed, recognized as honorary pallbearers are: Claude Reed, Dr. J.D. Allen and staff, and the staff of Mountain Meadows Nursing and Rehab Center in Southside, AR.
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