By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Funeral services for Watertown icon Edsel Cordell Floyd were held Saturday afternoon, Oct. 29 at Hunter Funeral Home.
Former Watertown Mayor, Alderman, Postmaster and longtime public address announcer for Watertown High football, Mr. Floyd passed away Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at his residence at the age of 81.
Mr. Floyd was an icon as a postmaster and as a sports announcer, said Wilson County Mayor and Watertown native Randall Hutto, who grew up in Watertown. He was one of those guys, when you hear Watertown, you think of his name.
Affectionately known as Mr. Watertown. he gave a lifetime of service to the community. Mr. Floyd was a 1948 graduate of Watertown High School and attended Austin Peay State University.
A veteran of the U.S. Army and later in the Naval Reserve, he retired from the U.S. Postal Service as Watertown Postmaster and worked for several years with Wilson Bank & Trust.
Edsel Floyds nickname of 'Mr. Watertown' was well-deserved and appropriate, said Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings. There are so many things in the last 50 years in Watertown that he impacted positively.
A member of the Watertown First Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon and song leader for more than 40 years, Mr. Floyd also served as pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in DeKalb County for several years.
He was loved in the community, and hell be missed but never forgotten, Jennings said.
Funeral services were conducted by Hugh Patton. Interment was at Wilson County Memorial Park in Lebanon.
Survivors include: his wife Margie Atwood Floyd; sons Mark (Jan) Floyd of Smyrna and Chris (Jo) Floyd of Oxford, England. Also surviving are grandchildren Alexey, Avalon, Justin, Joshua, Brittany, Eleanor and Daniel Floyd.
Also surviving are sisters Gwynn Patton of Murfreesboro and Paulette Dorris of Watertown, brother Kenneth Floyd of Nashville as well as several nieces and nephews.
The son of the late Elroy and Macon Anderson Floyd, he is also preceded in death by son Jesse Michael Floyd, grandson Jesse Matthew Floyd and sister Dorothy Harvey.
Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.