Floyd Leo Toliver was born on Jan. 21, 1924, in Cotter, Ark. He told many stories of squirrel hunting, fishing and exploring the woods of Arkansas as a child. And yes, squirrel does taste like chicken.
As a young man he even had an opportunity to hunt with a Hungarian friend who is a professional big game hunter. This friend, John Bokk, said that the hunt was good because he enjoyed Floyd’s company but that Floyd clearly did not have the heart of a hunter.
Floyd worked in many different states throughout his life doing a variety of jobs. One of those jobs was spent working in a brewery in Peoria, Ill. It was in that place where he met a beautiful woman named Thelma, who was destined to become his wife. Thelma would be by his side for the next 66 years, traversing all of the hills and valleys of marriage. During those years they were blessed with a son, Gary, a daughter, Carol, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
After the loss of Thelma in 2010, Floyd settled into life in Orofino without her, joining the crowd at Brookside Landing, making many dear friends who have since become family.
In the last few years of Floyd’s life, the Lord became very real to him. All of the scriptural truths that had been instilled in him as a child were breathed upon by God and given life. Floyd left this Earth on Aug. 16, confident in the truth of God, comforted by the presence of God and praying in relationship with God. He even expressed a child-like joy, believing that he would soon be re-united with his parents and that they were going to be very pleased with the man that he had become.
And so, on this day, though we feel the void of his humor, his wit, his protection and his friendship, we inwardly rejoice, knowing that there are reunions taking place in the heavenlies.
God bless you, Floyd.
The celebration of life for Floyd was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Brookside Landing, 431 Johnson Ave., Orofino.