In Memoriam: Charles Bradley Floyd Charles Bradley Floyd, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and proud Marine, passed away on November 11, 2023, at the age of 91.
Charles was born on February 20, 1932, in Earlsboro, Oklahoma, to Bessie Watson Floyd and Carl Bradley Floyd. He grew up alongside his siblings, Bayne, Wayne, Glendon, Cleatus, and Barbara. Charles graduated from Pleasant Grove High School, Seminole, in 1949. On December 31, 1951, in Fort Smith, Arkansas, he married Ella Cotton, and together they shared 64 years of marriage. Charles and Ella raised three children, Glen Floyd, Cheryl O’Rourke, and Steve Floyd.
Charles served with honor and distinction in the United States Marines from 1949 to 1953. His service included a significant role in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War, earning him the esteemed title of one of “The Chosin Few.” Charles carried his pride as a Marine throughout his life, embodying the values of loyalty, courage, and commitment.
After his military service, Charles dedicated over 50 years to the oil and gas sales industry. He was known for his exceptional storytelling and his commitment to serving those he loved.
In his leisure time, Charles found joy in the company of his family. He never missed the extracurricular activities of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, cherishing every moment spent with them. He is survived by his children Glen, Cheryl, and Steve, his grandchildren Audra Smalley and her husband George, Suzanne Smith, Lindsey Miller, Kate Harrison and her husband Sean, his great-grandchildren Tracy Smalley, Alyssa Rodriguez, Nathan Smalley, Loren Miller, Luke Miller, and Charlotte Harrison, his sister, Barbara Floyd Moore, sister-in-law, Elizabeth Voelker-Sargent and many other family and friends who loved him.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ella, his siblings Bayne, Wayne, Glendon, and Cleatus, and his daughter-in-law Anabel. His memory will forever be engraved in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, November 16, 2023, at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel in Edmond, OK. Interment will be held at 3:00 p.m. at Akins Cemetery in Sallisaw, OK. May he rest in peace and may his legacy of love and service continue to inspire us all.
A special thanks to Dr. John Randolph and the staff of the Oklahoma Heart Hospital.