Floyd M Sayre Jr., of Dunbar, WV, passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at CAMC hospital surrounded by his family.
Floyd was born at Beckley, WV, on July 17, 1930. He is the son of the late Floyd M. Sayre Sr. and Winifred Lynch Sayre.
He married Ruth Ellen Thomas on July 16, 1960 in Beckley, WV.
He is survived by his three sons, Floyd M. (Kin) Sayre III and his wife Susie of Martinsburg, WV, Richard Thomas Sayre and his wife Chris of Pittsburgh PA and David Lynch Sayre and his wife Valarie, of Mineral, VA; seven grandchildren, Grace Leigh Sayre (Jen), Thomas Wyatte Goodman (Courtney), F. McKinley Sayre IV, Joshua David Sayre, Erica Sloan Sayre, Katelyn Makenna Sayre and Emile Marie Zalfini (Gabe) and three great grandchildren Myles William Goodman, Alexander Edward Lewis Sayre and James Thomas Goodman.
Floyd McKinley Sayre Jr., was a good man by all accounts and lived his life in a pursuit of endeavors he felt were right, good and virtuous. Through his long and storied life, Floyd graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and West Virginia University where he was an active member of Sigma Nu. After college he had a successful military career where he was assigned to the Berlin Brigade. Floyd started a long and lustrous professional career with the United States Chamber of Commerce in Beckley, Florida and North Carolina that concluded with long-term advocacy work with the West Virginia Legislature with a loving wife who stood by his side through his efforts. Floyd owned and managed a professional association and was the first Certified Professional Executive in West Virginia. He worked hard to bring the certification program to West Virginia where he taught many executives.
A second generation member of the West Virginian political community, he understood how to navigate the political process that left a legacy in which his colleagues and associates universally regarded Mr. Sayre as a kind man. A man of integrity, Floyd was a believer in law and order, and a paragon for proper and gentlemanly conduct. His life's work has left West Virginia a better place for all walks of life. If there are any among us who worked as tirelessly as Floyd Sayre to that end, they will surely walk in his shadow.
Floyd loved spending time with his family and friends, gardening, bird watching and rooting for his beloved West Virginia Mountaineers. Floyd was a Rotarian where he was a Paul Harris Fellow and President of the Southern Pines, NC Rotary Club. The Salisbury, NC Jaycees recognized Floyd's hard work and strong character by awarding him as their Man of the Year. Floyd was member of the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, WV.
Good men are in short supply these days, and Floyd McKinley Sayre Jr.'s loss is certainly a blow to their ranks. His life is celebrated by all it touched.
Funeral Service will be held at 2 pm Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home with Rev Christian Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley, WV, with military rites.
Visitation will be held from 5 - 7 pm Friday, October 13, 2017 at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home.
The family ask that in lieu of flowers that donations be sent to Hospice.
You may send condolences to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.
Published on October 12, 2017