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March 31, 1921 — Jan. 17, 2019
The Rev. Floid Bravot Schneider, 97, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.
He was born on March 31, 1921, in Midland, Michigan, to Paul Robert and Melvina Bravot Schneider. He was predeceased by his parents; his two brothers, Paul Joseph and Norman Edward Schneider; his two wives; and his great-granddaughter, Sabrina Rose Durbin.
Floid joined the U.S. Navy in 1938 and served as a chief petty officer and medical corpsman with the First Marine Division on Guadalcanal. Later, while stationed in Melbourne, Florida, he met and married a Navy nurse named Wilmoth Velma Griffin. Together, they had four children, and they remained together for 52 years until Wilmoth’s death in 1996. Floid’s second wife was Wilma Barefoot Lee, who died in 2012.
Floid was the postmaster of Dover, Florida when he answered the call to become a minister, left his job and moved with his family to Wake Forest to study at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of Wilson’s Mills Baptist Church and Spring Branch Baptist Church in Dunn before returning to Florida. There he worked at the Plant City post office while serving as an interim pastor for several churches, including Northside and Hopewell Baptist churches, and he was a minister to the Green Acres campground in Dover, Florida. Later, he pastored the First Baptist Church of Wabasso, Florida and retired from there.
Floid is survived by his son, Glenn Schneider (Nancy); daughters Carol Turnage (Tom), Doris Durbin (Ed), and Joan Schneider-Cooper (John); grandchildren, Steven Schneider, Allison Dunn, Kimberly Turnage, Bryce Durbin, Diana Murdock, Susan Denhoff, John and Michael Cooper and Megan Cooper Hitchings; and 11 great-grandchildren: Cameron, Chase and Caris Schneider, Griffin and Mackenzie Dunn, Sam and Thomas Durbin, Kate and Josh Murdock and Sawyer and Fiona Hitchings.
The family extends its gratitude to the staff at Stonehenge Assisted Living for their loving care of Floid during the past four and a half years, and to the Georgia Mountains Hospice Service for their support during the past five months.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. George Cline officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. The family met with friends from 1-2 p.m. Monday before the services began. The North Georgia Honor Guard presented military honors.
Flowers are welcome; however, if you wish to do so, memorial contributions may be made to The Gideons International, or to Georgia Mountains Hospice, 70 Caring Way, Jasper, Georgia 30143 or to Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.
Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville is honored to be serving the family of the Rev. Floid Bravot Schneider. Please share your condolences and sign the guest registry online atwww.cochranfuneralhomes.com.