In memoriam: Floyd Yoder

Floyd Yoder, founder of Yoder’s Building Supply in Fair Play, S.C., passed away on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 at the age of 70.

Lynn Schwarz of BMSA, sent the following message to members:

I am sad to tell you Floyd Yoder, founder of Yoder’s Building Supply, passed away on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at the age of 70.  He was born on June 3, 1947 to Harvey and Salome Yoder (Byler).
As a young man, Floyd received Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized.  He grew up as a member of the Mennonite Community in Catlett, Virginia.  He married Ellen Miller on October 3, 1970.  In 1979, he and his bride, along with their four children, moved to Fair Play, SC with the vision of starting a home for troubled boys.

Floyd was a lover of people and had a huge heart for those less fortunate.  In January 1981, he and his father, Harvey, started Fair Play Wilderness Boys Camp.  Floyd started Yoder’s Building Supply in 1986 in hopes of employing the graduates of the camp.  He touched many lives in the years that he worked with boys and their families.

Floyd and his wife, along with Sam Kanagy, went to Jamaica in 1995 with a work group to help with relief efforts after a hurricane had devastated the island.  After several years of taking work groups down, he and Sam felt that in order to be most effective, they needed to start a ministry based in Jamaica.  In 2001, Floyd and Ellen moved to Montego Bay, Jamaica to start Jamaica Relief Ministries.  His passion for the Jamaican people continued to grow and inspire others as they worked with the orphanages there, later starting their own Jamaican Children’s Home.

Floyd is survived by his wife of 47 years, Ellen; one son and three daughters, all of Fair Play, SC: son Harley, married to Christine (Lapp); daughter Bonnie, married to Eric Yoder; daughter Carmen, married to Benjamin Eaton; and daughter Virginia, married to Gideon Michael Stoltzfus.  He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and his four brothers and three sisters.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Harvey and Salome, sister Alma(Hertzler), brother Samuel and sister Barbara – both of whom died in early childhood.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 13 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Earle’s Grove Baptist Church Family Life Center, 398 Cedar Lane Road, Westminster, SC.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, December 14 at 1 p.m. at Seneca Baptist Church, 1980 S. Oak Street, Seneca, SC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jamaica Relief Fund at PO Box 436, Fair Play, SC 29643 or online.
Please keep the Yoder family in your thoughts and prayers.

Best regards,
Lynn Schwarz
BMSA President