Suddenly, on July 3, 2019, God called our beloved Fannie Rosemary McClary home to her eternal rest.
Rosemary as she was affectionately called, was born on January 7, 1952 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Gentle Floyd, Sr. and Katie H. Floyd. She was the second of their ten children. Rosemary was educated in the Philadelphia Public school system, graduating from Overbrook High School in 1970. Her caring and nurturing personality led her to pursue a career in nursing as she continued her education at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in Atlanta, GA. Upon completion of her studies, she returned to Philadelphia and worked for Park Pleasant Nursing Home and Presbyterian Home Care before settling in on a career in general private duty nursing.
Rosemary was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. She always put the interest of her family first, especially her grandchildren. She saw to it that her children were given the best she could provide, in loving care, spiritual nourishment, and material comforts.
Rosemary was a devoted, if not fanatical, roller derby fan in the mid-1970’s. She often took her younger brothers and sisters to see the Philadelphia Warriors Roller Derby matches to share her enthusiasm for the sport. She developed many close relationships amongst her fellow Warriors fans and through these relationships, she meet and fell in love with Randolph “Mac” McClary. They married on December 29, 1979 and to this union they were blessed with three sons. As Mac pursued his career in the U.S. Navy, Rosemary moved to Virginia Beach, VA which became her adopted home of nearly 40 years. She devoted many of her early years in Virginia Beach focused on raising their three sons, DeCarlo, Dayon and Marcus before returning to general private duty nursing. After over 25 years of nursing she retired to spend more time with her grandchildren, but her well established reputation in the nursing community brought numerous requests for her to return to work, which she recently agreed to do.
Rosemary accepted Christ at an early age; she was baptized and became a member of the Sharon Baptist Church in Philadelphia under the leadership of the late Rev. Phillip King. As life’s journey took her to Virginia, she became a member of End-Time Living Water Ministry Intl and continued to serve in the ministry under the leadership of Chief Apostle Stephen Gaines. Rosemary was very active in ministry and was called the Mother of the church.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents Gentle Sr. and Katie Floyd, and two brothers Lewis G. Floyd, Sr. and Willie L. Floyd. She leaves to cherish her memory: her loving husband Randolph R. McClary; three sons DeCarlo L. McClary, Dayon L. McClary and Marcus G. McClary; six adoring grandchildren Marquel, Chanel, Israyel, Aryelle, Aaliyah and Marcus, Jr.; seven siblings Alex Floyd (Marilyn), Sammie Floyd (Wanda), Linda Floyd, Sheila Clark, Pamela Floyd, Gregory Floyd (Sharon) and Gentle Floyd, Jr. (Jean); one sister-in-law, Mintory Sacther (Frank); thirty-one nieces and nephews; three Aunts Rachel Whatley, Dorothy Sewell and Katherine Sewell; a host of great nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.