A Celebration of Life:
Reverend Floyd E. Nedab, Jr.
November 11, 1924 - July 1, 2021
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." - II Timothy 4:7
Reverend Floyd Elmer Nedab, Jr. entered eternal rest early Thursday morning, July 1, 2021. Known to many Eastern Shore natives as “El,” he was born November 11, 1924, the second child, to Floyd and Willie Anna Savage Nedab, Sr. in Daugherty, Virginia, located in
Accomack County. Alongside his 2 brothers, Rufus and Wilbert, he was educated in Accomack County Public Schools. After graduation in 1941, he enrolled at St. Paul College in Lawrenceville, VA. In 1944, while attending school in Lawrenceville, his father died. He returned home to help his mother attend the farm. In November of that same year, he married his high school sweetheart, Irene Blake, a union that lasted until her death in 1980. They raised 2 children, Martha Lee and Floyd, III. A few years later, he decided to return to school. He enrolled at Maryland State College (UMES). He graduated in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Studies. In 1955, Floyd began his career at Mary N. Smith High/Middle School teaching U.S. History and Economics. However, being an educator wasn't his only role during this time. He also became the head basketball coach and even drove the school bus for out-of-town games. He led the basketball team to many championships. He was no shirker of responsibility. He not only pulled his share of bus duty, but he also volunteered to cover others. He retired in 1985 after 30 years of service.
After receiving God's calling, Floyd was licensed to preach in October 1971 under Presiding Elder, Rev. R.W. Williams. In the following years, the Virginia Annual Conference appointed him to Shorter’s Chapel A.M.E. Chuch, part of the Bridgetown Circuit, in Birdsnest, VA, St. Luke (his home church) in Daugherty, VA and Bethel A.M.E. Church in Eastville, VA. In 2004, Rev. Nedab retired from pastorial charge obligations. He then joined Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Portsmouth, VA and became part of the ministerial staff under Rev. Granger Flythe.Per invitation, Rev. Nedab continued to spread the Gospel to numerous congregations
throughout the 2nd District until his health started to decline in 2015. He dedicated over 45 years of servitude to the Lord.
In December 1981, Rev. Nedab married Cornelia Jones Elliott from Portsmouth, VA. With this union, he gained another son and daughter, Harry Carlton, Jr. and Jada. Then, was later blessed with Temple and Cornel. Rev. Nedab worked tirelessly within his community holding such positions as President
of Accomac’s NAACP, Secretary and Treasurer of the Farmers Home Board, and chairperson of many other organizations. He was even a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity at Maryland State College.
Rev. Nedab always gave 100%. No task was menial to him, whether it was mowing the lawn, trimming bushes, mulching, or painting. His favorite past-times were crabbing, fishing and hunting. He LOVED checking the mailbox and reading the daily newspaper. He NEVER missed the news and he routinely watched television shows like Sanford and Son, Judge Judy, and Family Feud with host, Steve Harvey accompanied by a bowl of ice cream. He enjoyed
home-cooked meals including his wife’s chicken and dumplings, turnip greens, baked tomatoes, and corn pudding from the Shore or his specialty fried potatoes, cabbage, cucumbers, strawberries, candied yams, sweet potato pies and tuna fish. He placed emphasis on being well rounded and advocated the obtainment of higher education. He displayed his love for his children and grandchildren by faithfully attending church, school and athletic activities. He had a
passion for sports and was an avid fan of the North Carolina Tarheels, the Washington Redskins, and the Washington Nationals. He was a phenomenal fundraiser and used unusual methods like collecting cans to support a cause. His motto was “You can’t beat God giving, no
matter how you try.” His favorite sayings were, “Spend some, save some,” “Time waits for no man,” and “Always be on time.”
He leaves to cherish his memory, a devoted wife of 40 years, Cornelia E. Nedab and seven children; Martha White of N. Chesterfield, VA, Floyd Nedab, III (Shirl) of Daughtery, VA, Jerry Parks (Deloris) of Walterboro, SC, Harry Elliott, Jr. (Shonie) of Brandywine, MD, Jada Elliott (Rodney) and Temple Nedab (Ray) of Portsmouth, VA, Cornel Nedab of Waterbury, CT.
He is also survived by 21 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers-in-law, and 2 sisters-in-law. Among the vast relatives and friends left behind, special recognition goes to two beloved cousins, Thelma Greenleaf and Hazel Heath, and his confidants, Evelyn Scott, Franklin Carr, Jack Johnson, Lester Williams, Kenneth Boyd, Leon Drummond, Eddie Jones, Rev. Horace Cross, Sr., Rev. Granger Flythe, Jerry Morris and Horace McClenney.
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