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The Reverend Floyd William Finch, Jr.

The Reverend Floyd William Finch, Jr.
  • April 22, 1929 - March 2, 2022
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Bishop Gadsden Resident's Assistance Fund
    One Bishop Gadsden Way
    Charleston, SC 29412

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“We will remember the Rev. Finch as an active citizen of his community who impacted the lives of others through his ministries, his time as a school...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Barbara Jones - Hudson, NC

“Father Finch helped me through the death of my step mom and two years later, almost to the day, my father. He was compassionate and supportive...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Candy Strobel - Charleston, SC

“My thoughts and prayers to the Finch family. I have wonderful memories of being in the Finch household visiting with my best friend, Theresa. I...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Rebecca French

“Sending prayers for the family of Floyd at this sad time. He was such a blessing in our lives, and just watching him as he went through life's...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Rev. Carl and Gill Green

“I am so sorry for all of you. Your dad was like a father to me for 6 years at Patterson and one of my proudest moments was when I was able to...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Edward Kelley - North Charleston, SC

“May he Rest In Peace and rise in glory. What a distinguished career that blessed many lives.The Henderson Family of Calvary Fletcher ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Ramona Bryson - Horse Shoe, NC

“Floyd always greeted my wife and me with joy. He was genuine and caring. Love and best wishes to you, Leona. RH+ ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Rev. William L. Hills - SC

“Father Floyd was a treasure! His smile and laughter, his jokes, his faith, his commitment, his love for the Lord - and Leona - inspired me. He...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Gene Scarborough - Santee, SC


The Reverend Floyd William Finch, Jr., 92, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Leona Sutherland Finch entered into eternal rest on Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022. His Memorial Service will be held Friday, March 4, 2022 in The Chapel at Bishop Gadsden, 1 Bishop Gadsden Way at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Floyd was born April 22, 1929 in Arden, North Carolina, son of the late Floyd William Finch, Sr. and Ruth Mallory Finch. He was a graduate of Berea College, Virginia Theological Seminary and Appalachian State University. Floyd was involved in numerous activities during his schooling and honors included Valedictorian. Floyd was ordained an Episcopal Priest in 1954 and served in the Diocese of NC, the Diocese of Western NC, the Diocese of Atlanta, and the Diocese of SC until his retirement in 2013.

Floyd's ministry and community service was extensive. He served on several school boards and also was a school administrator. He helped develop and direct Camp Henry, participated with youth programs and was chaplain for fire departments. Floyd was a guest speaker and preacher in conventions, colleges, universities, churches, schools and other civic and professional organizations. Floyd, along with others, helped develop Cursillo in SC. His leadership in the community brought his appointment as an honorary Kentucky Colonel by Governor Combs. Floyd is also listed in several publications that distinguished him, including Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Personalities of the South, The Two Thousand Men of Achievement, The National Register of Prominent Americans, The Royal Blue Book and Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Leona; two sons: Floyd W. Finch III (Carole) of Bonneau, SC and James Milton Finch (Audrey) of Moncks Corner, SC; daughter, Theresa F. Roberts (Chris) of Shelby, NC; two brothers: Morris M. Finch, Sr. (Carolyn) of Arden, NC and Adrian F. Finch (Linda) of High Point, NC; two sisters: Ruth F. Davis of Greer, SC and Mada F. Hare (David) of Arden, NC; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Floyd was predeceased by his daughter, Karen Elizabeth.

Memorials may be made to the Resident's Assistance Fund, 1 Bishop Gadsden Way, Charleston, SC 29412.