HIGH POINT – Kimberly “Kim” Rae Floyd, 44, joined her loved ones in heaven on Monday, March 12, 2018.
Kim was born to Brenda Faye and Perry Jasper Floyd on July 19, 1973. She grew up in Asheboro with her brother, Perry. The memories that the family will always cherish are the summers and weekends spent with their Granny, Aunt Norma Jean and Uncle Jerry. Also during their time growing up, Kim and her brother enjoyed the competitive spirit only a brother and sister could have whether it was racing bikes in town or becoming city lifeguards together.
After graduating from high school, Kim started a courageous new chapter in her life as an advocate for people with disabilities. Kim saw her injury as a new way of changing the world, one day of courage at a time and was selected as Miss Wheelchair North Carolina in 2003. She successfully completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree at Guilford College and continued to advocate for people with disabilities giving speeches across North Carolina with her Uncle Ken.
One of the fondest memories of Kim from her Uncle Ken and Aunt Linda was when she was able to drive independently after her injury. From there, she was able to successfully complete her Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill and her Masters of Arts in Public Affairs from UNC-Greensboro.
With her strong will and courageous spirit, Kim was hired by the Department of Veteran Affairs in 2001 as Rating Specialist. From that position, she was selected to be a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor assisting disabled veterans either to return to work or to live independently. During her tenure as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Kim assisted, directly or indirectly, thousands of North Carolina veterans. She was selected as the Assistant Officer for VA Vocational Rehab for North Carolina. She was responsible for training and mentoring new counselors from Camp Lejeune, Fort Bragg and Winston-Salem. The positive impact she provided to veterans and counselors alike will never be fully measured or enjoyed – the list is too large. After being selected for numerous leadership trainings and details, Kim was selected to be a Policy Analyst located in Washington, DC so she could further contribute assisting staff and disabled veterans.
In April 2017, Kim began her most challenging fight to date – bladder cancer. With the support of her husband, Gregg, and her loving family, Kim returned back to her home in High Point to face this challenge. She fought, stayed strong and continued to be positive throughout it all.
Kim always challenged her peers, family and friends to advocate for people with disabilities. She always said, “It wasn’t a right but an honored privilege to assist those with disabilities.”
Kim is survived by her husband, Gregg Flood, of the home; a brother, Perry Floyd III and his wife, Shaun; a niece, Peiper Floyd; her father and mother-in-law, Roger and Faye Brown; and her aunts and uncles, Ken and Linda Nelson and David and Norma Jean Arthur; sister-in-law, Bobbilee McDonald and her husband, Daniel; brother-in-law, Jesse Tageant and his wife, Carla; along with her many friends that she made with her quick wit and get-after-it, courageous attitude.
Memorial service celebrating Kim’s life will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, March 24, 2018, in the Chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family online on Kim’s tribute page at www.cumbyfuneral.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 7027 Albert Pick Road, Suite 104, Greensboro, NC 27409.
Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point is serving the Floyd family.
American Cancer Society
7027 Albert Pick Road. Suite 104, Greensboro NC 27409