Joey Michael Floyd, professional musician, beloved husband, son, brother and uncle, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. Joey was 47 years old. Service: A service celebrating his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pantego Bible Church, 8001 Anderson Blvd. Following the service, Joey will be laid to rest in Emerald Hills Memorial Park.
Family and friends will gather from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Great Room at Robertson Mueller Harper. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, consideration of contributions to MusicCares, 1904 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville, Tenn. 37212, in his memory, is suggested. Born Dec. 17, 1968, in Arlington, Joey was the son of Jerry Jay and Penny Lu Rigby Floyd.
He began playing guitar with his Grandpa Frank Rigby at an early age and at 5 years old auditioned for the Grapevine Opry with Johnnie High. At the age of 10 he played Willie Nelson’s son in the major motion picture “Honeysuckle Rose,” and with his sister, Jill, began touring with Willie and the Family for the next two years, embarking on a lifelong friendship. Joey and Jill continued playing music, becoming the first regulars on Johnnie High’s Country Music Revue before Joey graduated from Eastern Hills High School in 1987.
After attending TCU, Joey and Jill continued to pursue music with their own band, Eldorado, playing such events as Farm-Aid and Willie’s 4th of July Picnic. In 1997, Joey joined Toby Keith’s Easy Money Band playing acoustic and electric guitar, fiddle, banjo, as well as backup vocals. Joey played all over the world sharing his many gifts including roles in such films as “Leap of Faith,” “Broken Bridges,” and “Beer for My Horses,” numerous television shows such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Ellen,” “The View” and many others as well as USO tours, the Super Bowl, the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Halftime Show, and countless live performances on awards shows.
Despite his many talents, Joey remained a humble man who never met a stranger. He worked hard, played hard, and loved harder. He loved making people laugh with his quick wit and sharing new jokes with old friends like Willie Nelson. He loved cooking, touring with the Easy Money Band and watching his favorite shows, “Judge Judy,” “Seinfeld” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” with Laurin and their two dogs, Cowboy and Diesel. Survivors: In addition to his wife of eight years, Laurin Wright Floyd, Joey is survived by his parents, Jerry and Penny Floyd; and sister, Jill and her husband, Mike Muzyka, and their daughters, Kennedy and Logan.
Published in Star-Telegram on Feb. 17, 2016