Floyd family donates property to LCC
Pictured is the Floyd Family, Greg and Jennifer Floyd, their children, Anderson and Everette Floyd, and Dexter and Dorothy Floyd. Photo by Richy Huneycutt / Lenoir Community College
The Floyd Family is known in Kinston for its Piggly Wiggly Fresh Buy stores and its community spirit, but the family is also synonymous with Lenoir Community College as champions of education.
The Floyds, Dexter and Dorothy Floyd, their son and his wife, Greg and Jennifer Floyd and their children Everette and Anderson have supported the LCC Foundation through its scholarship program by endowing scholarships and by sponsoring major fundraising events in support of students over the years.
Most recently, the Floyds have together donated 3.26 acres of property valued at $1.7 million. The property was formerly a Walmart Express.
To recognize the Floyd family’s commitment to LCC and the community, the College will renovate the Business Technologies building and rename it the Floyd Health Sciences Center.
The Floyd Health Sciences Center will be a state-of-the-art facility where the College’s health care programs will be housed. Moving the healthcare programs to its new home is part of the College’s Facility Master Plan.
“We are so appreciative of the support from the Floyd family over the years,” LCC President Dr. Rusty Hunt said. “They are a vital part of the Lenoir Community College family and have provided numerous opportunities for our students to pursue a career. Through their generous donation, students will be able to train in a first class facility that will prepare them for the current and future workforce in the health science field.”
Greg Floyd said he grew up knowing the importance of education and the importance of giving back to the community. “This is a legacy that my parents left me and my family and one that we are leaving for our children,” he said.
“We live here, and it is important for us to give back to the community,” he said. “We are glad to be a part of the expansion and growth at the College. Education is a way to help our community move forward economically.”
Jennifer Floyd added that an investment in Lenoir Community College is an investment in the community. “Students do not have to leave to get a quality education to fill the jobs right here, and it encourages students to stay in the area. LCC is one of our best hopes for economic development in our area,” she said.
“The College serves more than 10,000 students,” Dexter Floyd told his grandchildren, Everette and Anderson. “That’s a lot of people that the College touches each year. It is important that we are a part of it,” he said.
“We love the College,” Dorothy Floyd said. “Everyone is so nice and appreciative. We think of everyone there as family.”
The feeling is mutual, LCC Foundation Executive Director Jeanne Kennedy said. “The Floyd family has been supportive of every initiative to help students,” she said. “All we have to do is pick up the phone, and they are quick to say, how can we help. Our students appreciate their support.”