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Collin "Buzzy" Flood '68 January 27, 2021 11:31 AM updated: January 27, 2021 11:47 AM

Collin Lloyd Flood
DECEMBER 11, 1946 – DECEMBER 30, 2020

Surrounded by his family, Collin “Buddy” Lloyd Flood peacefully went home to be with his Heavenly Father on December 30, 2020. Buddy was born to Geraldine West Flood and Lloyd Flood on December 11,1946. Although he was born in Oklahoma City, he got to Texas as soon as he could. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio before making his way to College Station to attend Texas A&M University. Buddy was a member of the Corps of Cadets and Company F-2, the Fighting Foxes. If you asked him about it, he might say “What’s it to ya snake?” His time in the Corps was formative, and he loved retelling stories of his great times at A&M. Whoop!

After Buddy graduated from college, he joined the United States Army, rose to the rank of Captain, and served as Tank Unit Commander in Nuremberg, Germany. He married his high school sweetheart in 1969, and their daughter Stacy was born three years later while he was stationed in Germany. Their second child, Jeff, arrived in 1974. Being a father was one of his greatest joys and was a role at which he excelled. After his first marriage ended amicably, he met and married the love of his life, Gwendolyn Melton, and became a doting and loving husband. They had two more daughters, Keesha and Britton, and their family was complete. Buddy gave everything his all no matter the task or job. After serving in the military, he owned and operated several Docktor’s Pet Centers and spent many years combining his love of animals with his love of people and growing a small business. He was a true dog lover, and a dog was always a part of the family. After Docktor’s, he then worked in sales at Williamson Printing where he remained until his retirement. In true Buddy style, he made lifelong friends wherever he went. Buddy never met a stranger. He was always involved in his children’s lives, taking an interest in all of their activities, even if it meant sitting through hours of a dance recital with flowers in hand. One of his favorite achievements was coaching Britton’s 6th grade softball team to an undefeated season and championship. Go Bombers!

Although he shined brightly as a dad, he shined even brighter as a grandpa to 9 grandsons and 2 granddaughters. Buddy was quick with a joke and even quicker with a helping hand. He was known for his stories and relished in recounting memories and making people laugh. To know him was to love him. From a young age, he loved playing baseball, and the Texas Rangers always had a special place in his heart. In addition to being with his family, he loved golfing with his buddies, fishing, and spending time in the Texas Hill Country. He dreamed of passing his last years out on a ranch with Gwen by his side.

Buddy accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at an early age. As he grew older, his faith only strengthened. He and Gwen were long-standing members of Park Cities Baptist Church where they were active in their Sunday School class, and Buddy proudly served as a parking lot attendant. He taught all who knew him about unconditional love, loyalty, the value of hard work, and the importance of paying it forward. He found joy everywhere and saw every glass as half full.

Buddy/Dad/Grandpa/Big Cheese is survived in loving memory by Gwen, his wife of 41 years; his daughter Stacy Laberge, her husband Paul, and their children Jackson, Colton, Samantha, and Tristan; his son Jeff Flood, his wife Tammy, and their children Jacob, Lucas, Eli, and Liam; his daughter Keesha Amezcua, her husband David, and their children Opal, Bishop, and Darrow; his daughter Britton Flood and her partner Jeremy Hart; his sister Lynette Johnson, her lifelong friend Elaine Harmon, and Lynette’s sons Justin and David; his sister Linda Grisham and her husband Jeff; and his sister Leeann Veatch, her husband John, and their children Kiki and Jeb. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, January 3rd at 3 pm at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home.

A livestream option of the service will be available as well at:


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