Floyd Harlan Leroy Durham, 92, of Dover, died Sunday, March 21, 2010.


Friends of the late Floyd Harlan Leroy Durham, 92, of Dover, may call on the family beginning at noon Saturday, March 27, at the Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 E. Lebanon Road, Dover, where services will be held at 2 p.m.

Mr. Durham died Sunday, March 21, 2010, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover.

Born Feb. 28, 1918, on a tenant farm east of Dover, he was the son of the late W. Thomas Durham and Mamie Beckett Durham.

Mr. Durham was a master plumber and held Kent County Plumber’s License No. 1, and was known by many as “The Flying Plumber.” He started flying in 1950, fulfilling a dream he had had since his teen years. In 1954, he started the Little Acres Airport, which grew into the Delaware Air Park, Cheswold.

He was a member of the Immanuel Union United Methodist Church, the American Legion Post No. 4, the Good Sam Club, Dover Elks Lodge No. 1903, Loyal Order of Moose, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Dover Rotary, Maple Dale Country Club, Kentucky Colonels, Tennessee Squire, the Silver Wings, Wilmington Hangar of Quiet Birdmen, the OX5 Club, Delaware Aeronautics Commission and the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, where he was a trustee until recently.

Mr. Durham was a single- and multi-engine commercial/instrument flight instructor and held a single engine sea rating. He received the Miss Mary Biggs Award for Excellence in Aviation Community Services in 1998, and was an inaugural inductee to the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame in 2000.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Morgan Durham in 1988; four sisters, Corinne Dean, Iona Reed, Cleo Coker and Dorothy Carney; and two brothers, Donald Durham and Warren Durham.

Mr. Durham is survived by his loving companion of 17 years, Elizabeth “Liz” Glendora Ridgway of Dover; a son, Harlan D. Durham of Dover; and a daughter, Muriel L.D. Bullen of Newark.

He also is survived by four grandchildren, Taunja Durham of Newark, Teena Friend of Owings Mills, Md., Joe Testa III of York, Pa., and Christopher Testa of Newark; and three great-grandchildren, Zoey Durham, Renee Friend and Clay Friend.

Interment will be in the Immanuel Union Church Cemetery, Cheswold.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Durham’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 200 Continental Drive, Suite 101, Newark, DE 19713.

Letters of condolence may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.torbertfuneral.com.