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Joey Floyd Named 2017 Distinguished Alumnus
Joey Michael Floyd – Eastern Hills High School Distinguished Alumnus 2017
Oct. 16, 2017 – Joey Michael Floyd (1968-2016) has posthumously been named to the Eastern Hills High School Distinguished Alumnus Hall of Fame. He is being recognized at halftime of the EHHS-Polytechnic H.S. District 5A football game on Thursday, Oct. 26, at Scarborough-Handley Field.
Floyd was an accomplished professional musician who was born Dec. 17, 1968, in Arlington, Texas. 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 1980 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 as teens, 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 along with his sister 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 country music superstar Toby Keith's Easy Money Band playing acoustic and electric guitar, fiddle, banjo, as well as backup vocals, until the time of his death.
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. His catch-phrase of “No Bad Days” has become a mantra for those who knew him and appreciated his talents and optimistic outlook on life.
Despite his celebrity, Joey remained a humble man who never met a stranger. He loved making people laugh with his quick wit and sharing new jokes with old friends like Willie Nelson. His joy of cooking was eclipsed only by his love of touring with the Easy Money Band.
Joey passed away after a long battle with cancer on Feb. 14, 2016, at the age of 47, leaving behind his wife of eight years, Laurin Wright Floyd, their two dogs, Cowboy and Diesel, and countless fans and friends. Joey was survived by his parents, Jerry and Penny Floyd; sister, Jill, and her husband, Mike Muzyka; and two nieces, Kennedy and Logan.
Following Joey’s death, his family established the Joey Floyd Foundation to recognize and assist aspiring high school musicians. The Foundation hosts fundraising concerts and honors graduating seniors with scholarships to help defray the cost of their college expenses.
The Eastern Hills High School Distinguished Alumnus Award is a career achievement and recognition award. It celebrates alumni who, after leaving EHHS have, gone on to achieve extraordinary, significant or noteworthy achievements in their career field or the world around them. The goal is to provide current and future EHHS students with examples of how it is possible for any student to achieve success after they leave school.