Floyd Gnann, a member of Clay Electric Co-op’s board of trustees since 1971, passed away on Sunday, August 18. A lifelong resident of Middleburg, Mr. Gnann, 84, represented Clay Electric members in District 6, which encompasses a large portion of northern Clay County.
During his 42 years on Clay Electric’s board of trustees, Gnann served as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. He also served as a director on the board of the Florida Electric Cooperatives Association for 14 years (1976 - 1990). Gnann served on Seminole Electric Co-op's board of directors for 25 years. Seminole is Clay’s wholesale power supplier. He served as president of Seminole's board in 1991, 1992 and 1993.
Gnann served as Clay County tax assessor and as administrator of the Clay County Zoning Commission for 10 years. He was a member of the Middleburg Civic Association and twice served as its chairman. Gnann also served in the Florida National Guard from 1951 to 1957.
Survivors include his wife, Edna; four children; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gnann family," said Ricky Davis, Clay Electric’s general manager/CEO. "Floyd dedicated more than 40 years to serving Clay Electric members, both in his own district and across our service area. We will miss his spirit and his leadership."
At the Aug. 22 meeting of the Board of Trustees, Kelley Smith was named treasurer in Mr. Gnann's place. The Board also decided to leave Mr. Gnann's seat vacant for the remainder of the term, which expires next year.
The visitation and memorial service will be held at Jacksonville Memory Gardens, 111 Blanding Boulevard in Orange Park, on Friday, August 30. Visitation for family and friends will begin at 1 p.m., and the memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Gnann has requested donations be made to the charity of your choice in honor of Mr. Gnann.