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Aubry Sterling Floyd

1930 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
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Aubry Sterling Floyd

Crenshaw, MS

This is a dedication to the life of Aubry Sterling Floyd who went to meet the Lord on March 9, 2017. Aubry was born on May 28, 1930 to John Floyd and Charlotte Nelson Floyd who resided on a farm near Crenshaw, Mississippi.

Aubry had a fulfilling life and dedicated his life to the Lord. He enjoyed living out in the country near Crenshaw at his cottage. He raised and showed Tennessee Walking Horses for over 60 years, which was his passion in life. He also enjoyed raising European German Shepherds for over 20 years. In 1952, he met and married the love of his life, Gloria Coscia, an Italian who was his true soul mate in life for over 47 years until her death in 1999. They had a special love and enjoyed everything in common.

Aubry started his career serving as a military policeman in the Marine Corps in 1947 following basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina. He found from this experience that law enforcement and serving as a public servant was his true calling in life. Aubry was selected by the Tennessee Governor's Staff to become a Tennessee State Trooper in 1953. Early in 1956 he modeled the first Tennessee State Trooper hat. He later served as a Mississippi State Trooper beginning in 1956. During this time, for his outstanding law enforcement service, Aubry was appointed as an Honorary Colonel by the Governor.

He joined the traffic safety division of the Shelby County Sheriff's office in 1959. He rose quickly through the ranks over the years to become a Captain and later Inspector. He held this rank with an emphasis on safety and joined the Shelby County Board of Education as the Director of Transportation over all Shelby County schools.

Aubry took responsibility of over 250 school bus drivers and regularly gave speeches on safety education. He was a noted public speaker throughout Shelby County and elsewhere. He developed school bus routes throughout Shelby County to the various schools, supervised his administrative staff and investigated school bus related accidents. During the 1960s, he led the first school bus system in Tennessee to desegregate black students riding despite the public uproar. Aubry was greatly loved and respected by his county drivers who saw him as treating everyone equally.

He retired from the Shelby County position in 1991 to enjoy more time with his family, Gloria, and son Steven, and to devote more time to his Tennessee Walking Horses.

Aubry was a strong, compassionate man who was a true leader to others. He would help those in need. He had a strong work ethic and will be remembered for taking care of his family and friends. He truly believed in the Lord as his Savior and dedicated his life to Him each day. He will be greatly missed.

Preceded him in death were his parents John and Charlotte Nelson Floyd; his wife of over 47 years, Gloria Coscia Floyd; his son, Aubrey Sterling Floyd, Jr. and brothers Sam Porter Floyd and John Floyd. Survivors include his son, Steven Shane Floyd of Cordova, TN; his sister Ruby Floyd Currid of Cordova, TN; his grandson, Stephen Tyler Floyd of Columbia, SC; and several nieces.

A celebration of his life and memory will be held at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia, MS on Tuesday, March, 14, 2017. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with services beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Longtown Cemetery.

Pate-Jones Funeral Home, Senatobia, MS 662-562-4481.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Mar. 12, 2017
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