OBITUARY

Dr. Connie Sturkie Floyd

December 27, 1936January 16, 2023
Obituary of Dr. Connie Sturkie Floyd
Dr. Connie Sturkie Floyd passed into the loving arms of her savior on January 16th, 2023 in the presence of her loved ones. She graced us with her presence for 86 years. Connie leaves to cherish memories, her husband of 60 years, John F. Floyd, son John F. Floyd, Jr., John’s wife Kimberly Floyd, granddaughters, Breanna Elizabeth Floyd and Shelby (Sean) Bayford, great grandchildren, Bentley and Paisley, sister-in-law Nanci (Steve) Chazen, nephews Jack Chazen, David Sturkie and Henry D. Sturkie, niece Cheri Sturkie Grisham. Connie was preceded in death by her parents, Henry D. Sturkie and Minnie Nordman Sturkie, and beloved brother Henry D. Sturkie Jr. There will be graveside services and a celebration of her life at Crestwood Cemetery on Friday the 20th at 2:00 P.M. Dick Cain, pastor of the Rainbow Presbyterian Church, will officiate. There will be a reception at the Floyd’s home for family and friends following the funeral. Connie was born in Gadsden in 1936 and lived here until 1968 when she and John were transferred by Goodyear to Topeka, Kansas. This move was the precursor to several assignments in the United States and Europe. After 43 years away from Gadsden, Connie and John moved back to their beloved hometown Gadsden in 2015. Connie was a graduate of Gadsden High School, class of 1955. Connie received her Bachelor’s Degree in 1959, from the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Master’s Degree from Auburn University in 1960, and her Doctor of Education in 1972. She was on the first Title Nine Committee that met in Kansas City, Kansas. Connie also attended many University Executive programs such as Toward Understanding Men at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas. John and Connie’s careers allowed them to work and travel throughout the world. Connie’s dedicated focus was education. She was a professor at Gadsden State, Jacksonville State University, Auburn University, Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to Big Oak Ranch for Boys and Girls, 250 Jake Mintz Road, Gadsden, AL. 35905 Connie was an extraordinary woman. The first verse of the song “My Way” encapsulates her life. “And now the end is near. And so I face the final curtain. My friend I’ll say it clear. I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain. I’ve lived a life that’s full. I travelled each and every highway. And more, much more than this, I did it my way.” God speed, Dr. Connie Sturkie Floyd. Until we meet again. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.collier-butler.com for the Floyd family.

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Friday, January 20, 2023

Celebration of Life Graveside Service