Longtime Jacksonville public servant, Floyd W. Stiefer, obit

JACKSONVILLE, TX - Funeral services for Floyd W. Stiefer, age 66, of Jacksonville, are scheduled for 2:00 pm Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at Autry Funeral Home chapel, Jacksonville with Chaplain Donnie Hammock officiating.

Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park, Jacksonville.

Mr. Stiefer passed away Friday, February 11, 2011 in Tyler.

He was born April 4, 1944 in Jacksonville.

Mr. Stiefer began his career as a public servant in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He began his career in law enforcement in 1974 as a Cherokee County bailiff for Judge J. W. Summers. In December 1975 he went to work for the City of Jacksonville as a patrolman. Floyd worked his way through the ranks doing everything, including dispatching. He was Jacksonville's first Criminal Investigations Officer. In October of 1985 he was promoted to Chief of Police, a position he held until his retirement in January of 2001. While serving the City of Jacksonville, he logged 3,050 hours of police training over the course of his career and obtained an Associate's degree at Tyler Junior College. He was a strong believer in obtaining as much education and training as possible for his officers and as an incentive to the officers, he campaigned relentlessly until finally the City Council approved additional money Certificate Pay for the qualified officers. In 1984 he graduated from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. In 1999 he achieved the highest rank possible from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Education and Standards. In 2001 Floyd was elected to City Council Seat for District 4 and went on to serve as Mayor Pro Tem until 2006.

He is preceded in death by his father Floyd B. Stiefer.

Survivors include true love Shine Chancellor of Jacksonville; beloved mother Jewel Stiefer of Jacksonville; cherished daughter Shannon Ellis and husband James of Bullard; sister Charlotte Taylor and husband Weldon of Jacksonville; brother Ricky Stiefer and wife Cynthia of Athens; two grandchildren Courtney Ellis and Dustin Ellis, both of Bullard; nephews and nieces Matt Taylor and wife Stephanie of Gresham, Zach Taylor of Jacksonville, Sara Griffin and husband Luke of Bullard, Erin Taylor of Jacksonville, Jason Stiefer of Athens, Melanie Stiefer of Athens, Nathan Stiefer and wife Tamara of Guam.

Pallbearers will be Mo Raissi, John Page, Jeff Smith, Marvin Acker, Lex Moses and Tony Forson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Royce McCullough, Greg Compton, Mark Johnson, Glen Wilburn, Will Cole, James Campbell, Elvis Stiefer, nephews Matt Taylor, Jason Stiefer, Zach Taylor and Nathan Stiefer, Ricky Moore, Eddie James, Mike Pratt, Tommy Murray, Frank Dublin, Billy Redd, David M. McCord, Kenneth Doman, Elmer Beckworth and past members and employees of the Jacksonville Police Dept.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 pm Monday, February 14, 2011 at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

The family wished to express many thanks to Lucy Ybarra, Stacy Nash, and the staff at Azalea Trails Assisted Living and Memory Care Center in Tyler, Texas.