Floyd Sanders

Floyd Elton Sanders

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020
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Floyd Elton Sanders, 81, died at his home on July 8, 2020.

GRAVESIDE: 12 p.m., July 15, Pecan Cemetery in Erath County.

Floyd was born to Elton and Nellie Sanders in Tyler, Texas on February 15, 1939. He grew up in Tyler and Abilene and served in the Marines before moving to Arlington. Floyd was a fixture in Arlington ISD for many years, serving as a classroom teacher and eventually as an elementary school principal. He was a passionate proponent for and believer in the power of public education. An excellent judge of character, he was able to quickly judge who was competent and who loved children and hire them. He mastered a selection of “teacher looks” and “dad looks” and you had to know him for a bunch of years to decipher if the look he was giving you was meant in jest or if you were about to get it. It could definitely be said that he did not suffer fools gladly. He had a reputation for being the strong, silent, reserved type, which made it surprising that he was the first to strip down to his swimsuit and jump into the dunking booth at school carnivals. He loved traveling and every summer he packed his family up in their little camper and they’d head off to the mountains of Colorado. A lifelong learner, he took up Taekwondo in his mid 50’s and even earned a second-degree black belt. If you were lucky enough to share a meal with him, the conversation was never about him; it was always about you. He made deposits into your life and seldom ever took a withdrawal. One piece of advice he often gave was it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission.

His family members included his wife of 57 years, Cora Cook Sanders, his children Rhonda Sanders and Stephen Sanders, his grandson Judah Sanders, and his brother Gary Sanders. He taught his family that the best life is one where you collect beautiful memories, rather than things. His family will continue to hold tight to the memories he created with them.

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    Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 12:00pm
    Pecan Cemetery - CR 291 Dublin, Tx 764446
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Beverly Akin

Posted at 12:18pm
I loved being a teacher under Mr. Sanders! I started at South Davis Elementary teaching kindergarten, right out of college. Mr. Sanders was a great principal! He knew his teachers and his school so well. I got to go with Mr. Sanders when he opened Miller Elementary, which was a blessing. I respected him and appreciated him so much.
Beverly Akin

Mike and Johnnie Sue

Posted at 07:52pm
Dear Cora, Rhonda & Judah: What a blessing the 3 of you have been to Floyd over these difficult days. Please let us know if you should need our help.
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Mike Bucek

Posted at 07:43pm
Most of my memories of Floyd deal with dining. If he had something he wanted to visit about it wasn't going to be discussed on the phone it was going to be at a restaurant and he always wanted to meet at a different place each time we met. In his later years, I think Our Place in Mansfield may have been his favorite restaurant. He knew I liked breakfast so he would try to pick a place that had breakfast food so I remember eating at Oldwest Cafe, Rise & Shine, Cracker Barrel, IHOP, and Waffle House. If he wanted legal advice then he would pick up his game and take me to Furrs or Splendid China. Of course, none of us can forget those end of school dinners at Babe's in Roanoke. We didn't have any real important items to discuss at those meals until Rhonda adopted Judah. He had wonderful stories about his grandson and he was so proud that Rhonda had brought Judah into his and Cora's lives. Jim Rich and I really enjoyed going to the Omaha Army-Navy store on White Settlement Road near downtonw Fort Worth with Floyd to browse over all the Marine and Army paraphernalia in such store. Jim and Floyd would reminisce over different Marine equipment that they had used while in the service. Great memories were made in this store but the best memory of the three of us is when we would welcome troops on R&R (Rest and Relaxation) at the DFW terminal as the servicemen connected with other flights for their 2-week home visit before they returned to Iraq or Afghanistan. Knowing what these young soldiers still had in front of them would bring tears to your eyes but they were the most rewarding experiences for the three of us. I shall always be in Cora's debt for sharing Floyd with me on all these occasions.
Mike Bucek

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Posted at 02:58pm
Cora: I am so sorry we could not be with you but please know you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. Bob Beddingfield Family
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Suzie (Toy/Earnest) Andreola

Posted at 04:33pm
My sincere sympathy. Mr. Sanders was the first/ best principal I ever worked with during my 29 years of teaching. Miller was like family bc of him.
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