Deputy Sheriff Roy Eldon Milstead

Deputy Sheriff Roy Eldon Milstead

Floyd County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, June 18, 1965

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Roy Eldon Milstead

Deputy Sheriff Eldon Milstead was killed in an automobile crash while pursuing suspected moonshiners.

As Deputy Milstead and his partner were traveling over a small rise in the road, another car pulled out in front of them. His partner and three people in the other car were all hospitalized. A juvenile died the following day.

Deputy Milstead had served with the Floyd County Sheriff's Office for two years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Deputy Sheriff Roy Milstead and my uncle (also a Floyd County Deputy) were proceeding North on US 27 with their lights and siren on. Just before a small rise in the road, a vehicle pulled out in front of them. Their collision was sudden with no time to avoid the impact. There were numerous injuries including my uncle.
If you are a Deputy or a Police Officer reading this, please drive carefully which also means don't drive faster than you can see. I am amazed at how many of my fellow Officers are killed in vehicle crashes every year. It does not have to happen.
Rest in peace, Deputy Milstead and thank you for your service to Floyd County.

Mike Thornton, Retired Sheriff
Floyd County Sheriff's Office

February 5, 2022

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