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Funeral Services for Rayford Silas Sanford, Jr, 95, of Wills Point, formerly of Maydelle, are scheduled for 2:00 pm, Sunday, May 7, 2017, at the First Baptist Church in Maydelle, TX. Burial will be held at Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Services are under direction of Hiett's LyBrand Funeral Home in Wills Point.
Ray passed away May 4, 2017, at his home in Wills Point.
Rayford Silas Sanford Jr. Was born on January 15, 1922. He was born to Rayford Sr. And Nora Sanford. During his life he graduated from Sam Houston State University, served in the United States Navy during World War II, he was a teacher, basketball coach and principal of Centerville High School. Ray retired from ARCO as a geophysicist and Vice President of sizemograph in 1985. He lived in Irving and attended Oak View Baptist Church until 5 years ago, moving to Wills Point to be closer to family. He died as member of Calvary Baptist Church. He will be dearly missed by anyone that he ever came in contact with.
He was preceded in death by both parents, his sister Mildred her husband JT Roach of Maydelle, sister, Jessie Webb of Maydelle, brother-in-law Shelton Perkins best lifelong friends, Kenneth, Jerald and Nat Roach, and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Ray is survived by his wife of 61 years Lindy Sanford, his four children Mike and Connie Sanford of Wills Point, Pat and Tammy Sanford of Paradise, Cindi and Clifford Howard of Lewisville, Kelly and Julie Sanford of Wills Point, and his sister Joann Perkins of Arlington. He also left behind the loves of his life his grandchildren; Jeremy and Jayme Sanford, Jenni and Kyle Crayton, Jacqueline and Randy Miller, Joshua and Margot Sanford, Colton, Caylie, and Colbi Howard, Hunter, Jarred, and Jacob Sanford. Also, he left behind a host of great grandchildren that he considered his great buddies; Lauryn, Tyler, Sadie, and Emma Sanford; Kyleigh, Alli, Brylee, and Brody Crayton; Kailyn and Kinsler Miller; Blake and Addyson Sanford. Ray had a church family in Wills Point that will dearly miss him as well.
Family visitation will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday evening.
Published on May 5, 2017
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