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A funeral service for Shirley "Mama Shirl" Sanford age 76, of Jacksonville, is scheduled at 2 o'clock in the afternoon Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Holleyman's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Maydelle with Mike Wilkes and Albert Munsinger officiating. She will be laid to rest at Holleyman's Chapel Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Mrs. Sanford passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2017 in Tyler.
Shirley was born September 14, 1941 in Cherokee County, Texas to Aaron and Mary (Lusk) Goff.
Shirley was a marvelous mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and loving wife. She was focused on her family and serving her Lord. She was a member of Holleyman's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Kim Collins; grandson, Zachary Dodd; grandson, Baby Sanford and brother Joe E. Goff.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 54 years, Bobby Sanford of Jacksonville; children, Shell Sanford and wife Tonya of Jacksonville, Brenda Dodd and husband Paul of Rusk, Lisa McKnight and husband Shane of Gallatin, Wendy Tullis and husband Joey of Maydelle; Sherry Sanford Lawson of Jacksonville; son-in-law, Michael Collins of Rusk. She is also survived by brothers, Charles Goff of Jacksonville, Elvis Goff of Kountz, Billy Ray Goff of Maydelle; sisters, Peggy Kirkpatrick and Jan Crawford, both of Jacksonville. She has 17 grandchildren, Brady Lawson, Bryanth Lawson, Bobby Shell Sanford, II, Skyler Dodd, Katelyn Dodd, Houston Dickerson, Jerrod Dickerson, Alyssa "Cricket" Koop, Colton McKnight, Tristan Collins, Odessa Collins, Kyle Tullis, Karli Novander, Raya Sanford, River Tullis, Josie Tullis and Jaden Tullis; eight great-grandchildren, Tagen Sanford, Bristol Koop, Easton Koop, Pyper Lawson, Braddock Lawson, Maverick Lawson, Brayden Novander and Mason Novander; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will begin on Friday, December 22, 2017 and friends are cordially invited to visit with Shirley's family from 5 to 7 o'clock in the evening at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
Pallbearers will be Bryanth Lawson, Brady Lawson, Bobby Sanford, Colton McKnight, Kyle Tullis, Skyler Dodd, Tristan Collins, River Tullis, Houston Dickerson and Jerrod Dickerson. Honorary pallbearers are Braddock Lawson, Maverick Lawson, Tagen Sanford, Brayden Novander, Mason Novander and Easton Koop.
Published on December 22, 2017
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