Jimmie  Sanford
JACKSONVILLE - Jimmie L. Sanford, born October 14, 1926, to Earl and Mamie (Cherry) Sanford, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2020, in Palestine. He was 93 years old.
A funeral service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 23, 2020, at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Wayne Thompson and Don Copeland will officiate. Jimmie will be laid to rest at Meador Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville
Visitation will begin on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, and friends are cordially invited to visit with Jimmie's family from 5 to 7 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
Jimmie graduated from S.F.A. University with his Masters in Education. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Sanford taught at New Hope, Gallatin and Turney Schools.
He was a principal at Westside Elementary in 1959 to 1984, assistant principal at Jacksonville Intermediate School from 1984-1985, retiring in 1986.
Jimmie was a member of First Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce Sanford; son, Larry Sanford and a great-granddaughter, Julianne Faith Slagle.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Janis Reed and husband Joe of Palestine; son, Jay Sanford and wife Michelle of Lewisville; and daughter-in-law, Lisa Cole of Tyler. His sisters-in-law are Mary Lynn Dotson, Nancy Thompson and husband Wayne, Patsy Wood and husband Jerry; and brother-in-law, Ronald Pippin and wife Nelda. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jami Slagle and husband Jason, and Jesica Patty and husband Trent; three step-grandsons; seven great-grandchildren and nine step great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be John Mark Lester, George Horn, Olen Morton, Phil Waller, Joe Wardell and Billy Salmon. Honorary pallbearers are James Spivey and Kirk Sadler.
Memorials may be made to Jacksonville Education Foundation, P.O. Box 631, Jacksonville, Texas 75766 or at www.jisdfoundation.org.
Published on January 23, 2020

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Bettie Sawyer Vaughn
Jan 24, 2020
One of my favorite persons in my school years. Always had a smile and a kind word to me. Saw him in 2011 when there for 50th high school reunion . Several of us went to see him in nursing home and shared many good memories! Bless this family in this hard time!
Maxine Burley Session
Jan 24, 2020
Mr. Sanford was my first principal in 1977. I am so sorry to hear of his passing, but thank God for the wonderful memories of him as principal of West Side.
Jerry Hawkins
Jan 23, 2020
R.I.P. Mr. Sanford. When I next visit you in your office, it won’t be because Mrs. Cone sent me.