Rayford Silas Sanford, Jr.January 15, 1922 ~ May 4, 2017 (age 95)
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, and served in the United States Navy during World War II, He was a teacher, basketball coach and the principal of Centerville High School. Ray retired from Atlantic Richfield Oil Company, as a geophysicist and Vice President of seismograph in 1985. He lived in Irving and attended Oak View Baptist Church until 5 years ago, when they moved to Wills Point to be closer to family. He died as a 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 and her husband JT Roach of Maydelle, sister, Jessie Webb of Maydelle, brother-in-law Shelton Perkins and his best lifelong friends, Kenneth, Gerald 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 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.
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.
Ray passed away May 4, 2017, at his home in Wills Point.
Family visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Saturday evening.