Douglas F. Sanford, 92, of Montgomery, AL, passed away on Friday, Jan 24th, 2014 at his home in Montgomery, Alabama with his family at his bedside.
Visitation will be held at Leak Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, Jan 28th from 5 until 7:00pm. A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29th at First United Methodist Church beginning at 2:00pm, Pastor R. Lawson Bryan officiating. A brief graveside service will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
Douglas F. Sanford was born in Laneville, Texas on September 21, 1921, the son of Elton and Lorna Sanford, of Longview, Texas. The name "Sandy" soon became what everyone would call him for the rest of his life. Sandy earned a degree in Special Education from George Washington University. Joining the United States Air Force in 1942 and served for 30 years retiring in 1971 a Command Pilot with the rank of Colonel. Following the Air Force, Sandy became the Director for the Alabama Association for Retarded Citizens working for the dignity, equality and right of choice for those Alabama citizens with intellectual limitations. He served the Alabama ARC until retiring in 1992. In recognition of Sandy's efforts, then Governor George W. Wallace proclaimed 1984 as "Sandy Sanford Day." Still not ready for a "quiet life," Sandy joined the Montgomery Chapter of Special Olympics. He worked with this program for 6 years until finally retiring in 2004. Sandy enjoyed golf and played as a member of the Montgomery Country Club since 1971.
Sandy married Honey Sanford, from Tuskegee, AL, on May, 1, 1951. During their 57 year marriage, Sandy's career carried them around the world but in 1969 they made their home Montgomery, Alabama.
Survived by a son, David (Betty) from Huntersville, NC; two daughters, Patty and Debbie both from Montgomery, AL; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren and a brother Robert (Ruby) of Moore, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his wife and both parents. On line condolences may be made at www.LEAK-MC.com.
Published in the Montgomery Advertiser from Jan. 27 to Jan. 28, 2014