Christopher "Todd" Sands, 45, of Highland, Ill., died Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at St. Vincent's East Hospital in Trussville, Ala.
Todd was born on Dec. 8, 1970, to Michael and Marlene, nee Phelps, Sands, in Birmingham, Ala.
He was a huge Alabama Crimson Tide fan. He was a 1989 graduate of Highland High School, where he lettered in football and baseball. Todd went to Jefferson State College and continued his baseball career. He adored his niece and nephews, and they adored him. He loved to fish and the outdoors in general. He enjoyed painting and drawing. Todd ran a children's workshop at the Home Depot in Trussville, Ala. Roll Tide.
Todd is survived by his parents, Marlene (Jim) Huelsmann of Highland, Ill., and Mike (Wendy) Sands of Ashville, Ala.; grandmother, Clara Huelsmann; brother and sisters, Craig (Shelly) Sands of Highland, Ill., Heather (Matt) Hulvey of Highland, Ill., Jennifer (special friend, John Geiger) Huelsmann of Highland, Ill.; and niece and nephews, Brendan Sands, Megan Sands, Connor Sands.
Memorials may be made to the
Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, Ill., and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at First Baptist Church, Highland, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2016, First Baptist Church, Highland, Ill., with Rev. Sean Holloway officiating. Interment will be in Highland City Cemetery.
MERIDITH FUNERAL HOME, Highland, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 14, 2016