Ray Sandifer(1921 - 2013)

Sandifer, Ray Malcom Ray Sandifer, 92, of Commerce, Texas passed away on August 11, 2013 at his home in Commerce. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church of Commerce at Park and Sycamore St. with Minister Maria Garza officiating. Burial will follow at Rose-mound Cemetery in Commerce. Ray was born on May 24, 1921, in Richardson, Texas to Willie Erby and Cordie James Sandifer. He graduated from Richardson High School in 1939. Joining the Coast Guard, he served in the Pacific Theater throughout World War II. He was awarded the Navy Good Conduct, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon. After the war, Ray worked for the US Postal Service as a rural mail carrier where he retired after 33 years. He married Eleanor Claire Smith on January 10, 1944 in Dallas, Texas. They were happily married for 69 years. He was a life-long, actively involved member of the Christian Church of the Disciples of Christ and First Christian Church of Commerce. Fishing, gardening, and traveling were just a few of his many interests, and he loved discussions with his coffee buddies at the Commerce McDonalds. Ray is survived by his wife, Eleanor and his daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Jim Latham all of Commerce; granddaughter, Sarah Latham White of Commerce; grandson, Ben Latham and wife Janine of Plano; great-granddaugh-ters Holly White and Anastasia Latham; and nieces and nephews. Ray loved children, especially his grandchildren and great-granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Oleta Sandifer Sarver of Garland. The family wishes to thank the many friends, doctors, nurses, and aides who provided care, kindness and support. For more information or to express condolences, visit: www.cokermathews.com. Coker-Mathews Funeral Home, Greenville, TX 903-455-4110

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Coker-Mathews Funeral Home Inc
5100 Interstate 30 Greenville, TX 75402
(903) 455-4110

Published in Dallas Morning News on Aug. 13, 2013