LAKELAND - Mr. Gary Richard Sands, age 67, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday (October 29, 2013).
Born in Lakeland on Oct. 14, 1946, Gary was a lifelong resident. He was a truck driver, and an Army
veteran of the Vietnam War
from 1967 to 1969. He attended services at North Lakeland Church of God.
Mr. Sands was preceded in death by his father Grady Eugene Sands; mother Effie Mae Sands; son Gabriel Ryan Sands. He is survived by his wife Lillian Harrison Sands, Lakeland; son Gary R. Sands, Jr. (Lori), Punta Gorda, FL; daughters Natalie Sands Garvey, Rotonda, FL, Christine Bradley, Deland, FL; sisters Veronica Sue Durrance, Pamela C. Mills, both of Lakeland; brother Greg Barlow (Wanda), Nashville, TN; 5 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, 11/2 at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel with a funeral immediately to follow at 11 a.m. at Lanier Funeral Home. Interment will be in Mt. Tabor Cemetery.