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David E. "PaPa" Sanford

October 23, 1935 ~ August 9, 2017 (age 81)

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     Mr. David E. “Papa” Sanford, age 81, of Lanett, AL passed away on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at his residence.

     Mr. Sanford is survived by his daughter, Dottie (Vince) Johnson; his son, Alvin E. (Melissa) Sanford; his two granddaughters, April Johnson and Karla Sanford; his great granddaughter, Lexi Sanford; and his special nephew, Elbert (Lily) McCarley.

     He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Sanford; four siblings, Ben Sanford, Alvin L. Sanford, Nellie Ruth McCarley, and Ellen Ogle.

     Mr. Sanford was born on October 23, 1935 in Alexander City, AL to the late Bennett and Dixie Sanford. He was a member of Huguley Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean War. After the war he served in the National Guard for a number of years. He was a generous man who enjoyed helping others and working in his garden. He loved his dogs.

     Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 11:00 AM (EST) at the graveside in Hillcrest Cemetery in Lanett, AL. The Rev. Eugene McCarley will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM (EST) at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Lanett.

     Please visit our website at to leave a condolence for his family, share a memory of Mr. Sanford, or to light a Remembrance Candle in his memory.

     Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Lanett directing.

 Service Information

August 11, 2017

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Lanett
610 South 8th Avenue
Lanett, AL 36863

Graveside Service
August 12, 2017

11:00 AM
Hillcrest Cemetery
Country Club Road
Lanett, Alabama 36863

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