Bobby Don Sanford


Visitation Details

Service Details
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM 7:00 PM
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Bordwine Funeral Home Bordwine Funeral Home
203 Ohio Ave., Etowah, Tn 37331 203 Ohio Ave., Etowah, TN 37331
Interment Green Hill Cemetery
Sunday, September 17, 2017 2:00 PM











Bobby Don Sanford, age 78 of Etowah, TN, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017. He was a member of North Etowah Baptist Church. Bobby served in the U.S. Army and retired from CSX Railroad. He is preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Cora Sanford and sister-in-law, Dorthy Sanford.

Survivors include wife, Willa Daugherty Sanford of Etowah, TN; sons and daughters-in-laws, Steve Anthony and Teresa Cole Sanford of Etowah, TN and Roger Don and Kathy Hicks Sanford of Delano, TN; brother, Tommy Eugene Sanford; niece, Shauna Sanford Howell; grandchildren, Mark Anthony Sanford, Marcey Sanford Allen and husband Ryan, and Max Bull; great-grandchild, Jace Owen Allen; and special caregivers, Tonia Johnson, Amedisys Hospice, Stephanie, Carrie, Melissa, and Audrey.

Funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, September 16, 2017 in the chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Wade officiating. Family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday prior to the service. His Sunday School classmates will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends will meet at Green Hill Cemetery, Sunday, September 17, 2017 for the 2:00 p.m. committal service. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations be made out to North Etowah Baptist Church’s Children Department renovations, 231 Pennsylvania Ave. Etowah, TN 37331.





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  1. Edward Hawkins October 20, 2017

    Although the sun is shining, my day is cloudy having just learned of Bobby’s passing when I called Willa to inform her of the passing of one of our other cousins who lived in Lenoir City. It was then that she informed of Bobby’s passing last month. I was blessed to have Bobby also call me ‘for work’ at times when he had the territories that I ran on at CSX out of Louisvillle. When he had any (x-tra) time, we could ‘catch up’ on family ‘news’ or get to talk ‘sports’, or railroad ‘news’ that we both might be affected by for a few precious minutes after he had given me my ‘call’ for work. When I last spoke with him in June, I had high hopes that he would recover & looked forward to seeing him when he did. But, getting the news today was a double shock in light of the passing of my other cousin on Tuesday. Rest well dear friend, I will miss you & valued knowing you all these many years. My best always to Willa & ‘the boys’.

  2. Angela Blassingame Quinn October 5, 2017

    Dear Sanford Family,
    I have haven’t lived in Etowah for over 35yrs. now, but I did have the honor of seeing Bobby just a few years back when I came up and helped Daddy with one of the railroad reunions that they hold at the depot. It was great to put a face to “that voice”. I told him then that I hoped he realized how much families like mine had always appreciated his ability to be cheerful with his greetings even at 3 a.m. It takes a special person to have the job of waking half a town in the middle of the night and come out without any enemies but Bobby did it, and did it well. He will be missed by all the friends he made.
    God bless you all, you are in our prayers and I know my Daddy, Harvey Blassingame would want me to tell you this as well.

  3. Priscilla Cornwall September 17, 2017

    Thinking of you and praying for your strength and peace of heart.

  4. Kim Shugart Farris September 17, 2017

    So sorry for your loss. Bobby was such a kind man and I always will remember many great memories. Your family is in my prayers
    Much love to all

  5. Grover L and Vicki Croft September 16, 2017

    Steve and rest of Sanford family . We are sorry to hear of your loss with the passing of Bobby. We wish you the best and pray for each of you as you move forward in your daily life. Keep his faith in your heart as he would want each of you to do so.

    Love Vicki and Grover Croft

  6. Don Peterson September 16, 2017

    Great guy we all liked.

  7. Steve Law September 16, 2017

    For the many years that Bobby was crew caller in Etowah if there was a special event in one of your children’s lifves, Bobby would do all he could to see you were home for it. Good man with a good heart.

  8. Melissa September 16, 2017

    So sorry for your loss he will be missed greatly. Melissa and Audrey with amedisys hospice

  9. Phillip Harris September 15, 2017

    Fond memories of him growing up at the May Meeting and the family Christmas parties.

  10. Louise Duckworth September 15, 2017

    Steve, Teresa and all the family. I am so saddened by Bobby’s passing. May our Heavenly Father wrap each of you in His loving arms, and give you comfort and strength as only He can. You will all be in my prayers.
    With much love,

  11. Faye Melton Bearden September 15, 2017

    Love and prayers to you all. I have many special memories of our time in Terrace Hills as neighbors.

  12. David Tuggle September 14, 2017

    So sorry to hear of Bobby’s passing. He was great man and it was a pleasure to know him. I always enjoyed seeing and working with him. My thoughts and prayers to his family.

  13. lynn moates ditmore September 14, 2017

    Steve and Roger,I m very sorry to hear of your dads passing. Keeping you in my prayers.

  14. Sherry Stair September 14, 2017

    Willa, Steve, Roger and family,
    My heart hurts for you all! Love Bobby & Willa and want every forget the good times we had growing up at NEBC and all the get togethers we had at the Sanford house. I will not be able to be there this weekend because I will be out of town, but you all will be in my thoughts and prayers! Love and Hugs to you all!
    Sherry Stone Stair


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