William "Bill" Wood Sandlin

July 19, 1943December 31, 2020

William “Bill” Wood Sandlin, long time South Belt resident, went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 31, 2020 at the age of 77.

Bill was born in Houston, TX on July 19, 1943. He was preceded in death by his parents, William H. and Martha Sandlin, his brother in law Maurice Samford, and his nephew Paul Shotton.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Shirley Sandlin, son Phil Sandlin and wife Nerissa, daughter Jennifer Kramer and husband Robert, his sister Saundra Samford, and his nephew David Samford. Additionally, he is survived by his much beloved grandchildren Blake Sandlin, Clayton Sandlin, Kelsie Smith, Rachel Smith, Ian Smith, Madison Kramer, Samantha Kramer, Amy Kramer, Morgan Worrell and husband Dustin, and one great-grandchild Maisy Worrell.

Bill graduated from Milby High School in 1962 and after serving in the United States Air Force joined Millwright Local Union 2232. He retired in 2001 after 35 years of service. He and his wife have been faithful members of Sagemont Church since 1979.

Bill was a sports enthusiast which included playing baseball and football in high school. He enjoyed coaching his children in baseball and softball. He was active in all aspects of his children’s lives including FFA with his son. Bill loved the Lord above all things and put others before himself always. Bill will be remembered for his giving heart and his unconditional love for his family. He will be missed dearly and forever in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to or

Graveside Ceremony live streamed at


  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 21, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, January 21, 2021


William "Bill" Wood Sandlin

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Robert Sterett

January 21, 2021

Bill was a great guy! Whenever I saw Bill he always had a smile on his face. And he would make sure you were smiling too! Such a positive person - I will miss him!

Bob Sterett

John Ray

January 18, 2021

I met Bill while working with Phil. Bill was always a very kind soul and never met a stranger. Phil carries that on through his ways of life. Bill always had a smile on his face . I am so deeply saddened by the passing of Bill. My condolences to Shirley and the entire family. God Bless You.

Debbi Davis

January 16, 2021

Met Bill and Shirley 3 years ago at church and they both became very special people in my life. Bill was always fun to be around and his sense of humor will be missed. I know he is in God's hands now and he will be missed here on earth, but know we will meet again when the time is right. I will pray for you Shirley and family.

Wyoma English

January 15, 2021

I went to Milby with Bill. He was a great guy and he played baseball for my brother in law Coach Richards. I know Bill is with the Lord and all of us that knew Bill from Milby will have a great reunion in heaven

Angela Smith

January 15, 2021

I met Bill (& Shirley) when he & my husband Rickey worked as millwrights together. Bill was a great friend & mentor to Rickey. The four of us ate out together many times and played cards afterwards til way past our bedtimes! Bill was such a helpful person to us & others and would quickly volunteer his time & energy if you needed him. As a matter of fact, he & Phil helped move us into our home! And he loved our Down's Syndrome son Rick! They talked about wrestling & the Houston Oilers! And Rick still has a special gift from Bill & the Oilers. When my husband Rickey passed away in Sept. from covid, Bill was the first to call. That's the kind of friend he was. He will be missed.

Pete and Leanne Zamora

January 15, 2021

We have been friends and neighbors the past 17 years and feel blessed to have been a part of his journey in life. Bill always surprised us with treats from their trips to Branson. It was a joy to hear all about it. He loved his family and was very proud of them. Had a twinkle in his eye when he talked about them. Bill never passed up a chance to talk to either of us when we were in the yard and they were going or coming. He loved to talk and we loved his visits. We love you rest in peace.

Anthony Harriaon

January 15, 2021

I first met Bill almost 30 years ago when I was introduced by his son Phil. He was very kind and had a great sense of humor. I could see that he was very proud of his children and he was kind enough to welcome me into his family circle. He was the kind of guy that had the gift of making you feel as if he had known you for years, a trait that his son Phil has carried on. My condolences to the entire Sandlin family, Bill will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have known him.

Marinell Roberts Mendoza

January 15, 2021

I'm so sad to learn of Bill Sandlin's passing. He was a neighbor in the 50's and we attended and graduated from Milby together in 1962. Rest in peace, Friend. As God continues to thin our Milby herd, we look forward to the Hope of Heaven and the greatest reunion ever.

Cindy Neal

January 15, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. I have such wonderful memories of your family growing up! I still think of your parents often when I am visiting my dad. We will be praying for all of you!

Bill Hayman

January 14, 2021

Bub was such a great person. I will miss him dearly. He was a great friend to my mother and father. He was like a big brother, He taught my kids a lot. Godspeed Bub, I hope to see you again.