John William Sanderfer III

July 2, 1955May 17, 2020
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John William Sanderfer III passed away in the evening of Sunday, May 17 after succumbing to challenges related to a severe stroke in 2019. His long struggle is over and he is once again at peace.

He is survived by his daughter Sarah (husband Matthew), his son Justin (wife Laura), his mom Ann (husband Mickey), his sister Ardie (husband Steve), his partner Roxanne (daughter Kimberly), and many family and friends too numerous to list but not forgotten. He was 64 years of age.

John was born in July 1955 in Eatonton, Georgia. After following in his father's footsteps and proudly serving in the United States Army, John spent many years working with Rollins Inc, as well as Peachford Behavioral Health.

John Sanderfer would be the first to tell you that he was a simple man. Whether spending quiet time by a lake with his fishing pole, enjoying a meal with his family, or strumming Eagles songs on his guitar, John lived every day on his terms. His fierce loyalty knew no bounds, and his son and daughter were the light of his life and his greatest accomplishments. He never met a stranger and he welcomed his children's spouses into the family, no questions asked, as well as their closest friends. If you needed a laugh, a story, or some sage advice, John delivered every time.

We will remember him for his jokes, his love of strawberry milkshakes and smoked wings, and the Classic Rock music that seemed to follow him wherever he went; along with a jovial "Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout!" in agreement.

A small private funeral service will be held on Sunday, May 24 at Roswell Funeral Home, and will be streamed for the public. A larger traditional memorial service at the National Cemetery, open to all family and friends, will be held at a later date.

There is a GoFundMe organized by Jennifer McKinney which will help with final expenses and sponsor a local memorial for John:


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David Hipsley

May 26, 2020

I'll miss you, Brother John. The good times we had here at the Learning Center (and the Waffle House) will always stay with me. Save me a spot in the 68 blue Camaro, brother, we got places to visit!

Jeff Rethmel

May 24, 2020

John was one of the coolest cats I ever had a chance to work with at Orkin. We worked on some fun projects together in his time at the training center and his “Git er done” positive attitude always made me smile and kept us all upbeat at work. He will be sorely missed in this world. Rest In Peace my friend! 🤙🏻

Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery

May 23, 2020

The staff of Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery would like to extend our most sincere condolence to the Sanderfer Family. We would like to thank you for entrusting the care of your love one into our hands. Please remember you are not alone and we will always be here for you.

Sonya Hood

May 22, 2020

John was one of my favorite friends in Orkin. His constant smile and positive attitude never let me down. We spent many of years laughing about training and Orkin stories from branch to branch. I will always remember him telling me, “things will work out Sonya. Things will work out. “ and you know what. They did! Love you John and you will always be in my heart and a friend to me. Rest easy my friend. You deserve it. Love you.

Lisa Weidmaier

May 22, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have such fond memories of working with John to create a leadership training program. He always made me laugh! He was also so proud of his family and told the best stories! May he rest in peace.

Shaun Hallaran

May 22, 2020

John was one of my best "people" mentors. We had a lot of fun working together.

Kim Grissom

May 21, 2020

Billy, I treasure my memories of the time we were both living in our grandparents house. You were 8 and I was 5. Most 8 year old boys would have never wanted a 5 year old tagging along but you never minded. We would pick up soda bottles along the road and walk to the Handy Andy to turn them in for money to buy candy. As adults we loved reminiscing on all of our good times, you may have left this earth but a piece of you will always live in my heart! Positive thoughts and prayers are sent to all family member's and friends, you will be missed dearly. I love you, Billy!

Carol Hall

May 20, 2020

John (Billy to most of us) and I grew up together and as kids we spent many long summer days playing together at Aunt Virgie's house and riding bicycles. I remember playing hide and seek in the yard, playing with a farm set on the living room floor, building forts and cabins with Lincoln Logs, and having peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and doing all the normal "kid stuff". We were very close and usually where one of us was, you would find the other one. We were more like brother and sister than cousins. It broke my heart when he moved away, and we pretty much lost touch with each other, but he was never out of my heart and mind, and he never will be. I love you Billy and miss you.

Carla Roberts Pryor

May 19, 2020

Billy was a good friend growing up across the street from us on Childs Street in Gray. In the summertime of the early 60’s, I remember standing at the street sign at the corner of his Grandparent’s house where Billy lived and yelling his name out, “BILLY SANDERFER THE THIRD” in a melodic tune and he would come running out with the screen door slamming behind him. We all played together everyday all summer long. It was reminiscent of the days of Jem and Scout and Dill. It was great. Rest In Peace, Billy Sanderfer the third.

Patricia Sanderfer Reinoso

May 19, 2020

I wish I could be with you at this time, to give you a hug and remind you I will always be here for you if you need me and will always hold you in my heart. I am glad there are so many wonderful people who loved him and love you that are nearby. No sweeter or kinder person ever lived than our John (Billy) and that is a wonderful legacy to leave in this world. My prayers for comfort are for all of you who loved him, too.


Justin and John and his wedding


Justin’s Graduation


At the Brookwood Homecoming Game


Margaret, John, and Justin


Justin and Laura’s Wedding


Justin and John at his wedding


Father’s Day


John and Justin


John and Justin

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