OBITUARY

Robert Byron Sanford Jr.

August 30, 1947June 18, 2018
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Robert Byron Sanford Jr. was an honorable man who passed away on June 18, 2018 in Tyler, TX and was born on August 30, 1947 in Tyler, TX. Bob Jr. was proceeded in death by his parents Robert Byron Sanford Sr. and Evelyn J. Sanford. He is survived by the love of his life, Charlotte Chandler Sanford of 38 wonderful years. He is also survived by his two daughters, Yvonne Sanford of Scottsdale, Arizona and Mary Ellen and Frank Dungca with four grandchildren; Aren, Angel, Ari, Adelina of Milton, Florida. His sister Leanna Frnka, brother in law James Frnka, and niece Jolyn Frnka all from Carrollton, Texas. His nephew Byron and wife Taylor Miller with two great nieces of East Texas. His two cousins Judy Tarrant and Janie Roberts of Tyler, Texas. Bob traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and different countries with his family while his dad served in the Air Force. In traveling, he attended nineteen different schools. He finished his last three years in San Angelo, Texas. Bob “Lefty” was known as an exceptional fast curveball pitcher causing a lot of no hitter games. Bob met his bride to be Charlotte, a deputy constable, at the time while working on her car as an automotive mechanic at Courtesy Pontiac in Tyler, Texas. This is where their love story began. He opened his own automotive shop in 1981. It was opened for 28 years on their property here in Tyler. Later on, Bob began to travel locally and out of state to teach automotive technology. Bob was introduced to Jesus by his precious wife. He then obeyed the gospel of Christ and became a member of the Church of Christ. Bob was full of life and involved in many organizations; Tyler Hamm Radio, Sky Warn (Past President), Tyler Bicycle Club (Past President), a member of Tyler Patriot Guard & Tyler Yacht Club. He was a part of ASE where he was a Certified Master Technician on cars and trucks. Last but not least he had a passion for helping young children while serving in Boy Scouts of America. A past time of Bob’s was deer hunting and fishing. He loved to go camping with his wife. They started tent camping then proceeded to move into an RV. They traveled to National/State Parks in and out of Texas accompanied by their cute fur babies. Pallbearers include Marvin Hollingsworth III, Marvin Hollingsworth Jr., Mark Taylor, Brad Shaw, Andrew Siler, Terry Gimble, John Newman, and Todd Fleischer. Family and friends are encouraged to join and celebrate the beautiful life of Robert Byron Sanford Jr. this Thursday from 6-8pm at Tyler Memorial on Hwy 64 West (refreshments will be served). The funeral is set to take place at Tyler Memorial this Friday, June 29, 2018 at 10:00am.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, June 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 29, 2018
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Nathan Coulter

June 25, 2018

Bob Sanford came to San Angelo as a sophomore at Central High School. He started as a very good left hand pitcher on our JV team. I was the left handed junior who announced games for SACHS varsity baseball team. Even though gifted as an athlete, Bob was low key, humble & sincere, never seeking attention or acclaim.

Seems like the black Ford Bob drove was maybe a few years newer than my first '50 model Ford; he often drove us both to school.At lunch time we would head out to a burger Joint over across from Lee Junior High School. A day before my birthday on November 22, 1963, we went up to the window to get hamburgers/fries.

The girl at the window stunned us passing on that President Kennedy was shot. As reactions differed at that pivotal moment, Bob expressed support for the President, which spoke much of his sincere loyalty to country.

Another memory came about 2 years after high school was over for me as Bob came through San Angelo from where he was attending school. He made a stop at my house & spoke to my mother after which she related his visit as the sole friend to ever stop there to find out about me. Sad to have missed his visit as I was then in Utah at BYU getting ready to leave for Peru on a church mission.

It was so good to know of his thoughtful act as that visit was our last contact until 3 years back when he sought me out on Facebook. We then exchanged a few messages back and forth in which he spoke of his hobby in astronomy with acknowledgement of the Creator. I had in mind to catch up with him on a future trip down Texas way when we come to see relatives. That did not happen in time, and now will await a day of glory for that reunion.

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Biography

Robert Byron Sanford Jr. passed away on June 18, 2018 in Tyler, Texas and was born on August 30, 1947 in Tyler, Texas.

Bob Jr. was preceded in death by his parents Robert Byron Sanford Sr. and Evelyn J. Sanford.

He is survived by the love of his life, Charlotte Chandler Sanford of 38 wonderful years. He is also survived by his two daughters, Yvonne Sanford of Scottsdale, Arizona and Mary Ellen and Frank Dungca with four grandchildren: Aren, Angel, Ari, and Adelina of Milton, Florida. His sister Leanna Frnka, brother-in-law James Frnka, and niece Jolyn Frnka all from Carrollton, Texas. His nephew Byron and wife Taylor Miller with two great nieces of East Texas. His two cousins Judy Tarrant and Janie Roberts of Tyler, Texas.

Bob traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and different countries with his family while his dad served in the Air Force. In traveling, he attended nineteen different schools. He finished his last three years in San Angelo, Texas. Bob “Lefty” was known as an exceptional fast curveball pitcher causing a lot of no hitter games.

Bob met his bride to be Charlotte, a deputy constable, at the time while working on her car as an automotive mechanic at Courtesy Pontiac in Tyler, Texas. This is where their love story began.

He opened his own automotive shop in 1981. It was opened for 28 years on their property here in Tyler. Later on, Bob began to travel locally and out of state to teach automotive technology.

Bob was introduced to Jesus by his precious wife. He then became involved in a couple of churches in the surrounding areas of Lindale and Tyler, Texas.

Bob was full of life and involved in many organizations; Tyler Hamm Radio, Sky Warn (Past President), Tyler Bicycle Club (Past President), a member of Tyler Patriot Guard & Tyler Yacht Club. He was a part of ASE where he was a Certified Master Technician on cars and trucks. Last but not least he had a passion for helping young children while serving in Boy Scouts of America and Teen Mania.

A past time of Bob’s was deer hunting and fishing. He loved to go camping with his wife. They started tent camping then proceeded to move into an RV. They traveled to National/State Parks in and out of Texas accompanied by their cute fur babies.

Pallbearers include Marvin Hollingsworth III, Marvin Hollingsworth Jr., Mark Taylor, Brad Shaw, Andrew Siler, Terry Gimble, John Newman, and Todd Fleischer.

Family and friends are encouraged to join and celebrate the beautiful life of Robert Byron Sanford Jr. this Thursday from 6-8pm at Tyler Memorial on Hwy 64 West (refreshments will be served). The funeral is set to take place at Tyler Memorial this Friday, June 29, 2018 at 10:00am.