William Andrew Sanford

Male 1944 - 2015  (70 years)

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  • Name William Andrew Sanford 
    Born 28 Oct 1944  Southampton Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Virginia Department of Health; Richmond, Virginia; Virginia, Births, 1864-2016

      Name: William Andrew Sanford
      Birth Date: 28 Oct 1944
      Birth Place: Southampton, Virginia
      Certificate Number: 1944052344
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Mar 2015  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ancestry.com. U.S., Obituary Collection, 1930-Current [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.

      Name: William Andrew Sanford
      Gender: Male
      Death Age: 70
      Birth Date: 28 Oct 1944
      Residence Place: Providence Forge, Virginia
      Death Date: 27 Mar 2015
      Death Place: Providence Forge, Virginia
      Obituary Date: 16 May 2015
      Spouse: Karen

      29-30 March, 2015; The Progress-Index


      William "Bill" Andrew Sanford, 70, of Charles City, VA, formerly of Petersburg, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015.

      He attended Petersburg High School and graduated in 1963.
      His father, James Sanford, was also a plumber. He loved and adored his mother Louise.

      Billy owned Sanford Mechanical which provided services to ICI (now DuPont) for more than 20 years where his friend of 40 years, Danny Wiggins, worked by his side. While at ICI, Billy developed a close friendship with Frank and his wife Odelia. This 40 year friendship included annual fellowship over Thanksgiving dinners and enjoying Frank's famous Brunswick stew.

      Billy was a thinker who loved to design and fabricate the part(s) needed to repair or improve any situation. He was a perfectionist who took pride in his completed work. He loved gadgets and even after retirement, Billy helped his brother Cliff and nephew Jimmy with some of their projects in their mechanical business. The three of them had a strong bond of being there for each other as often as they could. Bill cared deeply for his brother and had great respect and admiration for his nephew. Karen has often said that Bill felt like Jimmy was more like a son to him than a nephew.

      Billy probably completed more on his bucket list than most of us ever will. He enjoyed a 2-week trip with his brother who piloted a small plane. They visited several small Bahamian islands. He's had numerous boats of all shapes, sizes and power. He spent much of his life on the ocean or on the James River. Upon his return, if he didn't have fish, he had a story. Many of the fishing stories included JJ. We'll just say they had many boating ?adventures.? One of Billy's fishing dreams came true when he traveled to Costa Rica with a long-time friend, Donnie Burton. Billy, JJ, Cliff, Donnie, and nephew Jimmy enjoyed fishing adventures in the Keys and Bahamas as well.

      Billy loved riding his motorcycle and rode as far as Miami to Maine where his sister Bettie lives. Billy enjoyed local riding with his pastor but only if he could ride in front of him due to Randy's Harley being so loud that it would drown out Billy's music. He also shared a very special relationship with his nephew, Gary, that included many motorcycle rides together and his niece, Elizabeth, who was very active in his life.

      Racing was Billy's second passion after fishing. He was a racing fan and enjoyed the thrill of watching his nephew, "Little Dave" race a dragster. Billy frequently rode his motorcycle to the races at Southside Speedway and Langley. He befriended Michael (a police officer), Michael's girlfriend and father; they enjoyed sitting together at weekly races.

      However, what Billy loved more than anything is Karen, his wife of 31 years. His last conversation with Karen this past week included "I may not have done everything right, but I always tried to do my best." Billy and Karen started every morning with a cup of coffee sitting side by side discussing the needs of the day or just silently being together. They supported each other throughout all of their responsibilities and shared the joys of the fruits of their labor. They spent many years enjoying their cottage at Boiling Springs Lake that Billy and JJ built. They looked forward to little things like snorkeling or sitting on the beach sharing fresh conch salad prepared by a Bahamian they befriended 20 years ago. Billy knew in his heart that Karen is committed to caring for her elderly mother, Judy. Billy devoted much of his time willingly and lovingly helping Karen with errands such as doctor and hair appointments for Judy. Billy had the true spirit of a loving husband doing all he could to make Karen's life secure and happy. They mutually shared their devotion for Blossom Mae their 13 year old puppy, often calling each other when apart and "speaking" to Blossom over the phone.

      Karen and Bill had 31 years of annual holiday celebrations with family and friends. For years they had an annual Halloween party for his grandson and 5 nieces and nephews. They loved sharing in the joys of birthday parties, attending the circus and other events with their 4 nieces and continuing the tradition with their 4 young grandnieces, nephew and granddaughter. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners will have a missing place setting, but there will be fun memories of Bill's love of food that include roasted oysters, JJ's barbeque, seafood, wings and again, Frank's famous stew.

      Although Karen and Billy never had children of their own, they shared their love for Billy's daughter Stephanie and granddaughter Lulu. He was proud of Stephanie's work as a physical therapist assistant. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree and Billy and Stephanie had a father/daughter bond of love, care and humor. Stephanie's eyes light up as she shares some stories of her dad's mischievous and teasing ways. He was so proud to participate in his later years with Lulu's spiritual growth and interest in the church and church camp.

      Billy had a strong faith in the Lord and built a stronger faith over the last ten years as a member of Christ Community Church. Billy loved attending church and the fellowship socials. What he enjoyed most was the annual Iron Sharpens Iron men's fellowship retreat. Billy helped many people by contributing his plumbing, carpentry, and mechanic skills on mission trips with the church.
      Billy's love for God, family, friends, and community made Billy whole. I believe what Karen said is true when some of her last words to him were that she would be there when he took his last breath and at that same time he would be with God.

      Pain, sickness, suffering are hard to understand and leave so many of us asking why. Faith, love, hope are fruits of the spirit and this is what Billy believed until his last breath. Farewell William, Bill, Uncle Billy, Billy Sanford- The Plumber.

      William is survived by his wife of 31 years Karen Sanford; a daughter Stephanie Thompson; a granddaughter Mallory Thompson; a brother Clifton Sanford; a sister Bettie Johnson and many nieces and nephews.

      A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Vincent Funeral Home, 9923 Pocahontas Trail, Providence Forge, VA 23140. The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. prior to the memorial service.

      In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Community Church, 9001 Richmond Road, Toano, VA 23168.
    Person ID I36492  Master File
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2020 

    Father James Andrew Sanford,   b. 27 Feb 1912, Petersburg, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1979, Petersburg, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Mary Louis Gibbs,   b. 7 Aug 1915, Dinwiddie Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1984, Petersburg, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Family ID F407  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Ann Page Hold 
    Married 17 Nov 1963  Dillon, Dillon Co. SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced 22 Jan 1981  Petersburg, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Virginia Department of Health; Richmond, Virginia; Virginia Divorce Records, 1918-2014

      Name: William Andrew Sanford
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Divorce Age: 36
      Birth Date: 28 Oct 1944
      Marriage Date: 17 Nov 1963
      Marriage Place: Dillon, SC
      Divorce Date: 22 Jan 1981
      Divorce Place: Petersburg, Virginia
      Spouse: Ann Page Holt
      Certificate Number: 1981000357
      Number of Children: 1
     1. Stephanie Sanford
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F410  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Karen Elizabeth Wood 
    Married 2 Mar 1984  Petersburg, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Virginia Department of Health; Richmond, Virginia; Virginia, Marriages, 1936-2014; Roll: 101172928

      Name: William Andrew Sanford
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Age: 39
      Birth Date: 28 Oct 1944
      Marriage Registration Place: Petersburg, Virginia
      Marriage Date: 2 Mar 1984
      Marriage Place: Petersburg, Virginia
      Father: James Andrew Sanford
      Mother: Mary Louise Gibbs
      Spouse: Karen Wood Clark
      Gender: Female
      Race: White
      Age: 26
      Birth Date: 27 Jan 19**
      Father: Walter Finley Wood
      Mother: Jutta Annerose Heising
      Certificate Number: 1984007321
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F408  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart