George Raymond (Buddy) Sandlin Jr.

September 18, 1927 ~ June 12, 2018 (age 90)

George Raymond (Buddy) Sandlin, Jr.

On June 12, 2018, at his home in Hokes Bluff, AL, and after 90 years of living life to ensure that most everyone had a good “Buddy Sandlin” story to share, God called Buddy to his eternal home in Heaven. More stories may be shared in his memory on Friday, June 15 from 9am-11am during visitation at Glencoe-Hokes Bluff Funeral Home. Funeral is at 11. Burial will follow at Crestwood.

George R. Sandlin, Jr. was born on September 18, 1927 to George Raymond and Maver Sandlin, and married Mary Ruth Coffelt in 1948.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Wanda, his sister, Hilda (Elmer) Dailey, and his mother and father in law, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Coffelt.

G.R. fittingly became known as Buddy at an early age because he was a friend to most, despite being known as one of the toughest, hardest working men most had ever met. No one questioned their standing with Buddy; they knew exactly where they stood. He was a man of his word and expected nothing less in return. Buddy welcomed people from all walks of life and believed that most deserved several chances. He appreciated a back patio or house full of company; old and new friends, neighbors, and especially his great-grandchildren. His smile was contagious, and his laugh was dominating, just as his natural presence.

Buddy proudly served our great country in the Navy during the Korean War, and provided for his family with 40 years of service at Goodyear, all while owning a poultry farm and meat processing business. He provided loyal customers from several counties with his well known sausage. After retirement, Buddy and Mary Ruth enjoyed the next 16 years by traveling across the US, Alaska, and Canada.

Although there are countless friends, loved ones, and fellow members of Hokes Bluff 1st United Methodist Church who will deeply miss Buddy, there is a peace in knowing he accepted Jesus as his savior 20 years ago.

Buddy is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mary Ruth Sandlin; daughter, Kathy (Joe) Kirkland, Columbia, S.C.; son, Larry (Donna) Sandlin, Hokes Bluff, AL; grandchildren, Tracey Johnson, Steven (Lisa) Baker, both of S.C.; Erin (Taylor) Morgan and Jessica (Daylon) Staton, both of Hokes Bluff, AL; great-grandchildren, Breighlyn, Dylan, Laiden, Landon, Dean, Mazely, Joshua, Julia, Andrew, and Dalton; and chosen family, Martha Reeves.

Pallbearers will be Steven Baker, Dylan Lancaster, Taylor Morgan, Daylon Staton, Danny Coffelt, and Dennis Coffelt.

Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Mann and Joe Kirkland.

The family has been blessed with overwhelming support and love, and is forever grateful for Martha Reeves, who enabled Buddy to live as independently as possible in his own home.

A special thanks to Comfort Care Hospice for enhancing the quality of the journey with compassionate care over the past year and stepping in as extended family (La’Tisha, Mackenzie, Michelle, Faynita, Bro. Rodney, and Sammye Bradley, NP), and also to Dr. Oluwole Akisanya and First Care Medical Staff.

Thank you all for the wonderful visits, phone calls, messages, and food provided.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hokes Bluff 1st United Methodist Church.

Romans 8:35-39

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