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July 17, 1918 –  February 9, 2012 Mr. Jim J. Sanford, 93 year old Bells resident, died at his home in Bells, Thursday, February 9, 2012. Jim was born July 17, 1918 to parents, Thomas Jefferson and Minnie Ola (Huggins) Sanford on his family farm in Bells.Jim was a member of Cherrymound Baptist Church and retired from W.J. Smith Wood Preserving Company after 30 years of service. After retirement, he was a farmer and rancher on his family farm in Bells.
On June 13, 1953 Jim married his sweetheart, Laura Mason in Denison. Laura survives him as well as his son, Lee Stevens and wife Pam of Quinlan; daughter, Sherry Kelley of Bells; sister, Bonnie Lashley of Lawton, OK; seven grandchildren, Don Garner, Craig Stevens, Renee Cribbs, Anthony Stevens, Leah Holland, Jordan Carter, Jared Kelley and Justin Kelley and six great granchildren. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, son, Richard Stevens and 11 brothers and sisters.
Funeral services for Mr. Sanford will be 10:00 A.M., Monday, February 13, 2012 at Mullican-Little Funeral Chapel, Bells, TX. Officiating the service will be Reverend Mike Hermanson and Reverend Roy Duff with burial at Cherrymound Cemetery. The family request that memorials be made to Guardian Hospice, 320 N. Travis St., Ste 308, Sherman, TX. 75090
The family will be at the funeral home from 5-6pm on Sunday, February 12 to visit with friends.