Mr. Sands died Oct. 1, 2013, following a period of declining health.
Born April 2, 1934 in Lanett, Ala., he was the son of the late T.C. and Mary Emma Weldon Sands. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Jeannie Sands; brothers, Robert Charles Sands and Fred Sands; and sisters, Keron Sands and Jackie S. Newsome.
After graduating from high school, Mr. Sands attended Young Harris College where he excelled in basketball and baseball. He later graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Piedmont College and his master’s degree from the University of Georgia. Mr. Sands was a teacher in the Habersham County School System. After retiring, he worked various part-time jobs until his health started declining in 2010.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Florence Whisenant Sands of Clarkesville; son, Phillip “Phil” Sands of Helen; sister Susan Tingle (Phillip); nieces, Laura and Cinthia; and nephew, Robert “Bobby” Sands.
Those wishing may send condolences at hillsidememorialchapel.com.
Funeral arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville.
The Northeast Georgian
Friday, October 4, 2013