He was born and raised in Empire. Sandlin was a graduate of Howard College (Samford University) and the University of Alabama. He also studied at the University of Colorado, Duke University and Tulane University. He was a World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Army First Calvary in Japan in 1945-1947.
He wrote the history of the first hundred years of the First Baptist Church of Jasper, entitled “A Century of Caring and Sharing,” in 1978. He helped organize the Walker County Heritage Association and served as the first president.
Sandling was a Sunday School teacher for many years, a Boy Scout leafer, RA leader and coached Little League ball. He had a great love and passion for working with young people. He loved to travel and visited many countries.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Monroe and Ila Sandlin; son, John Michael Sandlin; brother, Howard Sandlin; sisters, Lorene Phillips and Nadrene Sandlin.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marie Sandlin; daughters, Connie Sandling Putney and Carla Sandlin Thompson; grandsons, Josh Thompson, Michael Stubbs, Pete Stubbs and Alex Stubbs; three great-grandchildren and a host of extended family and friends.
Funeral services will be at Kilgore-Green Funeral Home, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at 2 p.m. with visitation beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Honorary pallbearers will be former students, Boy Scout Troop 117, Empire RAs and Don Morrison’s Sunday School class.
Kilgore-Green Funeral Home, Inc., Jasper; (205) 384-5533