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Thurman Edward Sanford

March 21, 1937 ~ October 11, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Thurman Sanford Obituary

Thurman Edward Sanford, 86, of Center, Texas, passed away on October 11, 2023, surrounded by loved ones. He was born on March 21, 1937, in Center, Texas, to the late Arlon Otis Sanford and Alice Virginia (Cain) Sanford. 

Honoring his wishes to be cremated, the family plans to spread his ashes in the Piney woods of East Texas.

Thurman was born and raised in Shelby County. He joined the workforce and moved to the Fort Worth area. He met the love of his life, Oleta, and the two were married in 1961. They raised three wonderful children. After retiring from Tarrant County Pct. 3., they returned to Shelby County and have made their home here. They have spent over 62 years together. Thurman loved the Pineywoods. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, raising farm animals, and just about anything outdoors. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, great grands, and great-great grands. His love will be missed by many.

He is survived by his wife,

Oleta Sanford


Lonnie Edward Sanford and wife Lisette


Linda Marie Taylor and husband Thomas

Larissa Maylene Harris and husband Ben


Arlon Sanford Jr.


Guelda Sanford


Dalyn Hart and husband Chad

Curtis Harris and wife Lindsey

Courtney Sanford

Landon Sanford

Laila Sanford

Tiffani Howard and husband Dennis

Dakota Harris and wife Katie

Ruben Lamb and wife Monique

10 Great Grandchildren

1 Great-Great Grandchildren and 2 on the way

Thurman is preceded in death by his parents, Arlon and Alice Sanford; brothers, Olen Lee Sanford, Raymond Glen Sanford and wife Susan, Floyd Alvin Sanford, and an infant brother.

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