Doyle Wheeler Sandifer, Sr., 86, of Bluefield, VA (Abbs Valley), passed away Monday, September 25, 2017 at his home. Born in Harrogate, TN he was the son of the late Paris and Odell Sandifer. He was a member of the Abbs Valley Baptist Church and of the Local Union No. 7635 District 17 UMWA. He was a Past Master of the Masonic Lodge No 240 in Pocahontas, VA. Doyle was employed by US Steel and hauled heavy equipment for them. He was also an avid cattleman.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by four brothers, Bill, Earl, Jim and Ancil Sandifer and four sisters, Opal Williams, Inez Brittain, Barbara Sue Britton and Patsy Jo Ayers.
Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Janet Sandifer of sixty-two years of the home; children Christine Dickens of Shallotte, NC, Edward Sandifer and wife Deborah of Bluefield, VA (Abbs Valley), Velvet Lambert and husband Dennis of Bluefield, VA (Abbs Valley), Charlotte White and husband Byron of Raleigh, NC, Doyle Sandifer, Jr and wife Diana of Bluefield, VA (Abbs Valley), Rachel McKinney and husband Kevin of Winfield, WV and Rena Remines of Bluefield, VA; brother Wayne Sandifer and wife Beverly of Cumberland Gap, TN; sisters Bobbie Lou and Rev. Johnny Bussell of Dundee, MI and Bonnie Mae Sumpter of Sarasota, FL; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-four great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of friends.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Rodriguez Funeral Home in Pocahontas, VA with the Rev. Paul Baker and Rev. Dennis Lambert officiating.
Interment will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, VA.
Friends may call Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 6 to 9 pm at the Rodriguez Funeral Home in Pocahontas, VA.
Pallbearers will be Kenton Sandifer, Jordan McKinney, Bryan Myers, Kenny Goins, Jr, David Childress and Marc Gaumond. Honorary Pallbearers will be Clifford Bowman, Woody Creasy, Kim Billips, Rudy Sheets, Clovis Cox and Ralph Childress.
Donations may be made to Abbs Valley Baptist Church 125 Lee Street, Bluefield, VA 24605 or Legacy Hospice 1963 2nd St. Richlands, VA 24641.
Published on September 28, 2017