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Monday August 22nd, 2022
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Ruffin-Stacey Baptist Church
Tuesday August 23rd, 2022

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Ruffin Cemetery
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Sanford Oliver Lipford

Sanford Oliver Lipford, 90, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away Saturday, August 20, 2022, at UNC Rockingham Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center.

Mr. Lipford was born January 31, 1932 in Gravel Hill, Virginia to James and Mamie Lipford.  He was the third of nine children.  After graduation from Ruffin High School, he served two years in the US Army.  Upon completion of service, he graduated from Danville Technical Institute.  Sanford was a retiree from American Tobacco Company, where he worked for 30 years. 

On August 14, 1954, he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Jean Wright of Ruffin, NC.  They were married 68 years. Together they raised three children, Robin Dale, Lu Anne, and Mark Alan.  He was a member of the Ruffin Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years, including serving as Treasurer and Chief.  Mr. Lipford was a member of Ruffin Stacey Baptist Church.

Sanford enjoyed camping, cruises, and traveling and over the years visited 48 states and several Canadian provinces.  He and Barbara went on several cruises, including Alaska and through the Panama Canal.  He also enjoyed fishing on the North Carolina coast and has been known to spend a full weekend in the mountains pitching horseshoes with his friends.

Along with his parents, Sanford is preceded in death by his sisters, Elsie and Doris, brothers, Curtis, Claude and Ben, and his daughter Lu Anne.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, two sons, Robin and wife, Linda, Mark and wife, Deborah; five grandchildren, Kevin and wife Logan, Kory, Rachel, Michael and Charles; and two great grandchildren, Lena and Kaden.  He is also survived by two brothers, Jack and Dillard (Mack) and his sister, Zona Oakes.

The family will receive friends Monday, August 22, 2022 from 6-8 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home and other times at the residence, 338 Mayfield Road, Ruffin.  Funeral services will be on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, at Ruffin Stacey Baptist Church at 11 a.m. with a graveside service afterward at Ruffin Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ruffin Stacey Baptist Church, 261 Estes Road, Ruffin, NC  27326 or Ruffin Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 204, Ruffin. NC  27326.  The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at UNC Rockingham Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center for their exceptional care and support.

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Barbara, I am so sorry for your loss of Sanford. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Charlotte Griner Aug 28 2022 4:26 PM

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Lucille Martin Aug 26 2022 4:52 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Sanford Lipford

Auman and Pam French Aug 25 2022 9:07 PM

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Steve and Carmon Collie Aug 25 2022 10:31 AM

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Mike and Polly Gamblin Aug 24 2022 7:58 PM

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Wayne and Judy Dickerson Aug 24 2022 7:37 AM

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LaVerne C Pegram Aug 24 2022 1:05 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sanford Lipford

Sherri Parks Aug 23 2022 7:03 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Sanford Lipford

Diane Scearce Aug 23 2022 4:41 PM

Dear Barbara Jean,
I am so sorry for your great loss. I grew up at Mayfield with the Lipford family and I know you married a good man. You have
been exceptional with your loving care for Sanford when he needed you the
most. "Death is a Heartache No One can Heal. Love is a Memory No One can Steal." Please know me and my family are remembering you and your family with our Love, Prayers and deepest Sympathy.

Olivia Barber Ashworth Aug 22 2022 9:18 PM

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