March 6, 1939 ~ February 10, 2013

Born in: Roanoke, VA,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

David Allen Sandridge, MD, died on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at the age of 73 in Greenville, SC with his wife and his children by his side. Dr. Sandridge was born March 6, 1939 in Roanoke, VA, the only child of the late Helyn Stanley Sandridge and George David Sandridge. He was raised in Roanoke and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1957. He received his BS in Chemistry from the University of Richmond in 1961 and his MD from the Medical College of Virginia in 1965. After an internship in Springfield, OH, he completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC in 1969. He was a Major in the US Army and served in Heidelberg, Germany from 1969-1972. He completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Duke University and joined WNC OB-GYN in 1973. In 1984, he left that practice to establish what would become Grace OB-GYN, a pro-life practice. He retired in 2005 and moved to the Falls North Cliffs community in Salem, SC. He was a member of Crossgate Church (PCA) in Seneca, SC. He was board certified in 1971, a Fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons. He was an adjunct professor at the UNC School of Medicine and was at the forefront of his field, especially in the areas of laparoscopic surgery and gynecologic ultrasound. He was a talented woodworker and an avid golfer. He was a member of the Biltmore Forest Country Club, the Rhododendron Royal Brigade of Guards, and the Greenville Woodworkers Guild. He served on the Board of Directors of Hope Women's Center in Easley, SC. He is survived by his wife, Molly Sandridge and three children, Dr. Beth Sandridge Haswell (Jim) of Greenville, SC; Lynne Sandridge Gilbert (Carson) of Raleigh, NC; and David Sandridge, Jr, (Celeste) of Asheville; grandchildren Lauren, Allison, and Kathryn Haswell; Rachel and Mary Margaret Gilbert; and Frank and Sally Sandridge. A memorial service will be held at Arden Presbyterian Church on Thursday at 2:00 pm. Visitation will be at the church from 1:00-2:00. The family will receive friends at home following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to any of the following: ABCCM, the Salvation Army, or Crossgate Church. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. I was so sad to hear of Dr. Sandridge’s passing. He was a wonderful doctor. He delivered my daughter in 1974 and from then on he was my favorite. He was gentle and kind and had a wonderful bedside manner. He always took the time to listen and always asked about the family. I hated it when he retired but he was replaced by another wonderful Christian doctor that I see now at Grace. May God bless you all …RIP Dr. Sandridge..

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  2. Dear Molly and family,

    I am shocked and I really can not believe it. Three month ago you two helped us and gave us your strenght when Frank passed away and Im still not over it. I know how you feel right now and all my tears and my feelings are with you

    Love Heidi

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  3. I was so sad to hear of Dr. Sandridge’s passing. We have known him since the early 70’s and then he was my Doctor. He holds a special place in my heart because he delivered my 2 children in ’77 and ’79. I was sad when he retired, because he was such a kind, passionate, Christian man who loved his work. Such an example for doctors today! We will miss you, but not forget you Dr. Sandridge! We will be praying for you Molly and family! Blessings!
    George & Donna Renfro

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  4. OMG, I don’t believe this, He delivered My Daughter in 1978, and I loved Him, He was atremendous OBGYN DR. He was the best, My memories are My treasure……SOOO sorry, may God Bless.

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  5. Dr. Sandridge could have taught bed side manners to all other doctors. He was and will always be the most well respected doctor in Asheville. Our love and prayers for the family and friends.

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  6. Dearest Molly & Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.I truly
    understand what you are going through.
    With love and sympathy,
    Marga, Tina and Tommy

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  7. I worked several years in surgery with Dr. Sandridge and highly respected him . I respected the stand he took for Christian values .He delivered my precious grand daughter .

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  8. My sincere condolences to all of Dr. Sandridges family. What a wonderful man of character, integrity and a blessing to all of his patients of whom he cared for. I will never forget my first visit with him and then 2 years later he delivered my daughter in May of 78. He absolutely cared for his patients not just medically but with a personal touch that set him apart from the rest. May God bless you and comfort you in your loss.

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  9. Such wonderful memories growing up and spending time at the Sandridge home. Dr. Sandridge’s presence was large, warm, and welcoming. All my love to Molly, Beth, Lynn, and David.

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  10. I am so sorry to hear about Dr Sandridge ..he was a wonderful man, i know he will be missed i wish doctors were more like him. May God be with you..my thoughts and prayers are with you all…

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  11. Dear Family:

    My heart breaks to hear of Dr. Sandridge’s passing. He was a wonderful doctor and precious man of God. He was there for me during some of the toughest times in my life. I miscarried natural triplets. Then gave birth to a son (Nathaniel) that had meckel-gruber syndrome, he only lived 35 minutes. But by God’s grace, we had a beautiful baby girl (Nicole) and she was perfect. Dr. Sandridge cried with me during my losses and rejoiced with me when my daughter was born. He was a man of few words at times, but his life reflected his heart and his heart spoke volumes to all that knew him. I feel privileged to have known him and so thankful that he was my doctor during the most precious times of my life. I will be praying for all of you and will continue too during this difficult time. Dr. Sandridge may be gone from this world, but he will never be forgotten! I’m glad to know that I will see him again one day when I too am called home.

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  12. Dear Molly and Family,
    Dr. Sandridge reached so many families (and staff) through his practice. Love this picture of him…you can just see the twinkle in his eye before he does or says something to make you laugh! Praying for all of you! I am so thankful I had the opportunity to work and know him.

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  13. Molly,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Dave will be missed by alot of friends. He was a very good Dr. as he was one of my Dr.s in Asheville. We hope to see you in time at the lake. Love to you, Chris

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  14. Dear Sandridges,

    Our deepest condolences. I regret that we will be unable to attend the service, due to travel tomorrow to Boston, but Copland will be there and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Sincerely,

    Tommy

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  15. I am sorry to hear about your loss. Dr. Sandridge was always a outstanding doctor. He delivered our child and helped me through very tough times. He was always with a smile on his face and had a outstanding bedside manner. He will always be remembered as the best OB/GYN around to me.

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  16. Dear Molly and Family,
    Kay and I were devastated to learn of Dave’s passing. I am sure he was a fine doctor. I only knew him as a nieghbor and a friend at Lake Keowee. We will miss his kindness and wisdom. I always enjoyed the enthusiasm with which he described his woodworking. May he rest in peace. Al and Kay Thomas

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  17. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Sandridge family. May peace, beyond understanding, fall upon you.

    Mark and Kelly Ward

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  18. Dear Molly and family, You have our sincere sympathy ~ Dave has our prayers. God Bless You and give you strength at this difficult time. Best, Cindy & Bob Bailey

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  19. To Molly and Family,

    We send our condolences in the passing of David. This was such sad news. May he rest in peace.
    Kathleen &Tom Henderson (Keowee Falls South),

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  20. Our deepest sympathies to Molly and family… May God Bless you all with many warm, loving memories of Dave’s life in the days ahead.

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  21. We were so sad to hear of Dr. Sandridge’s passing but so happy for him to be with Jesus. Molly, what a wonderful man and doctor. We have such fond memories of him delivering several of our children and of his strong convictions and faith in Christ. He was one of Asheville’s best physicians and will be greatly missed. Our loss is heaven’s gain. We are praying for you, Molly, and for the family. Love to you all.

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  22. Molly,
    Our Falls North community has lost our neighborhood protector and a great friend. Sincere condolences to you and your family. May your happy memories comfort you in the days ahead.

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  23. I am so sorry for your loss. Dr Sandridge was a wonderful Doctor and sweet, sweet man. He delivered our son 20 years ago. He made my husband, who was beside me, feel more at ease as this was our first (and only) child. God rest his soul and comfort you all.

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  24. Dear Molly and Family, just heard the very bad news and want you to know how sorry I am, and also want you to know I am thinking about you

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  25. My deepest condolences to the Sandrige family. Dr. Sandridge was a great doctor, he could make his patients feel comfortable and truly cared for about them. This was an extra bonus. You knew he loved his family by the way he would talk about them. May knowing so many people grieve with you in your loss and celebrate his life with you.

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  26. Dr. Sandridge not only got me through 3 pregnancies, but came to my home for a life threatening emergency during one of them. During that hospitalization, he visited me every day, because he cared. I am the one who he ‘blamed’:)/credited for getting out of WNC and the Lord opening the doors through Molly’s inheritance to open Grace. As I type this, my tears are falling, nose is running, but, I am SO grateful for the Lord bringing him into my life in 1977. It is sad, to know you couldn’t have lots and lots more years here with him because he gave us so much of YOUR time, I just hope knowing how much he helped others, will carry you through. I would have died if he hadn’t come to my house, literally, as well as my unborn child, who was 7 months. Thank you for sharing him. May God grant you peace. My DEEPEST sympathy to all of you.

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  27. So sorry to hear of DR. Sandridge passing. He delivered our daughter in 1987 and was a delightful person,made you feel comfortable. God Bless you.

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  28. I’m sorry I can’t be there for service in person but my thoughts and prayers are with you and family.

    Dave will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

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  29. Dave’s service to mankind through medicine and church is a tribute to him. Those of us at The Cliffs who had the opportunity to get to know him will always remember his humor, his comprehensive knowledge of Lake Keowee history, hiking with him, and the unique person he was! Our sincere sympathy is extended to all of his family.

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  30. Molly and family,

    We are grateful for many fond memories of Dave, and pray God’s abiding love and grace and comfort and courage in your lives.

    ‘Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.’ Psalm 116:15 (ESV) Jesus surely welcomes him home and may He give you joy in the memories.

    Love in Christ,
    Geoff & Sarah, Jake & Hannah, Bethany, Joanna, & Lydia

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  31. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to you, Molly, and your family over the loss of your beloved Dave. We are blessed to have crossed his path on this journey of life. He was a beautiful soul.
    With Prayer,
    Theron and Cheryl

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  32. Dear David and Celeste,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Father. I had the pleasure to meet him only once. I walked away thinking, what a lovely and kind man. Keeping you and all of your family in my prayers.

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  33. My sincere condolences to the Sandridge family for their loss of such a wonderful, kind spirited man. Dr. Sandridge delivered both of my children over 20 years ago. I am forever grateful for his guidance, genuine compassion and my 2 wonderful daughters. A truly wonderful human being!

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  34. Dr. Sandridge was my physician until he retired. Always made me feel comfortable and make me laugh. My deepest condolences to the family.

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  35. My heartfelt sympathy to the Sandridges in their loss. Dr. Sandridge delivered my son in 1973 three weeks after he joined the Asheville practice. Through the years that followed I came to admire his character, his caring attitude and most of all his Christian beliefs. I am deeply saddened to hear of his death. Find comfort in knowing that he touched the lives of so many families in Western North Carolina and his legacy lives on through the many children he helped into this world.

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  36. Molly I am so sorry about Dave, I know the faith and love that you have for our heavenly father will give you the strength that you will need My prayer and love will be with you always.

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  37. Dear family of Dr. Sandridge, I wish that everyone could have a doctor as caring and cheerful as my Dr. Sandridge. He saw me through many problems and helped us with everything including the adoption of our daughter. God bless you.
    Kathy Petrucelli

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  38. It was my privilege to know and work with Dr. Sandridge for many years. I was so proud of the stand he took for pro-life and his Christian values. He lived his beliefs. May God give His comfort and strength to his family and all of those whose lives he touched.

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  39. Praying God’s comfort and blessings during this difficult trail. So thankful we were able to have a wonderful time with Dave just days before being rushed to the hospital. We plan to see you, Molly and your family at the service. Love, BL & Dean

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  40. Molly,
    I was truly blessed to have known you both, in the medical field and your teller at First Citizens Bank. I was a very excited, anxious patient for the Dr. He always gave me the courage to let him take care of my family(Mom, sister and me).
    I’m sure he has left lots of good memories and showed love to you and your fmily to hold on going forward.
    God Bless you all.

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  41. i am so sorry to hear of Dr. Sandridges death. he is much loved and will be rememebered as a wonderful person and THE BEST DOCTOR anyone could have wished for. Sincerely, Helen Byrd

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  42. An addendum to last night, of apology. All I should have said, from the bottom of my saddened heart,was, may the Lord bless you and keep you, and give you HIS strength, at ths difficult time. You gave as an amazing gift, and he knew it. He ALWAYS bragged on all of you,so VERY proud of your accomplishments. Please accept my apologies for making the earlier one about me, when in truth, I cannot fathom the intense loss YOU must be feeling.

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  43. Molly,

    We grieve with you but not without hope. May the power of Christ in you strengthen you in this difficult time.

    David Cathcart

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  44. Dave’s wit, wisdom and passion for life will surely be missed. We grieve with you Molly, but know that we will one day be united with him in heaven.

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  45. So blessed to have been under the care of Dr Sandridge and truly appreciate the care he chose to provide because of His faith. God Bless you all as his legacy lives on thru those he has touched.

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  46. Dear Sandridge Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Dr. Sandridge was a wonderful, smart, and careing doctor and will be missed. I have fond memories of him. He delivered both of my children (1984 & 1986) and saved my daughter when she quit breathing right after she was born. We appreciate everything he’s done, and it has been an honor to know him.

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  47. My sincere condolences to the whole Sandridge family. I met Dr. Sandridge on my first day working in L&D at Mission, in 1981. For the 7 years I was there, he was a joy to work with. He will truly be missed.

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  48. You all are in my prayers as you go through this trial. May God comfort you each day and know that He loves you.With love,
    Audrey Swart

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  49. There is no doubt Dr. Sandridge honored God in his earthly life. There is no doubt he is now getting to see Jesus face to face!I am so grateful for how God used Dr. Sandridge in my life. He delivered both of our sons. One is a 24 yr old married Marine and the other a 21 yr old UNC-A graduate. Thank you, God, for Dr. Sandridge in our lives.
    Prayers for comfort for your family.

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  50. Our heartfelt sympanthies go out to each of you. I was proud to call him ‘my doctor’. He was always encouraging and always looking for new ways to help his patients. There was a time I went to the office, just ready to give up on ever having a child. I was sitting on the examining table when I looked over to his desk and spotted his Bible. That was the answer from God that I needed. He delivered our only child in 1988. My husband ask him, ‘How can we ever thank you?’ He said just a few jelly beans. So in return my husband sent him a big jar of jelly beans. We were so blessed to have him in our lives. I was encouraged by his Christain beliefs. We will keep the Sandridge family in our prayers.

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  51. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Dr. Sandridge.
    What a wonderful man and doctor to have known in my life. He brought both of my children in to this world after I was told I would not be able to have children by other doctors. Dr. Sandridge also saved my best friends’ baby after she had been put off going to hospital to deliver and the baby went into distress, he came to the hospital and did not know this woman!!! Such a man of character!!!!
    May God bless you and hold you in His loving arms until you are able to walk in peace again. Thank you for sharing such an awesome person with us.
    He is not gone, just away.
    Sincerely, Diane Clay
    Elizabeth King BD 1988 Now an RN
    Rebekah King BD 1990 Now 2 yr Walmart Assoc

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  52. So sorry to hear about Dr. Sandridges passing. I went to him for many, many years, and was sad to hear of his retirement. He was a great Dr! My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

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  53. Wonderful,wonderful man ,He delievered two of my babies.My thoughts & prayers go out to the family,I ask the lord to give you peace,rest & comfort during this time.He truely will be missed.

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  54. We are so saddened for this news and want you and the family to know that we are and have been praying for you all, for God’s comfort and help. But we also rejoice, for we know that Dave is now with his Savior and enjoying His presence.

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  55. Molly and family,
    I have you all in my heart and pray you will have the grace and strength you need to travel this road ahead. I miss Dave and the opportunity to continue to get to know him here on earth. I have been struggling with that loss. I thank God for setting eternity in my heart and I find myself more on that side of things than this side. I look forward to the day of no more goodbyes. I am glad you had him in your lives and pray his love, his words and your memories of him will stay with you and give you comfort.
    Love,
    Lisa

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  56. Dear Molly and family,
    Dr. Sandridge delivered my son, Matthew in under 40 minutes, April 1974. He was the only dr. who understood my decision not to abort my son, Ben in 1976. After acquiring internal injuries from a speeding driver he performed an emergency historectomy on Valentines 1989. He was so excited like a little boy to get time off to spend with you, Molly. He often spoke of his love for you and his children. He always displayed such professionalism,love of the Lord and his church. Not enough can be said about the quality of his hard work,sense of humor and care for others.I was so blessed to have known him and could never repay him for the service and sacrifices he made to care for patients like me. May the Lord lift and comfort you in the days ahead. With Deepest Sympathy,

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  57. Dr. Sandridge was my doctor and delivered both my daughters. He always got a joke over on me. Once he told me that my husband had called and told him under no circumstances to give me birth control. I told him he was drumming up business. We had many good laughs. I did have complications during pregnancy and no matter how hard I begged to go home from the hospital, he would not let me. I always trusted his judgement and knew the hand of God was leading him. God Bless You All.
    Bonnie Bullman

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  58. Hi Molly,
    My sincere condolences to you and your family. I’ll never forget the first time we met you 20 years ago when we first moved here and your firm rented us a townhouse. I asked for an obgyn recommendation and you suggested David. David and Bruce delivered my son in 1993, 5 weeks early and I continue to be a patient of Grace Obgyn. I’ll always remember David as kind, gentle, wonderful man that truly cared for his patients. In one word, David was awesome! Know that I’m thinking of you often.

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  59. Your family has blessed ours through Dr. Sandridge’s practice and through our son Sam’s friendship with Dave,Jr. We continue to pray for strength and for a peace that passes understanding for all your family.

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  60. Dear Molly and family,
    We were so sorry to hear about Dave. You both were so kind to us when we moved to Germany and we spent a lot of fun time together. You are in our prayers.
    Love, Don and Wanda

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  61. Molly
    Although many years have passed since Dave’s retirement, he is someone I will never forget. His kindness and expertise were always an integral part of him, but his impish humor put him into another category altogether. How many women enjoy their visits to an ob-gyn because he is so much fun? It was my privilege to have known him not only as my physician but also my friend, and I will be miss knowing he is no longer here. My deep sympathy to you and the family. Wendy Bell

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  62. Molly and Family, We are so sorry about the loss of Dave, but as we heard at the funeral we know he is in a much better place. We have full confidence in knowing he is with our Savior. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help. Love, Bob and Jackie

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  63. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Sandridge family. Dr. Sandridge delivered my daughter in 1984. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon and he was eying the window, hoping to get in a game of golf…I did my best, with his help, and I think he was able to get out on the golf course that day. He was the best doctor I have ever had. His bedside manner was the best I have ever seen and I, too, hated to see him retire. He was a great man! So, kind, funny, compassionate…RIP Dr. Sandridge.

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  64. Molly- we ars so sorry to hear about Dave. May your wonderful memories, and Grace of God surround your family and give you peace.Your lake friends are here for you.

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  65. Dr.Sandridge was my doctor for well over 20 years. I was sad to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful Christian doctor. I will always remember his gentle kindness and his Christian testimony. To his family, I pray for God’s peace in knowing your husband, father, and grandfather is in the presence of the Lord.

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  66. Dr. Sandridge was my OB/GYN for 35 years. He was a kind man and I LOVE what he stood for. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to be a small part of his life.
    Praying for the family ♥

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  67. Molly, my condolences to you and your family. I know you are left with many fond memories. From your HHS classmate and childhood neighbor.

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  68. I will never forget meeting with Draw Sandridge several years ago at 19 years of age. He was my doctor and delivered one of my four children and I was amazed at his expertise in my situation. Now, at 44 years of age, I still go to Grace OBGYN and thankful he saw the need to start this practice.Love and prayers to the family. He is certainly missed…..

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  69. Don (HHS 1956) and Carolyn Harrison(HHS1958) Harris were sorry to learn of the loss of your husband. God give you and your family peace at this time in your loss.

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  70. Dear Molly, I have just learned of the loss of your husband. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Sounds like you have had a busy life.

    Your husband is watching over all of you. God Bless you and your family.

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  71. Dear Mrs. Sandridge,

    I just learned of Dr. Sandridge’s passing. Please know that you, your children and their families are in my prayers. He took care of me for over 20 years and delivered one of my babies. He was an excellent doctor and a wonderful man.

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  72. I just found out that Dr. Sandrdge has passed away. He did my surgery in 2001 and was looking forward to retirement and his place near the lake and his pontoon boat, I hope he had lots of fun with that. I wanted to go home after 24hrs when he did my surgery and it was a Saturday, he said now I have to be at the hospital`at 7:30am to let you out and my driveway needs my attention too., I said just hurry and be here early and you will have plenty of time for that. After he made sure I understood his instructions were not to be taken lightly, he sent me home. He was smart and funny and stood for what he believed in. A really great man. Our loss, heavens gain. R.I.P. Doctor Sandridge and my deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

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  73. Dr. David Sandridge was a wonderful doctor. His prolife values became legend here in the mountains of WNC. He did a hysterectomy on me and delivered 6 of our grandchildren. Five of our great grandchildren were delivered by the staff he left here in Asheville with doctors of like values.

    Asheville became a better place because of him.

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