Willie Whitmire Sanford

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Willie Whitmire Sanford passed away on September 11, 2006.She was born on June 22, 1908 in Transylvania County, and was daughter of the late Byard Tilden and Myrtle Reece Whitmire. A resident of Enka for the past 75 years, she was a graduate of Rosman High School and valedictorian of her class in 1928. She was a homemaker and a lunchroom lady at Sand Hill Elementary for many years. She was the oldest member of Enka Baptist Church where she had been a Sunday School Teacher and was also active in the WMU. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Walter E. Sanford; brothers, Cecil, Edwin and Ras Whitmire; and sisters, Jessie Whitmire, Gussie McCall, and Roma Childress. Survivors are daughters, Frances Taylor, of Asheville, Myrtle Sue Britton, of Candler, June Johnson and her husband Bill, of Penrose, and Katherine Petrucelli and her husband Terry, of Salisbury; sister-in-law, Frances Whitmire; brother-in-law, Vess McCall; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and a number of nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life will be held at Enka Baptist Church on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Ron Brown officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Her family will receive friends one hour before the funeral service. Memorials may be made to Enka Baptist Church, P.O. Box 219, Enka, NC, 28728 and to Care Partners Mountain Area Hospice, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC, 28813.

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  1. To Willie’s girls,
    The memories of all the years we had together on Orchard St. and of the things your mother would do for her neighbors gives me a feeling of how blest I was that she was a part of my life. I regoice in her homegoing.
    Ralph & Alene Smith

  2. Aunt Willie was a sweet, happy person who could laugh away troubles and cares and extend love to all she knew. We will miss the oldest in-law in the Kate, Oscar Sanford Clan. Our condolences to her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchild. Love, Niece Elaine, Nephew Kenneth, and Sister-in-law Bernice.

  3. Our hearts are with you. We understand your loss and pray that God will be gracious and send you consolation.

  4. We are so sorry about Willie. She was a wonderful person and we know she is in a better place. Our deepest sympathy to her family.

  5. We love you very much Grandmother and will miss you greatly. Say Hi to Granddaddy and Daddy for me.

    I love you more than you will ever know.


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