|Birth: ||Oct. 26, 1922|
|Death: ||Feb. 3, 2006|
Charlie was born in Maynardville, Union County Tennessee on October 26, 1922 to William A. and Nellie Coffman Sands and had lived in the Cambridge City area since about the age of 7. He passed away at his home suddenly.
Charlie worked as a machinist at Roots Blower in Connersville, Indiana until his retirement when he had to leave due to the loss of his eyesight. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Cambridge City, Indiana.
Charlie was an avid sports fan. Charlie loved the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and the University of Tennessee Volunteers football.
Charlie and his brothers would play wiffle ball every Sunday afternoon. They did this for decades.
Charlie lost most of his eyesight due to a fungus he contracted serving in the South Pacific during WW II. He lost the vision in one eye back in the mid 1950s. It hit his other eye in the early 70s. He was considered legally blind but it didn't seem to stop him too much. He continued to ride his bike to meet his friends up town, mow the yard, work out in the garage. He had to have special glasses so he could read the newspaper which he held up next to his face.
Charlie was a World War II, U. S. Army veteran, serving two of those years in the South Pacific. He was a very proud Veteran. Serving his country meant a lot to him. Charlie was one of the Fightin' Third Street boys from Cambridge City, Indiana. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Blind Veterans and the American Legion.
He very much enjoyed his morning coffee and discussions at Lumpy's Restaurant in Cambridge City with his friends. Before Lumpy's opened they had met at Whirley's Restaurant, Burger King and Dublin Restaurant.
One of Charlie's friends wrote this: "There is sorrow in Mt. Auburn, as Ben's good friend, Charlie Sands, died suddenly last week. Charlie was a part of Ben's group of friends who have met each morning for coffee for many years. Charlie hadn't been well, but his death was very unexpected. Be sure you take time to let people know how much you care about them. Sometimes you don't get a second chance."
"A real friend is a Democrat who allows a Republican friend to put his campaign sign in his yard."
He is survived by his wife, Ethel Booker Sands; two daughters, Sherry Sands Bunger Seay, San Antonio, Texas and Dorene Kenworthy, Clayton Indiana; two grandsons Chad of Cambridge City and Jason of Indianapolis, and one grand daughter Lori of San Antonio, Texas; two brothers, William (Billy) of Connersville and Robert (Bob) of Cambridge City, ten nieces and great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Lucile Nicholson in 2005, a brother Don Sands in 1948, and his son-in-law Donald Bunger in 2002.
Services were held at Waskom Capital Hill Chapel with burial in Riverside Cemetery, Cambridge City, Indiana.
Brother, Don Egbert Sands 9/17/1916- 5/22/1949
Sister, Mary Lucile Sands Nicholson 7/26/1919-10/28/2005
Uncle, Charles N. "Charlie Coffman" 5/3/1893-4/30/1923
Uncle, James Alton Alto Coffman 12/3/1894-10/2/1957
Son-in-law, Donald D. Bunger 11/4/53 - 1/18/2002
Grandmother, Rhoda A. Oxendine 5/11/1865 - 12/26/1939
Grandfather, Andrew (Andy)Jackson Sands 11/11/1854 - 5/19/1919
Grandmother, Mary Belle Sexton 5/1869 - 10/3/1946
Uncle, Herman Sands 3/26/1896-2/12/1960
Uncle, Virgil Sands 2/14/1898-10/15/1965
Aunt, Nola Sands 1884-1922
Uncle, Albert Cleo Sands 3/3/1907- 12/24/1982
Aunt, Mary Etta Sands 8/2/1902-3/12/1978
Aunt, Lula S. Sands 8/10/1894-2/2/1982
Aunt, Pearl Sands 3/16/1889 - 11/27/1974
Aunt, Lucy E. Sands 1904 - 1980
William Anderson Sands (1886 - 1967)
Nellie Florence Coffman Sands (1898 - 1971)
Don Egbert Sands (1916 - 1948)*
Mary Lucile Sands Nicholson (1919 - 2005)*
Charlie Leonard Sands (1922 - 2006)
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Record added: Nov 02, 2012
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