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Charlie Leonard Sands
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Birth: Oct. 26, 1922
Union County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Feb. 3, 2006
Cambridge City
Wayne County
Indiana, USA

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

Family links: 
  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)
*Calculated relationship
Riverside Cemetery
Cambridge City
Wayne County
Indiana, USA
Created by: Family Ties
Record added: Nov 02, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 100053031
Charlie Leonard Sands
Added by: Family Ties
Charlie Leonard Sands
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Charlie Leonard Sands
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Miss you Daddy! Love you
- Sherry
 Added: Mar. 14, 2013

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