Patricia Sanford

Patricia D. Sanford, 73, of Little Buck Hill Road, Newland, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, at her home.

A native of Avery County, she was the daughter of the late Iva Lee Dellinger Burleson and the granddaughter of the late Oliver and Ethel Dellinger. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene “Gene” Sanford; a sister, Brenda Burleson; a son-in-law, Martin Hughes; aunts, Inez Self and Helen Young; and her uncles, Howard and Homer Dellinger.

Patricia was a member of Henson Creek Baptist Church. She loved to crochet and knit. She was a hairdresser for years and had also worked in a jewelry store.

Left to cherish her memories are her daughters, Regina Hughes, of Spruce Pine, and Kim Hughes, and husband, Teddy, of Newland; her sister, Norma Goforth, and husband, Bill, of Newland; her brother, Danny Burleson, and wife, Susan, of Newland; her grandchildren, Josh Robinson, and wife, Casey, of Spruce Pine, Jena Rhodes, and husband, Alex, of Jonesborough, Tennessee, Trevor Robinson, and fiancée, McKayla, Kacey Hughes, and wife, Brittany, of Newland, Kody Hughes, and wife, Taylor, of Spruce Pine; great-grandchildren;-, Brandon, Keegan, Karter, Malachi, Tydus, Kora and Lynnlee; and special friend, Wallen Biddix ,of Spruce Pine.

A funeral service honoring the life of Patricia Sanford was 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, at Henson Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Junior Carver and the Rev. Dean Honeycutt officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 1:30 p.m. until time of service Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, at Henson Creek Baptist Church. Interment was in the Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Instead of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 92, Newland, NC 28657.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to, selecting Patricia Sanford’s name and signing her guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is assisting the Sanford family. Mrs. Sanford’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

Mitchell News-Journal • Dec. 26, 2018

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