The Commerce Journal
Malcom Ray Sandifer, 92, of Commerce, passed away on Aug. 11, 2013, at his home in Commerce.
Funeral services were Aug. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church of Commerce, Park and Sycamore streets, with Minister Maria Garza officiating.
Burial followed at Rosemound Cemetery in Commerce.
Coker-Mathews Funeral Home of Greenville was in charge of arrangements.
Ray was born on May 24, 1921, in Richardson to Willie Erby and Cordie James Sandifer. He graduated from Richardson High School in 1939. Joining the Coast Guard, he served in the Pacific Theater throughout World War II. He was awarded the Navy Good Conduct, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon. After the war, Ray worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural mail carrier where he retired after 33 years.
He married Eleanor Claire Smith on Jan. 10, 1944, in Dallas. They were happily married for 69 years. He was a lifelong, actively involved member of the Christian Church of the Disciples of Christ and First Christian Church of Commerce. Fishing, gardening, and traveling were just a few of his many interests, and he loved discussions with his coffee buddies at the Commerce McDonalds.
Ray is survived by his wife, Eleanor, and his daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Jim Latham, all of Commerce; granddaughter Sarah Latham White of Commerce; grandson Ben Latham and wife Janine of Plano; great-granddaughters Holly White and Anastasia Latham; and nieces and nephews. Ray loved children, especially his grandchildren and great-granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister Oleta Sandifer Sarver of Garland.
The family wishes to thank the many friends, doctors, nurses, and aides who provided care, kindness and support.
Online condolences may be made at www.cokermathews.com and www.heraldbanner.com.