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Richard F. ‘Dick’ Sandlin, 90, Navy veteran who served during World War II and the Korean War

Richard F. 'Dick' Sandlin
Richard F. ‘Dick’ Sandlin

Richard F. “Dick” Sandlin, 90, died Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice following a brief illness.

Dick was born Feb. 20, 1928, to the late Julius Sandlin and Evelyn Calhoun Sandlin. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Colleen Gann Sandlin; brother, Jerry Sandlin; two sisters, Delores Eubanks and Margie Willis; half-brother, Julius Sandlin; and two half-sisters, Edith Sanderlin and Eleanor Braddy.

He served in the U.S. Navy for 21 years, serving in World War II and the Korean War. He received the Bronze Star, among many other medals, before retiring as chief quartermaster in 1966. After retirement, he embarked on a brief career in law enforcement before finding his niche in the photo finishing business.

He is survived by two daughters, Debra Sandlin of Lakeland, Florida, and Cindy Stout (John) of Hampstead; two brothers, Phil Sandlin (Johnsie) of Gainesville, Florida, and Cratie Sandlin (Gail) of Datil, New Mexico; sister-in-law, Hilda Simon; beloved grandchildren, who affectionately called him Daddy, Justin Stout and Kenzie Matthews (Adam); many nieces and nephews; as well as close and cherished friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 26, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

The family would like to thank Dr. Dean Karras and all the staff at New Hanover Medical Specialist; his caregiver, Carrie Bennett; neighbor, Sheila Guizard; and his “Best Friends,” Teresa and Tony Goodwin for the wonderful care and companionship throughout the years.

Memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice or charity of your choice.

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