Sandy Ray Gilchrist, 76, Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War

Sandy Ray Gilchrist

CURRIE — Sandy Ray Gilchrist, 76, gently passed from his earthy life Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, at his home. He was born Dec. 27, 1943, in Harnett County, the son of Edgar James Gilchrist and Mary Hobby Gilchrist.

In addition to his parents, Sandy was preceded in death by his wife, Laura “Sis” Gilchrist; brothers, Alvin, Johnny, Tink, James and Gene Gilchrist; and beloved canine companion, Big Money.

He is survived by his daughters, Tonya Hewett (Darren) and Peggy Singingwind (Dennis); son, Ray Collins; grandchildren, Raven Singingwind, Kristina May (Zach) and Hunter Hewett; great-granddaughter, Gracelynn; brother, Charlie Gilchrist (Louise); sister, Sue Kelly; brother-in-law, Tommy Arnette (Betty Rae); and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Sandy honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He worked overseas for 30 years. He was also a mason. Sandy was a beloved father, brother and Paw Paw to his cherished grandchildren. Always enjoying the outdoors, he worked on his farm and tended his garden.

He enjoyed a good family camping trip and had a passion for caring for animals. Sandy was a man of few words with a big heart and was always willing to lend a helping hand. His presence in our family circle will be greatly missed.

There will be a gathering of family and friends from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 27, on his 77th birthday on earth and first birthday in heaven, at the home of Tonya and Darren Hewett, 10533 US Hwy 421, Currie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

Share online condolences with the family at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home.

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