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Shelton Palmer Sanford II died at the age of 74 on August 11, 2019 at Hospice House Savannah with his wife, Marney and daughter, Catherine at his side, after a courageous yet short battle with cancer. He was born November 2, 1944 at Candler Hospital in Savannah, GA to Charles Steadman Sanford and Ann Lawrence Sanford. Mr. Sanford was a devoted, life-long member of Christ Church Episcopal.

Shelton graduated from Savannah Country Day School and The University of Georgia, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. While pursuing a graduate degree in mathematics at Georgia Tech, he enlisted in the United States Army, retiring as Captain after a two-year tour of duty in Vietnam.

Shelton worked for many years in the shipping industry, first with Strachan Shipping Company, and then managing the Savannah office of Mitsui OSK Lines. He then became a Trust Officer with SunTrust. In recent years, he embarked upon a successful career in real estate as an Associate Broker with Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty. He was a Trustee of the Stewart Huston Charitable Trust. Shelton also thoroughly enjoyed being a Math tutor at Savannah Technical College.

Shelton was a member of the St. Andrew’s Society of Savannah GA (Past President), the Scottish Games Committee; the Society of Colonial Wars, the Oglethorpe Club, the Cotillion Club, the Century Club and Southbridge Racket Club.

He was predeceased by his parents Charles S. Sanford and Ann Lawrence Sanford, and his brother Charles S. Sanford, Jr.

He is survived by his wife Jane Marnell “Marney” Gilbert Sanford; his daughter and son-in-law Catherine Corish Grant and D. Scott Grant and granddaughters Grayson Elizabeth Grant and Madison Anglin Grant, all of Richmond Hill, GA; his sister-in-law Mary McRitchie Sanford of Gainesville, FL; his brother-in-law Harvey J Gilbert and his wife Cindy; his nieces A. Whitney Sanford and her husband Kevin Veach of Gainesville FL and Mary G Kaiser and her husband Jamie of Washington DC; his nephews Charles S. Sanford III and his wife Sarah of Old Deerfield, MA and H. John Gilbert, Jr. and his wife Bailee of Savannah GA; his step-mother-in-law, Elizabeth Dixon Mercer Gilbert; his two step-sisters-in-law, Wayne Mercer Willis and her husband Rhett of Savannah GA and Bessie Mercer Halsey of Little Silver NJ, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Shelton loved tennis, his friends, but most of all his family.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service, with military honors, will be held Thursday morning, August 15, 2019, at 10 o’clock in Bonaventure Cemetery conducted by the Reverend Michael S. White of Christ Church Episcopal.

Remembrances may be made to Christ Church Episcopal – 18 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31401 or Hospice Savannah – Post Office Box 13190, Savannah, Georgia 31416-0190.

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  1. Nallely Timperio says:

    May his soul rest in heaven, though I didn’t know you very well Shelton the few times I saw you at the clinic was truly a pleasure, always kind and laughing. Prayers to the Family

  2. Donna Mcallister says:

    My heart is broken at the loss of this wonderful, kind man. He touched so many lives. His smile and kind words will live in my heart and the hearts of many. We miss you Shelton. Praying for your beautiful family.

  3. Kathy Hoover says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Shelton’s passing. What a beautiful smile and kind soul. Marney, I don’t know what to say except I am here if you need me.

  4. Donny Lightsey says:

    Heart and sympathy out to family I never knew for a man I came to love and respect. Some wonderful times on the tennis court with Shelton, such a competitor at his age, hope to follow in his foot steps as I get older. He knew so many and had so many wonderful stories in between our games! He will be greatly missed by so many! Rest in Peace my dear friend!

  5. Patti Davis says:

    I am so sorry, Marney. Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of all of us at Christ Church.

  6. Beverly Evans says:

    My heart goes out to you and your mother, your children and your husband.
    I am so sorry I didn’t realize until a few days ago he was ill.
    I have walked this road and it seems bearable now. I must tell you God is close to the broken hearted and this will be realized by you all.
    Much love,

  7. Katherine Bart says:

    l am so very sorry

  8. Heather Gunn Haskell says:

    I am so very sorry to hear about Shelton. He was such a wonderful man. He always sought me out at the Scottish games and asked how both Ashley and I were doing. He was always genuinely interested in our lives. I was blessed to have met him through STC and have worked with him for so long there. My prayers are with you all.

  9. David Culverhouse says:

    RIP brother. The General would be proud…DFC

  10. Wip and Lyn McCuen says:

    Wip and I both will certainly miss seeing Shelton. We crossed lives on a regular basis, both Scottish and Real Estate. Such a good and kind man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  11. Tricia Howard says:

    Marney and Catherine-

    Shelton will be remembered as a man whose smile and presence made every occasion better. I will miss this, because there are not many people in the world who are like this. He always exuded happiness and encouragement every where he went. I will be here for both of you should you need anything. Prayers for peace.


  12. Julie McIntosh says:

    Dear Marney, we have known each other since you were born and our families were so close… Shelton was my good buddy at Georgia and beyond and called me Mac every time we saw each other… very special always happy and kind… bless your heart, dear one…he was so good and will be so missed…love, juliemc

  13. Karen Friedenberg says:

    Dear Marney, I am so very sorry. Thinking of you at this sad time.

  14. Margarett Gilmore says:

    Prayers for all as you have lost a very special husband , father and grandfather. Praying for strength during this time. Love

  15. Grace Tate says:

    Marney and Catherine, am so so sorry for your loss. Although I did not know Sheldon very well, he appears to have been a wonderful person. God Bless you all at this most difficult time!
    ❤ Grace

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