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Tony Francis Sanford

 

Born: 18 Apr 1954, Wake County, North Carolina
Died: 21 Sep 1997, Johnston Co, NC

 
Tony Francis Sanford was the son of Kenny Mack Sanford.  Tony was born 18 Apr 1954 in Wake County, NC.
 

       

 
 
 
Children of  Kenny Mack Sanford
Name Birth Death Spouse
Tony Francis Sanford 18 Apr 1854
Wake Co, NC
21 Sep 1997
Johnston Co, NC
(Never Married)
Curtis Wayne Sanford 10 Oct 1959
Wake Co, NC
   
 
 
This particular genealogy webpage I've created is for my college friend, Tony Francis Sanford.  Tony was one of (my wife &) my closest friends during my Sophomore year at Appalachian State University 1972-1973 - and Tony's Freshman year there.  Tony never married and died at the age of 43.  With no children, it would be easy for "time" to forget him and I didn't want that to happen.  This page is a tribute to him.
 
 
 
Carolyn (Carolyn Weeks Loftin) was the first from our group to meet Tony.  She saw him in the cafeteria and he was wearing a cross.  She went up to him and said, "Do you know Jesus?"  He did - and a friendship was born.
 
There was a Charismatic Bible Study meeting on the Appalachian State University campus in the annex of the Episcopal Church that was led by three ASU students - one of whom was Gary Cuccio.  Carolyn had been invited to the Bible study by a dorm friend, Sarah Loftin (later Cuccio), so she came and brought Tony with her.  I was at the Bible study, too, since I had been attending it for a few weeks already myself. Sarah and I had met a few week before and were surprised that we shared the same last name - even though we knew of no known relation.  Sarah introduced me to Carolyn and Tony.  I invited them to join me after the study for a snack at the BI (Bavarian Inn).  The BI was a fast-food type restaurant that was located below the ASU cafeteria.  They accepted the invitation, and additional friendships were born. 
 
 
After that initial meeting, Tony and I got together often.  Every time we did, Tony invited Carolyn, too.  I guess God used Tony in helping Carolyn and me get together.
 
 
Unfortunately, that meeting was during the latter half of the 1972-1973 year and Tony felt that the Lord was leading him to attend Campbell Bible College in Buies Creek, North Carolina.
 
 
Because of Tony's short height, we sometimes jestfully called him "Little Tony".  He even started sighning his letters to with with a little "t".
 
 
 

30 January 1974

 

 

 
                                                                                                                                     1- 30 74
Dear Carolyn,
     Glory!  Isn't JESUS wonderful!  He really keeps me "floating".  Can hardly wait to see you.  I'm looking so forward too our week of fellowship.  Isn't HE Great.  I just wish you were here (near) to me - all these fantastic Christian people.  I love them all but none of them can take the place of the 3 of you.  PTL! (Praise the Lord!)  God love and you!!!  Isn't that great!!  Please write more often.  I know you have time.  Just write me when you're studying the Bible and write me notes on the thing(s) you're studying.  I know it has to be good.  Got to go but will write again real soon.  Love you through Him!  P.T.L.! (Praise The Lord!)  Write!
                                                                                                                                      Love thru No. 1
                                                                                                                                      Little T.
 
 
 

11 February 1974

 

 

 

 

 
                                                                                                                                      Monday afternoon
                                                                                                                                      2 - 11 - 74
Brothers and Sisters,
     God bless all of you as he has me.  I love you all and long to be with you.  The Lord has really blessed me like never before.  Every day grows sweeter as I fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ.  I pray that all of you are doing alright.  Each of your letters blessed me so much (especially yours, Carolyn).  Just think, it's not but a little better than 3 weeks now and I'm sure they will go fast.  You all be sure and try to keep me informed.  I know that exams will be coming up next week for ya'll (y'all) but I'm sure ya'll can find time to drop me a line or two.  Our mid-terms start the week after yours are over so I may even get slack a little - but don't worry, I will surely keep writing. (While I'm thinking about it, would someone please send me all of your school phone #'s).
     The Lord has been very good to me so far this week and I can hardly wait to see what's coming next.  Well I will start with the best first.  Last night at our meeting in Buies Creek Chapel (that's what we call our church), the Lord spoke to us twice through somebody.  It was in tongues and then 2 different people interpreted the 2 different messages.  One of them was that He wanted us to raise our Voices and sing praise to Him.  Well I started speaking in tongues like hundreds of time(s) before but it was a different language than I had ever heard before.  Then I began to sing in the language and it wasn't my voice at all.  It was the most beautiful song and language I've ever heard.  PTL!  Isn't He absolutely wonderful.  I have learned new songs that ya'll are going to absolutely love.  I've been playing my "Godspell" Tape almost all day and the Lord is really blessing me through the ministry it has in it.  I hope to see the movie sometime soon.
     Now for the 2nd way the Lord blessed me yesterday.  Well last week the Lord revealed to me that he wanted me to learn to play the guitar.  Well I thought to myself, well Lord if that's what You want, Okay.  But I didn't ask the Lord for a guitar because I figured He would provide if He rally wanted me to learn to play.  Sunday Kelly (a friend of Gingers) was at the house and happened to mention that she was trying to sell her guitar.  Well guess who almost passed out?
     I had not mentioned one word about a guitar to anybody.  Well I asked my mother if she'd buy it for me.  She did and now I have a new guitar because Kelly had one used it about 4 times.  PTL!
 
  He Makes Me So Happy!!
Jesus   # 1 in Love
"the beginning and the end"
PTL!!!  (Praise The Lord) PG!!! (Praise God)
 
                                                                                                                                      Monday night
     We didn't have choir practice tonight because of some ballgames.  Maybe I'll be able to catch up with some school work I'm behind in.  I'll probably end up going to see a Brother though.  Well I've got to go anyway.  I'll probably write again this week anyway.  Write.  God bless ya'll and I'll see ya soon.
                                                                                                                                      Love through Jesus,
                                                                                                                                      Tony
                                                                                                                                      "t"
"Bless the LOrd, Oh my soul; and all that is within me Bless His Holy Name!"  Psalms 103:1
Learn these words by the time I get down there because it's a new song.
 
 
 

Campbell College Yearbook 1974

 
 
 

06 March 1974

 

 

 
                                                                                                                                      March 6, 1974
                                                                                                                                      Wed. afternoon
Dear Brothers & Sisters,
     I don't know when you will get this but I hope it's before we get there.  The Lord is still blessing me here and I keep remembering that it's only 3 more days before I get there.  I guess we will get there Sat. night.  Me and Barry both are looking forward to our vacation.  I pray that the Lord will give us as pretty a week next week as this one has been.  We've been ranging from 75 - 85  all week and I love every bit of it.  I can't think of too much to say except that I can hardly wait for the weekend.  You will all love Barry, I just wish I could bring all of them.  PTL!!!  Well I must go but I'll see you real soon.  God bless you all and I love you all.
                                                                                                                                      Love,
                                                                                                                                      Tony
 
 

Tony and his friend Barry visit ASU in the March of 1974

 
 

(Top to Bottom) Barry, Bill Shearin and Tony post for a photo atop Howard's Knobb in Boone, NC
while Curtis takes a photo

 
 

 
 
 
 
 

04 June 1974

 
During this particular time, Carolyn (Weeks) and Ann (Hamilton) were rooming together for summer school.
 

 

 
                                                                                                                                      Tuesday Night
                                                                                                                                      June 4, 1974
Sis,
     I was really excited about getting your letter today.  I can't imagine how you ever got the idea of me being mad at you but don't mention any forgiving because there's no (none) to do.  Please lets don't lose contact anymore.  I know that its my fault tough because I haven't been writing.  Another thing, in your next letter please let me know how I can get in touch with Curtis (his address).
     The postcard was absolutely beautiful.  The more time passes the sooner it seems it will be before He comes again.  PTL!  Bill Shearin might be coming to spend next weekend with me.  There's a new coffee house opening in Sanford that weekend and I want to take him there.  A very good friend of mine from Campbell is running it.  (Really the Lord is running it!) PTL!!!  Our group will be singing there on the 22nd of June at 8:00 P.M.  I'm really looking forward to it.  If ya'll get a chance to come visit, please do.  Just please let me know so I can be sure to be here.
     I got my picture back from our trip to the beach.  They are so good.  I must have had help taking those pictures because they were all so good.  Our fellowship up here should start again this week since summer school is starting.  I mill all of you so much.  Hi! Ann: will write as soon as possible.  Write soon.
                                                                                                                                  Because He died for us
                                                                                                                                  Tony
P.S.  I really though y'all were coming down when I got that computer date.  Ha! Ha!
 
With Peace, Love, Joy - JESUS
Tell everyone I said Hi!  Is Ann's address the same.
 
 
 
 

A Little Nudge

 
Tony and Ann (Hamilton) both liked each other, but neither seemed particularly skilled in moving forward into a romantic relationship, so Curtis and Carolyn decided to give them a little "nudge".
 
This is what Ann had to say ...
"When checking my mail one day, I was delighted to find Tony had sent me a letter.  However, I was totally befuddled by what he had to say.  He was thanking me for my recent correspondence but he was confused by what I meant.  Now while Carolyn and Curtis were mischief makers with full abandonment, neither of them could keep a straight face when confronted.  After they found out I had received the letter from Tony and that I was confused by his confusion - they fessed up.  Seems Curtis could have had a perfectly good life in crime through forgery.  He had written on a note ... "
 

Dear Tony,

?

Love,
Ann

 
Ann continues ...
"Carolyn then sprayed the note with her best perfume.  Then they mailed the letter to Tony.  Obviously Curtis had copied my handwriting so well, Tony had no clue what they had done.  The story ended well though.  Curtis & Carolyn continued in good health and with their friend intact.  And, Tony and I enjoyed dating for a year or so.  However, one question may always go unanswered.  Did Tony and I start dating because we liked each other or did we start dating to protect ourselves from them?  I will always suspect the truth lies somewhere in the middle!"
 
 
 
 

Tony, Curtis, Ann and Carolyn spend the afternoon at Pullen Park in Raleigh, NC

 

 

 
 
 
24 October 1974
 

 

 
 
                                                                                                                                      Oct 21, 1974
Curtis,
     Hope the Lord has been blessing you as He has been blessing me.  He has truly been blessing me with Ann.  I really think I love her but I don't want to scare her to death.  I'm so awfully glad you and Carolyn are doing so well.  I sorta figured ya'll would end up together anyway.  PTL! (Praise the Lord!)  I just hope God will continue to bless your relationship.  Good luck  with your job there in Boone when you graduate.  Does Bill make a good roommate?  I guess that's a dumb question though I'm sure he does.
     I'm looking so forward to going up there this Spring.  I miss all of you so badly.  I love you all and look forward to the time we are reunited as Christian Brothers.
                                                                                                                                      Tony
P.S.  Make Ann behave?
 
 
 
 

04 November 1974

 

 

 
 
 
Curtis,
     Sorry it has taken so long to rewrite but is really been rough.  I'm the vice-President of Iner-Varsity Christian Fellowship and the President's got the flu and strep-throat, so I'm awfully busy between test and I.V.
     This past weekend has really been fantastic.  I'm sure you already know but me and Ann are now going stady.  She's really such a beautiful person.  The BSU (Baptist Student Union) conference was really great, too.  It really drew me closer to God and to Ann.  Maybe you and Bill can attempt to go this coming Spring.  Please try!!
     How are things at ASU?  How about at the school?  Tell Bill I said hello.  I sure do miss you brother and I long to see you again.  I thank God so often for the friendship and brotherly love you gave me and how much a part of you that it has become.  I guess God is having to teach me that our love and fellowship has to be shared with all people.  PTL!!  I wish so greatly that you could come down to Campbell and meet all my friends.  I use to talk about ya'll all the time but you soon learn that when you're at another school it is exactly not too good to talk about another school.  I pray that God is continuing to bless and carry you along in His holy will. PTL!!
     Thank you ver much for your last letter it means very much to me and thanks so much for the advise.  I love you brother and look forward to the day that our fellowship is reunited.  God bless you and I love you very much.
                                                                                                                                      Because of a love
                                                                                                                                      greater than ours,
                                                                                                                                      "tony"
P.S. Write Soon.
 
 
 
 

26 November 1974

 

 

 

 
 
                                                                                                                                      Tues.
                                                                                                                                      Nov. 26, 1974
Brother Curtis,
     Sorry it has taken me so awfully long to return your letter, but things have really been a hassle.  At the end of the semester the teachers around here really start to get excited and try to get all the books wrapped up and finished because they are a little behind.  I have already been given two of my exams which are take-homes and my exams start a week after Thanksgiving holidays.  Well, that's enough of bad news.
     Things have really been great because the Lord has really been blessing me.  Week before last I recommitted my self to Him because I hadn't been spending enough time with Him and in His word.  I have started working with Barry in a small church near Coats.  It's a small country church with some really neat people.  They don't have a music director so Barry and I will be working them them some.  It's really good for Barry and it seems good to see him happy and working again.  He hasn't been nearly as moody as he usually is.  It really seems good for him to be smiling and laughing.
     Thank you so much for the last letter; it was really very beautiful and made me feel so good.  I do miss all of you so much.  I really like the card also; the little Indian on the front was really cute. 
     Since you probably won't get this letter until after Thanksgiving, I hope you have had a very good holiday.  Tell your parents I said hello and that I hope to see them again. sometime.  Also tell the Wessells that I said hello.
     Love and miss you.  Write soon.  How are your kids?  I keep hearing about all the snow ya'll keep getting up there in Boone.  Lucky!  Lucky!!
                                                                                                                                      Because He's alive
                                                                                                                                      Tony
 
 
 
 

27 March 1975

 
This particular letter included not only a letter from Tony, but also a letter from his friend, Barry.
 

 

 
 
                                                                                                                                      March 27, 1975
Dear Curtis,
     Thank you so much for the card, you'll never know just how much it meant to me.  I'm sorry that I haven't answered earlier, but I was waiting on Youth Corps.  Yesterday I got a letter telling me that they could not fund me, so I will probably be able to go up for the wedding.  I'm really looking forward to that time.  I will be in touch with you as soon as possible,  I praise God that the two of you will become one in Jesus Christ our Lord.
     Curtis, I would very much like to express my concern for your father.  Always remember that there are many prayers going up for him here at Campbell.  I don't think you can possibly realize what he means to me.  Please let him know that my prayers and love are being sent to him.  Please let Sam know that I'm praying for her (Willie) also and that the Lord's strength will be with her.  I also pray for you, too, Curtis and that the strength God has for us will be poured out on you.
  The Lord has really been blessing me this past week.  He has given me a new commission here at Campbell.  And it may determine the pulling together of all teh Christians here on campus.  I feel that the Lord is giving me a place of leadership here as the President of our Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship Chapter.  I see it as an opening to get involved in pulling BSU and IVCF together.  God is really working with us.  Next weekingd I will be going on a BSU outreach team and I'm really looking forward to it.  We are having a worship emphasis weekend in our church and I'm in charge of it and God is already starting to work with me.  Please pray that I will be able to be an instrument fo God and not let any of myself get into it.
     Please tell Bill that I will write him as soon as I get a chance.  I have two term papers (almost) due next week so I'm going to be pretty busy.  Please don't think I have forgotten about all of you up there.  I miss all of your fellowship and the communion of Christ's body that we all had while we were together.  I praise God for your growth in Him.  He had stopped my growth in the area of personal growth to Him and had me using all I had for others and now that I'm using it, I feel slightly drained but he is filling me up again and more than ever.  I love Jesus so much and I know all of you do, too.
     Please pray for me and I certainly will for all of you.  I love you through the love Christ manifests in me.  Your father is at the top of my prayer list as well as many others here at Campbell.
                                                                                                                                   Love because of His
                                                                                                                                   glorious resurrection
                                                                                                                                    Tony
P.S. I pray that this Easter will be a most blessed and meaningful one for you.  He is truly rise.
 
 
 
 
Dear Curtis,
     Man I am really happy for you and Carolyn.  Husband and wife teams sound "scary" to me but I know you will be happy in your new role.  I would like to write more to you but I have this problem of being to self centered.  I really admire (you).  This step you are taking is Holy - interlocking.  I wish you the best and pray that you will continue to be on God's side for He's the one who holds the real key to love.  Take care.  I want to see you again sometime.
                                                                                                                                      Love in Christ
                                                                                                                                      Barry
 
 
 
 
 
Tony's friends Curtis Loftin and Carolyn Weeks got married on 07 Jun 1975 in Catawba, NC, and Tony was there for the weekend - as was Ann Hamilton, Bill Shearin and Bill Mitchell. 
 
Carolyn carried 3 long-stemmed yellow roses, but the morning of the wedding the guys went out into the nearby fields and picked wild flowers to put in the church - including Queen Anne's Lace.
 
Several hours before the wedding, Tony followed Curtis around with an update about how much time was left until the wedding.  He'd look at Curtis and say, "3 hours".  A little later he'd say, "2 hours and thirty minutes", followed by "2 hours", "an hour and a half", "an hour", etc.  Tony was really enjoying himself while all the while making Curtis more and more nervous.
 
 

Curtis and Carolyn Weeks Loftin with Rev. Bobby Lee Taylor

 

Everyone went back over to Curtis' parent's house after the wedding for the reception.

 
 

Tony and Ann with Eric & Crystal Loftin (Curtis' nephew and niece)

 
 

A "poor quality" video of Tony from 1976 that was converted
from 8mm to VHS to DVD and finally to digital - but it's still Tony

 
 
Tony died on 21 Sep 1997 in Johnston County, NC, from cancer, at the age of 43.  His body was cremated. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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