Kenneth Ray ‘K-Bar’ Sanford passed away at his home in Holdenville on Tuesday afternoon, October 15, 2019, at the age of 87 years.
Kenneth was the son of William Homer Sanford and Thelma Edith Lorena (Jones) Sanford, born on September 27, 1932, at Non, Oklahoma. He was brought up in the Non/Gerty area, where he attended Non schools through the eighth grade, and graduated Gerty High School with the Class of 1951. He married Jean Jacobs, and to this union was born two sons, Audie Ray and Danny Lee. Kenneth later married Beverly Louise Stone in Ada, Oklahoma on June 20, 1972. They were parents of three children, William Ray, Shawn Lee, and Misty Dawn.
Kenneth made his home in Holdenville for most of his adult life. He worked in the oilfield in his younger years, and also owned and operated Sanford & Sons Water Well Drilling, as well as Sanford’s Feed & Bait Store and other bait and convenience stores in the Holdenville area. He was a member of the Non Free Will Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Thelma Sanford; one son, Audie Ray Sanford; two grandchildren, Katina and Brandon; two great-grandchildren, Ashlee Nicole and Randy ‘Cub’; five brothers, James Sanford, Lloyd Sanford, Harmon Sanford, Travis Sanford, and Bill Sanford.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Beverly, of the home; four children, Danny Sanford (Shirley), Willy Sanford, and Shawn Sanford, all of Holdenville, and Misty Kirkland (David) of Lamar; 17 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Orville Sanford (Carolyn) of Crockett, California; the mother of his two older sons, Jean Carpenter of Holdenville; and many friends, particularly special friends of the Liars Club, Bonnie McCoy, Rex Bynum, Shelby Burchett, James Cook, Jackie Siegrist, Lloyd Cross, Ed Cross, Lloyd Vance, Willard Ringgold, Bill Lumpkin, Tom Clayton, Boots Martin, and David Pope.
Wake services were held at the home on Thursday, October 17th . Funeral services were Friday, October 18th , 1:00 p.m. at Faith Free Will Baptist Church in Holdenville, and Kenneth was laid to rest at Non Cemetery. Rev. Earl Scroggins was the officiating minister. Pallbearers were Willy Sanford, Shawn Sanford, Scott Fowler, Kyle Fowler, Justin ‘Beef’ Fowler, and Harold Gordon. Honorary pallbearers were Levi Sanford, Jimmy Sanford, Imani Dindy, David Kirkland, Gary Sanford, Jimmy Wakeley, Lloyd Vance, and Clay Chissom.
Services were under direction of Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville.