Jewell Sandlin &'s Story
Christine Jewell Sandlin was born June 5, 1929, in Ralls, Texas. She passed away April 11, 2017, in Dallas, Texas.
Christine was the daughter of Jewell and Harvey Alexander of Ralls, Texas, where her father, Harvey, was a West Texas sharecropper and a barber.
On Nov. 6, 1946, Christine married Burtice Lamar Sandlin and they had three children, David Lee Sandlin of Greenville, Arron Lamonte (Monte) Sandlin of Mabank, and Rodney Lamar Sandlin, who preceded them in death.
Christine worked for the Republic National Bank for a number of years, and then served as church secretary of Wildwood Baptist Church in Mesquite, Texas. After retiring and relocating to Greenville, Christine spent 15 years serving as a school crossing guard at Bowie Elementary.
Christine served her church as a G.A. leader and Sunday school teacher, and was past president of her W.M.U. chapter. She and husband Bert were members of Old Concord Baptist Church.
Burtice, (Burt) Sandlin was born May 1, 1920, to Thomas and Maude Sandlin of Cushing, Texas. Burt's parents were also sharecroppers, while Burt's dad also worked at the nearby lumber mill.
When his nation called in time of need, Burt answered the call and enlisted in the Army Air Corps and left for training in Missouri and South Carolina. He served throughout the war in Egypt, Sudan, and French Morocco. He was highly decorated for his service, and was honorably discharged in 1945.
Upon leaving the service Burt worked for the Social Security Administration, as well as in construction, but finally settled into his first love music. He began as a teacher for McCord Music in downtown Dallas and even had his own studio for a number of years. He eventually closed his studio and became a traveling representative for Sorkin Music Company.
Bert retired and served as a school crossing guard for the Mesquite I.S.D., and upon moving to Greenville served as a crossing guard on Wesley Street as long as he was able to do so. Burt went home to be with the Lord on April 4, 2017, in Greenville after a brief illness just one short week before Christine herself would join him in heaven.
Christine and Burt are survived by two sons, David and wife, Susan of Greenville and Monte Sandlin of Mabank; grandsons Ronnie Lee Sandlin and Brandie of Winfield, Kan., Dustin and Candi Sandlin of Prosper, Texas, Steven and Stephanie Sandlin of Olive Branch, Miss., Chris and Racheal Sandlin of Shreveport, La., and Matthew and Sherry Sandlin of Mabank; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren who gave them great joy.
Christine and Burt were preceded in death by their parents; a son, Rodney Lamar Sandlin; many siblings, Leo, Loyce, and Adam Sandlin, and Pauline, Sonny and Ray Alexander; grandson Marcus Sandlin and daughters-in-law Elaine Sandlin and Sherwin Sandlin.
Service will be at 11 a.m. at Highland Terrace Baptist Church in Greenville on Saturday, April 29, with Bill Hazelip, Glenn Munkres, and Gary Griffin officiating. Interment will be at Fenton family Cemetery in Cushing, Texas.
Published on April 26, 2017