Memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 26, at First Baptist Church for Foster "Gene" Sandlin of Artesia, N.M.
Mr. Sandlin, 91, died Thursday, January 17, 2019 at his home.
Rev. Rick Sullivan will officiate at the services. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.
Gene was born October 4, 1927 in Jasper, Florida, the son of Kirby and Jeputha Sandlin.
On June 3, 1949 he married Mattie Anne Brorsen in Live Oak, Florida. They moved to Artesia in 1953 and made Artesia their home.
Gene worked many jobs in the oil and gas industry with working for Navajo Refinery for over 30 years before retiring as a Systems Operator. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church before he couldn't make it to church anymore. Gene was also a lifetime member of the N.R.A. and enjoyed working on old cars when he had the chance to. He was an avid hunter and a collector of shotguns. Most people will remember him by seeing him walking almost everywhere he went.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; son Foster E. Sandlin; two sisters; and a brother.
He is survived by his wife Mattie of the family home; son Kirby L. Sandlin and wife Brenda of Roswell, N.M.; and a host of friends and church family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the New Mexico Baptist Children's Home in Portales, N.M.
Mr Sandlin was a great gentleman. In my early years attending FBC he was always so friendly in greeting one with a firm handshake, asking how I was doing in school and giving me advice about life and God. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to the family.
Jeremy AcostaLas Cruces, NM
John R SchneiderArtesia, NM
Gene was a special man. He loved our family and helped Mattie keep my boys. Every encounter I had with Gene, he never failed to ask about my boys and he always told me he prayed for us daily. I'm so grateful for those prayers and his love. Mattie and Kirby, I send you my love and prayers, for God to bless you with strength and peace.
LuAnn BeardemphlLubbock, TX
Praying for Mr. Sandlin's family at this time. Mr. Sandlin was always such a precious prayer warrior. As he was on his daily walks around town, he would stop into our store just to check on us and see if there was anything he could pray for us. He will be missed; but know that he is happy to be in the presence of his Lord and Savior.
Steve and Cindy AndersonArtesia, NM
Mr. Sandlin’s smile, handshake and greetings will be missed here but enjoyed in God’s presence. Imagine the reunions. Praying for his family.
Ann HoughtalingArtesia, NM