James T. (Jimmy) Sanborn

Published 4:12 pm Monday, June 30, 2014

James T. (Jimmy) Sanborn, 72, left this earthly world on June 28, 2014, at Providence Hospital in Mobile, surrounded by his family.

He was born on July 17, 1941, in Revere, Mass.
Those who preceded him in death include his father, Morris Sanborn; mother, Irene McMillon; stepfather, Bill McMillon; and sister, Martha (Marty) Sanborn.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Sharon S. Sanborn; his brother, Brian Sanborn of Anniston; children, Beverly Sanborn Foster of Northport, Nora Tate of Burlison, Tenn., Tracey Sanborn of Pensacola, Fla., Dee Dee M. Ward of Alabaster and Kylisha J. Mallard of Sharpsburg, Ga.; sons-in-law, Matt Foster, Jeff Ward and Dexter Mallard; grandchildren, Rachel Worthing, Jerry Wayne Philyaw, Beth Gallagher, Jordan and Marisol Foster; Patrick, Alex and Cristiana Joy Ward, and Zoey, Hayden and Hanna Mallard; and three great-grandchildren.

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Following his interest in justice and law enforcement, he obtained a BS from Troy State University, followed by a MS in Criminal Justice from Tennessee Christian University. His 33-year career of serving his community began as a police officer in several small towns in south central Alabama, including the Brewton Police Department.

The majority of his career was with the Alabama Department of Corrections, in Atmore, where he retired as a lieutenant. He was a 32-degree member of Mobile Scottish Rite, as well as a member of Norris Lodge #301, Perdido Lodge #752, Monroeville York Rite Bodies, and ABBA Temple Shriners of Mobile.

He was an avid gun collector and restorer, enjoyed collecting patches and Americana memorabilia, loved Western movies, and gardening. Most of all, Jimmy dearly loved his family and church. He and Sharon had recently renewed their wedding vows.
Following his long time wishes, his remains were donated to the University of South Alabama to further medical science, research, and education.

A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church on July 6 to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to his beloved church, Trinity Episcopal at 203 S. Carney St., Atmore, AL 36502.