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Joseph G. "Papa Joe" Sandifer

February 14, 1941 ~ November 17, 2020 (age 79)

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Joseph G. “Papa Joe” Sandifer, 79, of Big Sandy, Texas, passed away on November 17, 2020, in Tyler, Texas. He was born February 14, 1941, in Jena, Louisiana, to the late Joseph Mickens Sandifer, Jr. and Gladys Wilson.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Saturday, November 21, 2020, at Cottle Funeral Home Chapel, Troup with Brother Kent Hatfield.

Visitation will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday, November 20, 2020, at Cottle Funeral Home Chapel, Troup.

Joseph was retired from Tech-Serv Construction. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He married Treina Mortell-Sandifer, December 25, 2015.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his children, Patrick Wesley Sandifer, Sheila Donovan, and Anastasia Hillard.

He is survived by his wife, Treina Mortell-Sandifer, son, Kenneth and Maria Mortell (Olivia, T.K. & Korra), son, Ricky Mortell (T-Rick), and daughter,  Katie Mortell;  daughter, Angie and Bobby Elliott, (Blake and Cameron Elliott, Nathan and LeeAnn Elliott), children of Sheila Donovan, (Savannah and Derrick Riley, Dakota and Ty Donovan, Skye Donovan and Alex Ballesteros); ex-wife, Becky Armstrong, son, Mickey and Erica Sandifer (Makenzie & Kamryn), children of Patrick Sandifer (Kelsea, Annie & Logan), daughter, Stephanie and Patrick Tull (Allyson & Clayton); ex-wife, Judy Hillard-Schlunaker, son, Phil Hillard, daughter, Sherry and Rob Thornton (Kaci, Cody, Jennifer & John); 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cottle Funeral Home, Troup.

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November 20, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cottle Funeral Home
105 East Bradford Street
Troup, TX 75789

Funeral Service
November 21, 2020

1:00 PM
Cottle Funeral Home
105 East Bradford Street
Troup, TX 75789

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