Jeffrey Sandridge, Sr.

Obituary of Jeffrey L. Sandridge, Sr.

**Elkview, WV**—Jeffrey L. Sandridge, Sr., a man of wit, determination, and a penchant for candidness, passed away on Monday, April 15th in West Columbia, SC at his daughter's home, surrounded by family.


Born on February 25, 1951, in Ashland, KY, he was the son of the late Colleen and Benjamin Sandridge, Jr. Jeffrey is survived by his dedicated wife of 46 years, Cynthia Sandridge, his children, Carolyn Sandridge (David Brooks), Samantha Woods (Jeremy), and Jeffrey Sandridge, Jr. (Nicole). His grandchildren: Daphne and Max Woods, Lincoln and Logan Brooks, and Owen and Marley Sandridge. His siblings, Dana Oster of Mariposa, CA, Jill Tidd (Tim) of Millwood, WV, and Benji Sandridge (Lori) of Pittsboro, NC, and an extended family of in-laws, nieces, and nephews.


Jeff was a graduate of Ravenswood High School, class of 1969 and he enjoyed attending his reunions.  He became a paramedic who worked for the City of Charleston and then for Kanawha County EMS, and he devoted himself to rescuing people. He often celebrated his birthdays at Pipestem State Park, where he participated in EMS Competitions that he loved.  Eventually, he delved into the world of IT, working for the State of WV DOH and later the DHHR, retiring from the Office of Technology.  He also helped with the IT work at Contemporary Galleries where he developed lasting friendships.  


Jeff loved to socialize. He served in many leadership roles with the Fraternal Order Eagles where he enjoyed spending time and having a beer. He was always at baseball games at Go-Mart Ballpark and enjoyed golfing. He was a founder of Guys Night Out in Charleston which supported YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter and participated in organizing it for many years.  


Winter after winter, he and Cindie were snowbirds off to the warmer weather in Orlando, FL, at Bonnet Creek Resort where Jeff kept a seat warm at Escudos and enjoyed spending his evenings with the friends he’d made there. Over the years, they also traveled many times to Massanutten Resort with their children and grandchildren, making cherished memories.


NASCAR races at Charlotte and Bristol are where they met some wonderful friends who put up with his antics and looked forward to spending time with him every year.


In celebration of Jeff’s life, we remember a man who defied convention, loved the way he knew how, and left an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to know him. His humor, wisdom, and rambunctious spirit will be remembered by many.


No services will be held, but take a few minutes to remember him and share a story or two.  And if you’re inclined, enjoy a Yuengling or glass of Crown on his behalf. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter -  - a cause close to Jeff’s heart.


Special thanks to MSA Home Health and Hospice Care in the Columbia area.  The patience and advice and support we received from the teams made a world of difference in all of our lives.

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