Raymond Leon Sanford of Lake Charles, La., died March 4, 2007, at his residence after a sudden illness. He was 58.

Mr. Sanford was born June 24, 1948, in Commerce to Vernon and Wilma (Markle) Sanford. He lived in the Lake Charles are for three years.

He was a Vietnam War veteran of the Army and honorably retired after seven years service.

He worked as a master carpenter and artist.

Survivors include six children, Ricky, Randy, Raymond Jr., Melinda, Tia Jo and Mesha; one brother and his wife, Bob and Janet Sanford of Siloam Springs, Ark., and two sisters and their husbands, Judy and Bill Mason of Excelsor Springs, Mo., and Marsha and Tom Robertson of Miami.

Memorial services were 11 a.m. today at G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami with the Rev. Dan Shackelford officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home of Welch.