James "VIC" Sands

Born on March 8, 1952

Departed on November 1, 2018 and resided in Fairview, TN

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James Victor Sands passed away after an almost three year battle with cancer, surrounded by his wife and children, in his home on November 1, 2018 at the age of 66. He was born in 1952 and raised in New Albany, IN. He left so many loved ones behind but most of all he left behind a legacy. He came out from under a tough family name to build a brand new reputation all on his own. Being determined and full of integrity were the only way he knew to be and he did his best to instill these qualities in his family. Vic began working for ABC Quality Door, an automatic door company in 1970. A man of strong faith, he never ceased in sharing God's love with any and all who needed it. He was a humble veteran of the US Army who served as a petroleum specialist, also driving a petroleum tanker and a Military Police officer for 6 years during Vietnam. He stood firm on God, Country & Family. He filled our family home with love, laughter, music & God's word. Vic received his first record player along with a Brenda Lee record at the age of 3 and fell in love with music. As he grew up, he would often volunteer as a DJ for his families events and parties. After performing his first solo on stage as a young adult in a church casted children’s play, Vic's passion for singing and performing on stage grew. After years of performing all over Nashville he even earned the opportunity to share his gift from the Grand Ole Opry Stage. His music passion brought him to serve as the Minister of Music for 11 years at the Nazarene Church in Fairview, TN and later to become the Master of Ceremonies in the Good Sam Organization. He was known for his sense of humor and quick wit, his sweet and loving personality and his heart for his family and His Lord.

Vic is survived by his best friend and high school sweetheart, Rita Carol. Vic met his wife Rita at New Albany High School where he graduated in 1970. Survived by their three children; his greatest love and only son, James Troy. His pride and joy, Angela Renee' & his bonus baby, Elizabeth Ann. He’s survived by his favorite daughter in-law Tamara Dwan, and his two son-in-laws John Isaac Quinton & Adam Blake, both of whom he was so proud of and held in the upmost respect. Vic is survived by his brothers, Timothy Scott, Jeffrey Raymond, and Jesse James and sisters, Nancy Lynn and Tonya Norma, all of which he loved with all his might, along with his two granddaughters Reyna Troi and Auslin Landry and three grandsons, Coltyn Lane, Maverick Shane and Levi Case. These five grandchildren made his life complete.

Vic was preceded in death by his parents Shirley Ann (Leslie Raymond Harper) and James Walter Sands. Also his beloved sisters Sue Ann and Brenda Kay.

His handsome crooked smile and sparkling blue eyes gave a glimpse into his incredible soul when he would engage in a conversation. His laugh, sometimes coming from a place so deep inside, it would become almost silent, was always overwhelmingly contagious. He never missed a moment to bring joy to all situations and to every one around him.

Vic worked hard every day, with calloused hands he always provided selflessly for his family. He was the definition of hard work. After his military days he returned to work in sales and as a service tech for The Stanley Magic Door Company, moving their steadily growing family from Nashville, TN to Terre Haute, IN, and then to Memphis, TN. Pursuing a switch in to the automatic gate industry, Vic settled his family in Fairview, TN in 1988.  After years of building his career in the automated field he founded Elantra Gate Systems in 1999. The Company name chosen to represent the first two letters of each of his children’s names; Elizabeth, Angela and Troy. Vic eventually retired as owner and lead technician in April 2014. In his final years, Vic focused all his energy on his family and his cherished wife. Never ceasing to create memories and laugher to carry us on in his absence. His faith brings us joy and gratefulness in knowing he is walking with his Lord and Savior and we will see him again someday.

John 16:33 "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome this world"

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Tennessee Sunshine Travelers for Vic Sands 2144 Fairfax Avenue, Nashville, TN  37212

We pray you will bless us with your presence and come along side us as we celebrate Vic’s life. The following arrangements have been made for his Visitation and Life Celebration.

Wednesday November 7th

Visitation at Harpeth Hills Memorial Gardens

9090 HWY 100

Nashville TN 37221

5pm - 8pm


Thursday November 8th

Visitation at Grace Chapel

3279 Southhall Rd

Franklin TN 37064

Visitation 10am - 12pm

Celebration of Life  12pm-1:30pm

21 Comments to Mr. James "VIC" Sands

  1. anita latham
    November 5, 2018 4:35 pm

    I always remember his sense of humor at the Good Sam rally’s … he will be missed but … he is on the big camper in the sky

  2. Donald W Powell and L.T. Kirk
    November 5, 2018 6:30 pm

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your father! Sending you our love and healing light.
    Live you!
    Donald & Kirk.

  3. Wayne Marsh
    November 5, 2018 7:06 pm

    I’m extremely sorry to hear of Vic’s death. In the 90’s he and and Troy would sing with our group at Country Nites in Waverly. He was always a pleasure, and he was a nice gentleman. Prayers for the entire family.

  4. Larry and Mary Eikenberry
    November 6, 2018 2:39 am

    Blessed to have served together on TN State Staff. Vic was pure pleasure. Peace and love to Rita and the family.

  5. Mary WARWICK
    November 6, 2018 9:44 am

    Loved Vic. Such a sense of humor and good to everyone. So sorry for your loss

  6. Scott
    November 6, 2018 10:53 am

    Beautiful Obituary for a wonderful man.
    Worthy of every word of praise.
    Yet he sought none.
    A Real Man of God.
    May we all be more like Vic Sands.
    Thank you God for Vic.

  7. Jerry Settle
    November 6, 2018 1:37 pm

    My wife Charlotte and I have enjoyed the friendship, the fun and the entertainment of being friends with Vic and Rita for over 13 years. As Christians we have shared the ups and downs of life along with the blessings of our Lord and Savior
    Jesus Christ. We have shared the last 2 years and nine months and know that Vic’s graduation to heaven was in God’s timing and to stop the suffering and pain. PTL To Rita and the family, be Blessed in Jesus name again today!

  8. Rhonda Maxey
    November 6, 2018 2:49 pm

    What a truly wonderful tribute to Vic and his legacy. He so loved his family. He is truly deserving of every word. I could not help feeling lifted by his spirit each time I encountered him and Rita on any occasion. No doubt God has welcomed him with open arms.

  9. Betsy (Voignier) Young
    November 6, 2018 7:42 pm

    Sorry for your loss prayers for peace and healing for all. May Vic Rest In Peace. He was a very friendly person and also very kind to everyone. God gained another Angel 😇

  10. Donna J Poe
    November 6, 2018 10:12 pm

    I knew Vic through his wonderful mother, Shirley Harper, a wonderful friend. We attended Park Christian Church together.
    It was always an inspiring service when Vic performed at his mom’s home church. He was beloved by all at Park, and Shirley was always so proud when he sang. My heartfelt sympathy to Rita and family.

  11. Don and Judy Warren
    November 7, 2018 6:34 am

    We will all miss Vic. He was so kind to everyone and a great mc and a smile that we will all remember. Our prayers are with you.

  12. Carolin (Corbell) Baker
    November 7, 2018 10:27 am

    So sorry to hear of his passing, to young to go. Had not seen him since he was a child. I am a first cousin to his late mother, Shirley, we were very close as kids

  13. rebecca oneal
    November 7, 2018 10:37 am

    Our dads were friends and from the time we could leave the neighborhood and venture out, I considered him a friend. From grade school on up to NAHS. Not a time that I drive down Old Ford road that I don’t think of him. I truly wish I knew about these great blessings he had before now. Always loved his smile and red hair. So sorry and prayers to his family. Sad to say goodbye.

  14. Janet Needham
    November 7, 2018 3:23 pm

    I remember a sweet boy from the neighborhood. Had a crush on him in elementary school.. he made sure we spoke to each other at a reunion. Always think of him when I drive past the old neighborhood and his street. Janet Knight Needham

  15. James Collins
    November 7, 2018 3:58 pm

    Rest in peace Vic, will miss you at state rally’s. James Coollins

  16. Ray & Marian MacDonald
    November 8, 2018 11:04 am

    We were sad to hear of Vic’s passing…we met him when we moved to TN and became active in the TN Good S am’s. He and Rita were very involved in Good Sam and we always had fun with Vic. His love for Rita and family was foremost and he battled this disease with lots of optimism and had a smile on his face. He was the life of the party as the DJ and performer at many rallies, and he will be missed. Our sincere sympathy to Rita and family…..our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of grief. God Bless !

  17. Dawn & Buck Parham, and Kotsch family
    November 8, 2018 6:37 pm

    Rita and family,
    We were so sorry to hear about Vic’s long journey with cancer, and the loss you have just experienced 😔…We are very glad to know that Vic is with our precious Lord, but know this is a very difficult time for you, your children, and his entire family!… I want you to know that we will be thinking about you all, and praying for you in the coming days for God to be close to you all and give you healing and peace… In Christ’s love, Dawn & Buck Parham, and the Kotsch family

  18. julie mobley
    November 8, 2018 7:02 pm

    We were so sorry to hear the sad news about Vic, we will always remember our camping days with you both and still talk about the good times we shared. Wish we could be there for the service but have moved to Texas a few years ago but will always thank God for your friendship to us. Dave and Julie ( Mobley)

  19. Auslin Forester
    November 8, 2018 10:09 pm

    I miss my grandfather so much. He meant the world to me. If it wasn’t for him I never would have found the lord, I have so many funny memories with him. Whenever I was playing a sport or getting an award he was there for me. I love you papaw. You will be missed by me and the rest of the family.

  20. Betty Jackson Ervin
    November 10, 2018 5:42 pm

    I went to high school with VICTOR ( at that time).
    He was also so sweet to me. I was shy then. A good friend . My heart goes out to his family. Always hurts more to lose someone your age. It makes it too real.

  21. Danny DeGott
    May 16, 2019 1:43 pm

    I have known Vic since 1968. We were just two young guys that hung out together. I thought a lot of Vic, Rita, and the kids. Me and Vic was more than friends, we were brothers and stayed in touch for over 50 years. I miss him every day and still get tears in my eyes. I even had to stop writing this message several times to wipe tears away. I know he is in heaven and I hope to see him again. I love you brother.

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