John Michael Sandlin, 59, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2012, in Atlanta, Ga., at the home of his sister, Connie. John Michael was born in Birmingham on Oct. 11, 1952. He spent much of his youth in Tucson, Ariz., where he developed a great love of all things involving Western culture. He moved back to Walker County during his teenage years, graduating from Dora High School in 1971. He attended and graduated from Walker College, in Jasper, and also went on to graduate from UAB with a degree in journalism. While at UAB, he became the editor of The Kaleidoscope and earned many scholastic awards. He began his career in journalism at the Daily Mountain Eagle. His early days at the paper were spent as a photographer, news reporter and columnist. Later, he became the managing editor and won many personal awards for writing and reporting. During his tenure there as managing editor, the Daily Mountain Eagle won the General Excellence award.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Faye York Sandlin (Faye Sellers).
John Michael is survived by his father, Winfred Sandlin (Marie), of Jasper; sisters, Connie Sandlin Putney of Atlanta, Ga., and Carla Sandlin Thompson of Birmingham. Also surviving him are his nephews, Michael Stubbs (Angela), Jeremy Stubbs, Peter Stubbs, Alex Stubbs (Lisa), and Josh Thompson; grandniece, Alexandria Kate Stubbs; and grandnephew, Jackson Elijah Thompson. He also leaves behind his beloved uncle, Walton Sellers (Dorothy) of Dora, along with many cousins and friends.
A celebration of John Michael’s life will be held at a later date in Jasper.
Crowell Brothers Funeral Home, Norcross, GA 770-448-5757