Notable natives and residentsEdit
- Jeff Blake, football player
- Charlie Carlson, author
- Jim Courier, tennis player
- Chris DiMarco, professional golfer (Heathrow)
- David Eckstein, baseball player
- Altermease Bentley, historian and author
- Elvira Garner, children's author and illustrator
- Larry the Cable Guy, comedian and actor
- Doug Marlette, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, lived in Sanford as a child.
- Jeno F. Paulucci, frozen food tycoon (founder of Michelina's and primary developer of Heathrow, a master-planned, private, gated residential community)
- Tim Raines, baseball player (Heathrow)
- Tim Raines, Jr., baseball player (Heathrow)
- Henry Shelton Sanford, diplomat, businessman & founder of Sanford
- Jeff Faine, football player (New Orleans Saints)
- Zach Johnson, professional golfer
- Tonga 'Uli'uli Fifita, better known as "Haku" and "Meng" in professional wrestling
- ↑ Cartoonist Doug Marlette dies in wreck. Raleigh News and Observer. Retrieved on 2007-07-16.
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