Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at 10 a.m., at LaGrone Funeral Chapel, for John Wesley Sanders, 87, who passed away May 20, 2012. The Rev. Michael K. Shelton of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church will officiate. Internment will follow in South Park Cemetery. Honors will be provided by the United States Air Force.
John was born on March 12, 1925, in Clayton, N.C., to Russell and Elizabeth Sanders.
He was the loving husband of and is survived by his wife of 42 years Wilma Sanders, of Roswell. Additional survivors include three sisters, Addie Sanders Matthews, Vinea Sanders Bridges and Emma Sanders Davis, of Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; son Robert Sanders, of Washington, D.C.; daughters, Norma Hicks and Linda Hicks-Elliott; sons, Walter Hicks Jr., Harry Hicks, Christopher Hicks, Charles Hicks, Gary Hicks and Cecil Hicks; 25 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents the Rev. Russell L. Sanders and Elizabeth McClamb Sanders, of Raleigh, N.C.; and six brothers, Ralph B. Sanders, the Rev. Booker T. Sanders, Russell L. Sanders, Charles L. Sanders, James E. Sanders and George C. Sanders.
John entered the Air Force June 24, 1946, and retired from Walker Air Force Base. He was a former employee of Levi Strauss, a spot welder for Transportation Manufacturing Co. and a member of Twinight Lions Club. He was a faithful member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, where he was ordained as deacon in 1998.
John’s final days were spent in the loving care of the New Mexico State Veterans Home, Unit C, that provided excellent care to his passing.
Pallbearers will be Russell Wright, Charlie Hicks, Gary Hicks, Christopher Hicks, Christopher Hicks II, and Walter Hicks.
Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Sanders, Robert Templeton, Charlie Weathersby and Jim Nunley.
Friends may offer their respects online at lagronefuneralchaples.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.
The family would like to thank all who have offered condolences as well as helping during this time of bereavement. May God bless each of you for your concerns.