Funeral services for John L. Sanders, 88, Athens, formerly of Stilwell, Okla., will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel in Athens with Carrie Clark officiating. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to service time.
A graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Stilwell City Cemetery, with visitation Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Hart Funeral Home, Stilwell, Okla.
Mr. Sanders died Sunday, May 12, 2013 in Athens.
He was born May 11, 1925 to the late John Benjamin and Anna Amelia Paden Sanders.
Mr. Sanders moved to Athens in 1985 after retiring as an engineer for Mobil Oil for 35 years, serving two tours overseas in Libya and Nigeria. After serving one term in the United States Marines he was called back to serve two others times. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. While Mr. Sanders served in the South Pacific, he participated in the landing of Guam and Iwo Jima and witnessed the flag raising on Mount Surabachi. He was a member of the Athens Pea Pickers Square Dancers Club, Athens Lions Club and a member of First United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Billie Ruth “Bea” Sanders, May 6, 1996; daughters, Lorna Ruth Sanders, Terrie Lynn Sanders; great-grandson, Clayton Moore; and a brother, Doyle Sanders.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Sanders of Athens; sons, Randal Sanders of Ruidoso, N.M., James Sanders and his wife Sue of Houston; daughters, Ann Dobogai and her husband Jerry pf Stilwell, Okla., Mary Sanders of Caddo Mills; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; stepsons, Rick Pierce and his wife Bonnie of Raleigh, N.C., Roger Pierce and his wife Dyna of Russellville, Ark., Phillip Pierce and his wife Norman of Fort Worth, Timothy Pierce and his wife Dawn of Keller; seven step-grandchildren, 10 step-great-grandchildren; brother, Joe Sanders of Norman, Okla.
Honorary pallbearers are Ed Thoes and Paul Mackie.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to The Samaritan Project, 201 St. Thomas St. Athens, Texas 75751 (903) 677-5624.
You may leave a message of condolence or light a memorial candle for the family at www.carroll-lehr.com.