Brown Funeral Home announces the death and funeral services of Ernest James Sanders who died Oct. 17, 2012. Sanders was born to the late Leroy Sanders and the late Corintha Heard Sanders Feb. 8, 1948 in Appling County. He was employed with Akzo Nobel for over 20 years and he was a faithful and dedicated employee. Earnest James married the late Aretha Sanders and to this union they had seven children.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Aretha Sanders, his daughter, Charmaine Sanders, two sisters, Lorene Davis and Millie Sanders and one brother, Ronnie Sanders.
Earnest James was a very happy man. He loved to smile.
He will be missed and remembered by his family, friends and everyone who loved him.
Survivors include six children, Leon Sanders, Lee Willis (Felecia) Sanders, Lamar Sanders, Lennis Sanders, Katrina Renee (O’Neal) Lewis and Shalon Sanders, all of Baxley; 13 grandchildren, Brad Chapell, Tramaine Scott-Sanders, Ishmael Sanders, Sameqwa Sanders, Trevon Cray, Dennis Copeland, Sequoria Williams, Ashton Baxley, Gabrielle Baxley, Leedra Sanders, Samar’ia Sanders, Devin Tanner and Yobian Sanders; one great-grandchild, Camden Rucker; five sisters, Brenda (Sammy Lee) Thomas of Baxley, Melissa (Terry) Roberts, Colleen Sanders, Loretta Sanders and Contina Sanders, all of Waycross; three brothers, Eugene and Mitchell Sanders, both of Waycross and Jimmy Sanders of Jacksonville, Fla.; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruby Jean (Julius) Jones, Connie (John Robert) Thomas and Claretha (James) Smith, all of Baxley; dear friends, Delestine Sims, Shirley Gibbs and Earl Williams; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 from St. John Church of God in Christ with Pastor William H. Solomon officiating and Pastor Gloria Hood presiding. Interment followed in Old Field Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Lorenzo Thomas, George Phillips, Demetrius Smith and Dominque Jenkins.
Musical selections were rendered by the St. John COGIC Choir.
Arrangements were under the direction of Brown Funeral Home.