|Birth: ||Feb. 7, 1928|
|Death: ||Jan. 1, 2010|
Son of Louis Ritchie & Ethel Peterson Sanders; pid by wife Mary Evelyn Seale Sanders.
Louis Edward (Ed) Sanders, 81, of Searcy, died at home January 1, 2010. Born to Louis Ritchie Sanders and Ethel Peterson Sanders, Ed was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Mary Evelyn Seale Sanders, and is survived by his sister, Virginia Anderson, and three children -- Deborah Ireland (Mike) of Searcy, Don Sanders (Patti) of Searcy, and Susan Bryan (Leonard) of Rancho Cucamonga, California - as well as 22 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Beginning his career as a mechanical engineer for the U.S. Navy and then as city engineer for Crossett, Arkansas, Ed became a minister of the gospel, preaching at congregations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas. He spent many years in Christian education, training others to preach, serving on the faculties at Brown Trail School of Preaching and Preston Road School of Preaching before moving to Searcy to be director of the School of Biblical Studies at Harding University, where he was also a professor in the Bible department for 20 years. He and Evelyn led students on many mission trips around the world, serving as examples of servant living. For the past several years, Ed was a member of the West Side Church of Christ.
Ed had an intense interest in genealogy, serving as president of and on the board of directors of the Arkansas Genealogical Society, which recently included him in the AGS Hall of Fame, acknowledging his enormous influence on and patience with beginning genealogists.
Visitation is at 9:00 a.m., January 4, at West Side Church of Christ, with the funeral following at 10:00 and interment in Chapel Hill Cemetery near Sparkman, Arkansas. Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Harding University School of Biblical Studies or Harding Graduate School of Religion. www.powellfuneralhome.net
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