|Birth: ||Jan. 13, 1923|
|Death: ||Sep. 21, 2007|
Lifelong Lee County resident, Joseph (Joe) Sanders, 84, of Monarch went to be with the Lord on Sept. 21, 2007. He was born Jan. 13, 1923, in Opelika.
Services will be held at Jeffcoat-Trant chapel Sunday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m. The Rev. Duke Middleton is officiating. Visitation with family will be held at 3 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be at Garden Hills Cemetery.
Joe Sanders is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lorene, and three children, Ann Cipperly (Donald) of Opelika, Rodney Sanders (Debbie) of Birmingham and Meri Payne (Ronald) of Opelika. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. His parents, John Wesley and Eliza Jane Sanders, preceded him in death.
Joe was the youngest of seven children. At an early age, he assumed the responsibility of caring for his crippled mother and father. When he married, he built a house for them next door in order to continue taking care of them; and after his father passed away, he moved his mother into his home. His devotion to his parents was recorded in "The Heritage of Russell County" on the earliest settlers of east Alabama.
As a young man he was part of the Civilian Conservation Corps, which is credited with renewing the nation's decimated forests by planting trees from 1933 to 1942. Joe then went to work in the Pepperell Mill where he met and married his true love for the past 61 years, Lorene Grissett. He retired from WestPoint Pepperell in 1985 after more than 40 years of service.
Joe was a man of honor, integrity and humility. The most important things in life to him were his family and God. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren delighted in his stories of growing up on a farm. In addition to his work and caring for his family, Joe taught Sunday school for many years and served on his church board. He was a member of the Opelika Church of the Nazarene until it closed last December. As a child, he was a member of Pierce Chapel Methodist Church. Joe found his strength in God and passed on a legacy of love of God and compassion for all people. He was highly dedicated to the well being of each of his family members. His family was always proud of him for the values he taught and lived.
Jeffcoat-Trant is directing.
Published in The Opelika-Auburn News on September 23, 2007
Lorene Grissett Sanders (1927 - 2012)
Garden Hills Cemetery
Plot: lot19 91
Created by: Dana Cook
Record added: Sep 26, 2012
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