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James A. Sanders, 80, of Deer Park, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla., with his children close by his side.
Jim was born to the late James and Holice Sanders on November 25, 1937, in Oakland. He graduated from Southern High School, proudly served in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and retired after 35 years from Westvaco Paper Mill. He was a man of faith and attended Loch Lynn Church of God.
Jim married the love of his life, Mary, and they were together for 63 years until her passing three months ago.
His greatest joy in his life was spending time with Mary and his family. He and Mary were always together. They cherished every occasion spent with their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren as well as their extended families and friends. They loved beach vacations and the many trips visiting their Florida people.
Jim had a passion for Steeler football, trains, fishing, and repairing motorcycles and snowmobiles.
He was an eager conversationalist and loved listening to and sharing stories with others. He was a proud member of the "US Problem Solvers" group that met daily for morning meetings at McDonalds. His smile was big and his love huge. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten.
Jim is survived by a daughter, Sherry (Sanders) Ferguson, of Deer Park; son, John Sanders and his wife, Carrie, of Saint Johns, Fla.; grandchildren, Jay Ferguson and wife, Jessica, Jamie Ferguson, Jesse Ferguson and Celeste, and Dylan Sanders; great-grandchildren, Kayleah, Noah, and Lily Ferguson; sister, Nancy Shreve and husband, Floyd; sisters-in-law, Gail Sanders, Patricia Liller and husband Delbert, and Shirley Bittinger; brother-in-law, Charles "Bud" Clary and wife, Eva; and numerous nephews and nieces.
In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Clary) Francis Sanders; brother, Darvin Sanders; niece, Vickie Shreve; brother-in-law, Bob Bittinger; and beloved Uncle Bill and Aunt Honey Haines.
The family thanks everyone for the outpouring of love and concern during this difficult time.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Southern Garrett County Rescue Squad.
Condolences to the family may be left at www.adignifiedalternative.net.
Published on February 5, 2018
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