Thomas Edwin Sanders, 92, of Warren, passed from this life on March 27, 2018, at Arkansas Heart Hospital.

He was born on December 8, 1925 at Warren and was the son of the late Keith Sanders and Davie Leslie Sanders.

Mr. Sanders served during World War II in the U.S. Army in the 102nd Infantry Division, known as the Ozark unit. He served in combat operations from France throughout the European Theater ending in Berlin.

He was a member of the Antioch Primitive Baptist Church. He loved his family and getting together for family meals and holidays, was an avid gardner known for his “green thumb” and worked as a grocery salesman for more than 30 years, traveling throughout most of southeast Arkansas. Friends and relatives knew Mr. Sanders to be a kind, patient, honest, and courteous Southern gentleman.

He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 71 years, Melba Jeanette Gambill Sanders of Warren; a daughter, Brenda Carol McDougald and husband, Kenneth McDougald; a granddaughter, Leslie Ann McDougald Stephens and husband Joseph Gentry Stephens; and a great grandson, Gentry Thomas Stephens; all of Warren. He is also survived by one sister, Nan Walker of Warren and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Bill Sanders; and two sisters, Emma Sanders Watson and Peggy Sanders Temple.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. at Frazer’s Funeral Home in Warren. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with burial at Ebenezer Cemetery, west of Warren.

Pallbearers are Jim Anders, Johnny Gonzalez, Charlie Gonzalez, Joe Hairston, Chuck McGinty, Gentry Thomas Stephens, Cliff Morgan, and Billy Sanders. Honorary pallbearers are Mark Johnson, Glenn Arrowood, Paul Bertrand, Jerrel Stanfield, Kerry Pennington, Jack Gambill, Chuck Cutrer, David Ragar, Joseph Stephens, Don Kundert, Howard Calvert and Vernon Price.

Memorials may be made to the Bradley County Veterans Museum, 210 N. Main Street, Warren, AR 71671.

 

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