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SANDERS, Sr., Thomas THOMAS JEFFERSON SANDERS, SR. Thomas Jefferson Sanders, Sr., 89, of Johns Creek, Georgia died peacefully at his home at the Benton House on April 23, 2013. He was born December 31, 1923 in Elberton, Georgia and was one of eight children born to the former John Elias Sanders and Jemima McMullen Sanders. He was preceded in death as well by sisters Nell Markwalter, Irene Darrough, Mary Helen Johnson and brothers William Herman Sanders, John Thurman Sanders and Joe Carl Sanders. During World War II he served in the Army Air Corp in the South Pacific including Okinawa. After the war he graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Business Administration and was a member of Alpha Kappa Phi Fraternity. Tom lived in Atlanta, Georgia and worked for Astra Zeneca (formerly Stuart) Pharmaceutical Company for 34 years. Retiring in 1986, he and his wife, Connie, moved to Gainesville, Georgia where they lived on Lake Lanier for 19 years. In 2000, Tom and Connie moved to Alpharetta. Tom was a member and past deacon of First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville. He was a member of the Prime Time Singers, Older Adult Council, Men's Garden Club and Masonic Lodge 210. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Constance Upchurch Sanders, two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Tim O'Bryan of Owensboro, Kentucky and Kathy and David Carr of Alpharetta, Georgia, and one son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Lynne Sanders of Raleigh, North Carolina; Grandchildren, Casey O'Bryan, Katie Carr (Skip) Davidson, John Carr, Will Carr, Charlie Carr, Abby Carr, Thomas Sanders, III, Sara Sanders, Tim (Linda) O'Bryan, Jr. and Kathy (Scott) Hempel; Great Grandchildren Hayden Davidson, Knox Davidson, Rhett Davidson, Katelyn Hempel and Karlie Hempel. Tom's pride was his family and he was a loving husband, a devoted father and friend to so many. He enjoyed Lake Lanier, his garden (prize tomatoes and roses), his little dog Rudy and his Georgia Bulldogs. A celebration of Tom's life will be held at 4:30PM on Sunday, April 28, 2013 in the Chapel at Perimeter Church with Rev. Herschel Hatcher officiating. A reception will be held at the church after the service so that friends may visit with the family. Interment will be at a later date at First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson Foundation or First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville. Please express condolences at www.southcare.us. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society in Alpharetta, (678) 735-5500.
South Care Cremation and Funeral Society- Alpharetta
2260 Old Milton Parkway Alpharetta, GA 30009
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Apr. 26, 2013