William Augustus "Will" Sanders, Jr
October 14, 1935 - July 1, 2014
Macon, GA- Will Sanders, age 78, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
Will was born in Macon to the late William Augustus Sanders, Sr. and Martha Heath Sanders. He graduated from Lanier High School in 1954 where he was a linebacker and a guard for the football team and was awarded all-region, all-state, and all-southern honors. Will then signed a full football scholarship to play for The University of Georgia for Coach Wally Butts. His love of sports has continued throughout his life as Will was an avid Braves fan and especially a UGA Dawg fan. He began his working career with Southern Bell as a lineman but his connection with sports led him to open his own business and he became the owner/operator of The Sportsman Club on Third Street in downtown Macon. Will was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who had a magnetic personality that made anybody who met him a friend and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. One of his favorite pastimes was hanging out at the local Waffle House, usually twice a day, drinking coffee with many of those same friends.
Will is survived by his wife of 14 years, Brenda Wainwright Sanders of Macon, 3 children; Trip Sanders of Thailand, Kyle Sanders of Tampa, FL and Kristy Sanders (Kelly) Windham of Macon, 2 step-children; Joy (Ed) Floyd of Macon and Jeff (Michelle) Mercer of Macon, 2 grandchildren; Kyndell and Kyle Windham of Macon and a brother; Tommy (Margaret) Sanders of Macon.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Bradley Sanders.
The family will receive friends on Thursday night from 6:00-8:00 pm at Crest Lawn Funeral Home. In honor of Independence Day, funeral services will be held in the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 11:00 am.
Please sign the online registry at, www.crestlawnfuneral.com.
Crest Lawn Funeral Home has charge of funeral and burial arrangements.
Crest Lawn Funeral Home
3275 Pio Nono Avenue Macon, GA 31206
Published in The Telegraph from July 2 to July 3, 2014