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Stephen J. Sanders Jr.

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Stephen J. Sanders Jr. Obituary
Sanders, Stephen J. Jr.
November 10, 1919 - November 4, 2015. Stephen J. Sanders, Jr., age 95, passed away suddenly, but peacefully, at his home in The Boulders, Carefree, Arizona, on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. Born November 10, 1919 in Salisbury, North Carolina, Mr. Sanders was "A Man for All Seasons." In his personal life, Mr. Sanders married Mildred Anita McCormick, March 31, 1944. He had one son, Stephen J. Sanders III. This marriage ended in divorce in January of 1964. On April 21, 1979, he married Patrice Lynn Mick and they remained happily married until his death. During World War II, Mr. Sanders served in the United States Army from 1942-1950, first as a battalion staff officer in the Infantry, then with the Military Police during the Nuremberg War Crime trials, and later with the Counter Intelligence Corps during the Cold War. He was discharged as a Captain. Upon returning to Mississippi, he served as an account executive and national advertising manager for The Clarion-Ledger and Jackson Daily New, and in 1958 he founded The Mississippi World Trade Council. In 1963, after a cataclysmic, life-changing experience, Mr. Sanders founded a religious lay order, FELLOWSHIP OF THE CROWN, which grew into THE CROWNIST FAITH. In 1980, Mr. Sanders took his Faith into the marketplace founding the Stefan Mann stores which started in Carmel, California, and grew to a total of five including a store in Trump Towers and el Pedregal in North Scottsdale. Mr. Sanders hosted "The Crownist Faith Hour" on KFNX radio in Phoenix, Arizona, from 1995-2002, and "World News and Commentary with Stephen Sanders" from 1999-2002. His awards include: Military Campaign Medals: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe. Decorations: Bronze Star for Valor: Battle of Osweiler, Luxembourg, December 18, 1944; Combat Infantryman's Badge; "E" Flag for export awarded by John F. Kennedy; and The Friendship Award, awarded by The Federal Republic of Germany. He was selected for Who's Who in the South and Southwest and Who's Who in California. His writings include his book To Him Who Conquers, published by Doubleday and Company. On November 10th, memorials were held throughout the United States to honor this unique and inspirational man, who helped make the world a better place. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Sanders can be sent to: The Crownist Faith, Post Office Box 3770, Carefree, AZ 85377. Arrangements entrusted to Messinger Indian School Mortuary.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 15, 2015
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