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Asheville - John Turner Saunders, Jr., died on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center. A native of Asheville, he was born on October 7, 1935 to the late Dr. and Mrs. John T. Saunders.
John attended Asheville Country Day School and was a 1953 graduate of Asheville High. He attended Duke University and was a graduate of UNC-A. A veteran of the US Navy, he retired as a Master Chief, Petty Officer. Following his retirement from the Navy, John was employed at Asheville Industries for many years. John taught Computer Sciences and Mathematics at AB Technical College for 25 years. A very active, lifelong member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, he served as Warden and was an Acolyte since childhood.
Compassionate, wise, and known by those around him as a gentle man and a scholar. John will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.
His survivors include his wife of 51 years, Gaylen Kennerly Saunders; son, Dr. John T. Saunders, III and his wife, Deidre; daughter, Suzanne E. Saunders and her partner, Ashe Michael; three grandchildren, Katie, Kari and Kyle; sister, Weezie Frue; nephews, Jack and Michael Frue and a niece, Vicki Acton.
A Requiem Mass will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, February 8, 2014 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church with the Reverend O. C. Edwards officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC 28801.
Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent through the website www.morrisfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Morris Funeral Home
304 Merrimon Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Feb. 7, 2014