ELON - Mr. Gary Elliott Saunders, 53, of 507 Edmund Ct., died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Alamance Regional Medical Center.
He was the son of Mr. William Saunders and Mrs. Henrietta Jenkins Saunders, both of Johns Island, SC, and the husband of Mrs. Jacqueline "Jackie" Saunders of the home.
Survivors include one son, Andre' Joshua Saunders of the home; one daughter, Tiarra Lashay Saunders of Charlotte, NC; three brothers, Byron Jenkins Saunders of Johns Island, SC, William Reginald Saunders (Patricia) of Macon, GA and Clinton Saunders (Iris) of Johns Island, SC; six sisters, Sharon Saunders of Johns Island, SC, Loretta Saunders of Jonesboro, GA, Kathaleen Green (Willie) of Summerville, SC, Alphea Adams (Anthony) of Columbia SC, Myra Perez-Negron (Jose) and Tamara Saunders both of Johns Island, SC; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Gary grew up in Johns Island, SC. He served in the United States Air Force as a Staff Sergeant. He was an elder at the Worship Center International Church of Burlington, NC. He was an ISS teacher at Williams High School in Burlington, NC. He loved basketball. He played and coached for the Air Force during his Military Career and also coached Mid-State Magic Sports in Burlington, NC. He enjoyed singing, making people laugh and spending time with his family. He had a strong compassion for the youth and demonstrated that through coaching and attending many of their sporting events.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the Roy Blackwell Chapel of Blackwell Funeral Home. The Rev. Michael Mangum will be delivering the eulogy.
The body will lie in state from 1 -2 PM prior to the service on Tuesday with the family arriving at 1:00 PM. Public viewing will be Monday, July 28, 2014 from 1 to 8 pm in the Roy Blackwell Chapel at Blackwell Funeral Home. At other times the family will receive visitors and friends at the home.
Condolences may be posted at www.blackwellfuneral.com
Services entrusted to Blackwell Funeral Home, Burlington, NC