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ZANDERS MARVIN C. 'DOC' ZANDERS The Man, The Method, The Message Entrepreneur, humanitarian, social activist, and philanthropist, Marvin Clyde Zanders was born in Winter Garden, Florida. Zanders prepared himself by attending the grammar schools of Winter Garden and Winter Park. He attended Hungerford High School in Eatonville, Florida and graduated from New Brunswick High School, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Marvin went on to attend the New York School of Embalming and Restorative Arts. He served in The United States Army. Mr. Zanders distinguished himself as a leader of people by utilizing his influence to motivate individuals to become their best. He accomplished this from the helm of the Marvin C. Zanders Funeral Home, Inc. of Apopka, Florida. Zanders served the families of Central Florida for over fifty years. He has given scholarships, support to local schools, in addition to continuous support to various community organizations throughout Central Florida. Through his selflessness, Zanders was showing people that when we give back, we all become better and stronger. "God gave me a chance; let me give my fellowman a chance." This was the impetus that drove Zanders to not let up while pressing toward the mark. This message of self help has inspired many to establish businesses, pursuer college degrees, as well as becoming positive citizens. The response of the people to Zanders humanitarian efforts are evident by the renaming of Lake Avenue in Apopka to Marvin C. Zanders Avenue and the Marvin C. Zanders Park in Winter Garden, Florida. The title of "The People's Choice" was bestowed upon Zanders because of his listening ear, gentle heart, and sharing hand. This servant of God, lover of people translated to his heavenly mansion on Sunday, December 12, 2010, while surrounded by his loving family. He leaves to continue the Zanders Legacy his five children among them, Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Zanders, II (Winifred); nine grandchildren among them, David R. Zanders, Marvin C. Zanders and Micah V. Zanders; five siblings; and the entire staff of the Marvin C. Zanders Funeral Home, Inc. Mr. Zanders was a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Apopka, FL. A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, December 20, 2010, 12:00 NOON at the New Destiny Christian Center located at 505 McCormick Road Apopka, FL. Rev. Zachery Tim, Pastor and Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Zanders, II Eulogist. Interment will follow in the Pineywood Cemetery, Winter Park. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 19, 2010 from 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. at Zanders Chapel 232 W. Michael Gladden Blvd. Apopka, FL. A time of Reflection and Celebration Service will be held on Sunday, December 19, 2010, from 6:00-9:00 P.M. at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church located at 927 S. Central Avenue Apopka, FL. Arrangements by: Marvin C. Zanders Funeral Home, Inc, Apopka, FL. This notice is courtesy of JAMES GRAHAM MORTUARY, INC. 3631 MONCRIEF ROAD. Personal Guestbook at www.james-graham-mortuary.com

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Published in the Florida Times-Union on Dec. 17, 2010
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