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James L. "Jimmy" Sanders

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James L. "Jimmy" Sanders Obituary
James L. ""Jim"" Sanders passed away Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at his home in Alamogordo. Jim was 77 years old when he passed after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Jim was born Feb. 5, 1933, in Grundy County, Tenn., to Grover Cleveland and Myrtle Rosa (Parks) Sanders. Jim and his brothers Jack and Glynn spent the next 12 years in Grundy County learning to swim, hunt and fish before moving west with their parents.
The family stopped in Plainview, Texas, on their way west. Grover looked at a farm and was talking to the farmer about his place. The wind was blowing 90 to nothing and Grover asked if the wind always blew this way. The farmer told Grover that sometimes it came from the other direction. Grover loaded up the family and kept going to Albuquerque.
Jim and the family did well in Albuquerque. Jim was a great roller skater, except for one night. Jim was skating at a local rink when he saw a pretty girl sitting on a bench. Jim thought he'd like to get to know her, so he skated over to the bench. Meaning to slide to a stop right next to her, he picked up a little speed on his skates. He landed beside her on the bench, but instead of stopping beside her, he knocked her right off the bench. It turned out OK though, because that pretty girl, Jeanne Danley, became Mrs. James L. Sanders on Sept. 1, 1951.
Jim and Jeanne lived in Albuquerque until Jeanne's father, Henry Danley, landed a job with Tony Llewellyn Construction. Jim always loved driving trucks and this began his passion for driving big rigs.
Jim spent his life working. Jim and Henry Danley went into business together sometime in the early 1970s. Danley Feed Store then became Sanders and Danley Feed Store as it remains today.
Jim started another business in the late 1970s. Oasis Enterprises Inc. is a trucking business that concentrates hauling potable water to residents of the county that have no wells. Jim always felt that providing water to those who have none was a great calling. For all these years, Oasis has provided Jim with the opportunity to drive the trucks that he loved.
The phrase ""if work is play, you'll never work another day"" described Jim to a tee. He had some of his best times working on forest fires or filling lakes and ponds for movies or testing on the base. Jim worked all the way until the Lord called him home. His last fire camp was on the New Fire in Dell City, Texas, working a fire in the Guadalupe National Forest in June 2010.
One of Jim's other favorite activities was going for coffee early in the morning. He went to the Alamo Grill for the last few years with several buddies. The men at that table could solve a lot of problems, and if politicians were inclined to listen, they would have.
Jim worked hard to give back to his community. He was the second president of the Alamogordo Breakfast Lion's Club. He helped build the rodeo arena at the fairgrounds and worked hard to make the Junior Livestock Show and Sale a success. A proud moment in Jim's life was being added to the Junior Livestock Sale Ring of Honor.
Jim is survived by his wife, Jeanne Sanders, of the family home in Alamogordo; his son Eddie Sanders, of Los Lunas; and daughter Sharon Holmes and her husband, Jonathan, of Alamogordo. Jim had eight grandchildren and six great-grand children.
Jim is survived by two brothers, Jack Sanders and his wife, of Muskogee, Okla., and Glynn Sanders and his wife, of Neosho, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews.
And Jim's trusty sidekick Rebel (a truck driving Jack Russell terrier) continues to stand guard at the family home and business.
Jim was preceded in death by his daughter, Jimmie Jean; son Leonard; and his parents Grover Cleveland and Myrtle Rosa Sanders.
A memorial service will be held at Hamilton O'Dell Funeral Home at 1334 North Scenic Drive in Alamogordo. Services will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, and will be followed by a lunch reception at the New Beginnings Church of the Nazarene at 817 North Scenic Drive.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that friends make donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The Sanders family has entrusted their loved one to Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.
Farewell, Jim Sanders. You will always be known as a man among men.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 27 to Oct. 27, 2010
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