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Joseph Andrew Sanderson

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Joseph Andrew Sanderson, also known as J.A., Sonny, Sandy or brother - one of his favorite names - this wonderful and true man of God, went home with his Heavenly Father on Dec. 15, 2013.
Becoming ill shortly after his wife of 66 year, was diagnosed with dementia, Joseph proved his dedication to the love of his life, Opal Sanderson.
With many loved ones by his side, he carried on with praise and worship and continued spreading love and faith to anyone he came in contact with.
Having a heart of gold and his unforgettable laugh would leave a smile on anyone's face. Joseph always had a guitar or harmonica within reach up until his last song.
His love for music and worship was contagious enough to have any nurse tote his ole guitar around at the hospital and nursing home - where he got his last nickname "The Guitar Man." You would often hear him say "Hey, where you goin'? I haven't played you a song yet?"
Joseph Sanderson was a post-war veteran of World War II, serving in the Calvary in Germany and France. He also worked at Holloman Air Force Base as a civil service employee on multiple jobs with base operations and others for 36 years and retired in 1982.
Joseph and Opal had a ministry for several years: The Outreach Gospel Ministry and Full Gospel Lighthouse, although his biggest love was for his family.
Joseph is survived by his wife, Opal Sanderson, of Alamogordo; three sisters Wanda, Doris and Nancy; two sons Jimmy Sanderson and wife, Debbie, of Tularosa, and Kenneth Sanderson, of Alamogordo; five grandchildren Shawn Sanderson, of Alamogordo, Gina Storseth and husband, Mike, of Alamogordo, Amanda Veyna and husband, Oscar, of Tularosa, Laura Bowen Sanderson, and Lorina Sanchez, of Alamogordo. His pride and joy were his 10 great-grandchildren: Baylee, Masey, James, Jacob, Faith, Jimmy Connor, Nyah, Morgan, Kendall and Alex.
Joseph loved church, music and good company. He spent his entire life caring for others under any circumstances, relying on his faith in God to lead his life and becoming an example for others to follow.
Going home to Heaven was something mentioned on a regular basis, and passed away in the comfort of his home shortly after hearing his beautiful wife say, "I love you honey, I'll see you in Heaven," over the phone where he was only able to shed a tear with his son Jim by his side.
His heart is no longer broken. He now dances through the golden fields of Heaven.
He will be greatly missed.
Graveside service will be at 12 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at the Monte Vista Cemetery. A memorial reception will follow at 1 p.m. at White Sands Community Clubhouse.
In lieu of flowers, the family request those to help those in need and spread your love to the ones that mean the most to you.
God bless.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 21, 2013 to Jan. 20, 2014
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