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Thomas Franklin Sanders


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Thomas Franklin Sanders

Springfield - Thomas Franklin Sanders of Springfield, Mo. passed away in his home the afternoon of February 1 after a long battle with cancer. Tom was born in Barnes City, Iowa, in 1934 to Harold and Zelma Sanders. He would have celebrated his 84th birthday on February 8. Tom attended Barnes City Schools and graduated from Barnes City High School in 1951. Tom married Louise Fay Johnson on June 14, 1953. Shortly after, he served in the Navy before going on to earn a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies from Central Bible Institute (CBI) in Springfield, Mo.

While attending CBI, Tom began his ministry at The Assembly of God Headquarters. Upon graduation in 1963, Tom served for 3 years as the pastor of March Assembly of God Church while continuing his work at AG Headquarters. His AG career spanned 37 years in leadership roles including Sunday School Curriculum, Advertising and finally Marketing and Distribution.

Tom was preceded in death by his father Harold, mother Zelma, sister Evelyn and brothers Lester and Max. He is survived by his wife Louise, sister-in-law Mary Sanders, daughter Julie and husband David Bixler, daughter Lisa and husband Kevan Torgerson, and daughter Pamela and husband Matt Stringer. Grandchildren Meredith Bixler Lewis, Amanda Bixler Fronzaglia, Kayla Torgerson Forbes, Nathan Torgerson, Whitney Bixler Wade, Claire Stringer and Brody Stringer. Tom is also survived by 3 great grandchildren as well as nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, February 5, at Central Assembly of God Church, located at 1301 N. Boonville, Springfield, Mo. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 2 p.m. and a graveside ceremony will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Springfield, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Convoy of Hope located at 330 S. Patterson Ave., Springfield, MO 65802, www.convoyofhope.org, and 417-823-8998.
Published in the News-Leader on Feb. 4, 2018
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