Sammy H. Sanders

May 1, 1934July 27, 2013

Sammy H. Sanders, 79, died on Saturday July 27, 2013. He is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Faith; daughters, Cheryl Luker and husband, Donny; Carol Dellinger and husband, Randy; grandchildren, David Luker, Dana Luker, Claire Dellinger and Sanders Dellinger; and sister, Emily Gunnells. Mr. Sanders was born on May 1, 1934 on a farm in Hart County, Georgia to Clemie G. and Lillie Bailey Sanders. He attended Hart County Public Schools, graduating in 1951. He received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Georgia in 1955 and obtained a Masters of Education in 1964. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1959. He taught vocational agriculture at Oconee County High School and was first elected Oconee County School Superintendent in 1965. He was re-elected seven consecutive times and served as School Superintendent for 28 years until his retirement in 1993. He then served as mayor of Watkinsville from 1994 until 2000. He was a deacon and member of Beech Haven Baptist Church for 43 years and was also active at New Hope Baptist Church, Greshamville, Georgia. The family will receive friends Monday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Bernstein Funeral Home in Athens. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Beech Haven Baptist Church in Athens. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park, Athens, GA. Online condolences may be made at Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


  • Visitation Monday, July 29, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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Culbreth Jewelers

August 10, 2013

Faith it is with a heavy heart I greet you at this time. So sorry to hear about Sam. I pray that you are well. If you need me you can call. Ed & Beatrice Culbreth, Culbreth Jewelers

Lamar and Marian Downs

August 3, 2013

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Jerry Whitlock

August 1, 2013

Carol-So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you & your Family

Leigh Christian-Chapman

July 30, 2013

Mr. Sanders will greatly be missed, he hold a special place in our hearts. The family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Jan & Leigh

Shelby Crowe Wiezorek

July 30, 2013

Oconee County is a better place to live today because of Mr Sammy's love and dedication to Oconee County.

July 30, 2013

Thoughts and prayers are with you today. Mom and Dad have often shared with us the fun times all of you had together as friends in college.
Thinking of you,
Ron & Paula Lang

Kimberly Wortham

July 30, 2013

Mr. Sammy Sanders you were such a wonderful friend, a dedicated community leader in Oconee County and a superb Educator for our schools. The love shared with your family and colleagues will always be a wonderful guide to many. Mrs. Faith, my prayers are with your entire family during the days ahead, I love you just as much today as when you taught me in kindergarten. May the memories bring peace that his walk with our Lord will be celebrated eternally with our Father in Heaven.


July 29, 2013

I am sorry for your loss. I hope you can find comfort in the words written at (Jeremiah 29:11,12)

July 29, 2013

Dear Faith and family,
Daddy and I are so sorry to hear of Sammy's passing. Both of you hold a special place on our hearts. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Carol Roth Anderson and Albert Roth

Kecia Powell-Holbrook

July 29, 2013

Saddened to hear the news of Mr. Sanders passing. He was a huge asset to the school system in Oconee County. He will be greatly missed. Praying for the family.