OBITUARY

Jonathan C. Saunders

September 11, 1988February 4, 2019
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A Time to Be Born On September 11, 1988 a beautiful bouncing baby boy was born weighing 9lbs and 11ozs. His parents, Craig Roland and Janice Laurie Saunders finished creating their family with their first and only boy. His father had the privilege of naming him Jonathan Craig Saunders.

A Time to Live Jonathan Craig Saunders completed all his education here in Broward County. He attended Mary McCloud Bethune Elementary where he was first introduced to the “Band Life”. He began playing in the drum section as a percussionist. He loved music and being in the band allowed him to share his talent with others. He performed in many school concerts and was able to share the experience with his cousins Caleb and Nicole. After Bethune, Jonathan attended Attucks Middle School, where he continued to perfect his musical talent. He was given the ability to perform in many concerts and parades during his time at Attucks. Jonathan followed in his sisters’ footsteps and attended Stranahan High School. Both Sakina and Shantella were members of the “Mighty Dragons Marching Band” so Jonathan joined to continue the legacy. He put down the drums and picked up a trombone. Many nights he worked to perfect his craft and shared his musical skill traveling to many venues in and out of the state.

After school, Jonathan had a desire to serve the community. He considered all the ways in which he could, and his path lead him to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. He worked diligently to meet all the necessary requirements to join the BSO family. After passing each exam and accomplishing each requirement, he became more excited each time. When he was finally asked to join the Broward Sheriff’s Office, he proudly accepted the position. He loved working with the organization and affectionately talked about all the people he made connections with. He worked with the Broward Sheriff’s Office for a total of 7 years. January 3, 2019, which fell on his mother’s birthday, was his 7th year anniversary. Jonathan’s final accomplishment was his business. He was the proud creator and owner of JS Wear. He had a desire to spread his love for Christ and attended to do so by creating Christian Clothing Wear. He created numerous designs and was in the process of printing samples. He was so excited, and his mother and sisters were so very proud of him.

Jonathan loved his family and people in general, but he also loved the Lord. He knew this was his temporary home, so he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at a very young age. Jonathan attended the Hollywood Church of God of Prophecy, where he served as a faithful member until the very end. He ran the church’s Multimedia Department alongside his sister, Shantella. Later, he trained his “nephew” Isaiah. The last text message received by Isaiah, from his “Uncle Jonathan”, was encouraging words reminding Isaiah of all he taught him and told him that he can handle anything. Jonathan started a Toy Drive and handed out toys within the church’s community. He loved knowing he was able to help make a child happy during the holiday season. Jonathan also served at youth camp and enjoyed working with the youth. He wanted all young people to know that God loved them, and he wanted them to reach out to others so they too can experience God’s love and blessings. He enjoyed speaking with the young men at the church and would encourage them to be Godly men every chance he got.

A Time to Die On Monday, February 4, 2019, around 10:00pm, Jonathan transitioned from this Earthly home to his Heavenly home. He “fought a good fight”, he “finished” the “course”, and “kept the faith”. Preceding him in death were his grandparents Miriam and Roland Saunders and Ruth and Calvin Missick.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving and devoted parents Craig and Janice Saunders, his sisters Sakina Saunders (Maurice), Shantella Jean Baptiste (Rickinson) “Gia Roberts”; one “brother” “L. David Roberts” two nieces Malia Black and Myel Jean Baptiste; two “nephews” Isaiah and Christian Roberts (Godson); his aunts Judy Ferguson (Nicholas) Devie Forbes (Derek), Christine Clarke (Ashley) Monique & Shanique Missick; his cousins Nathan, Caleb (Shamantha ), Nicole, Nicholas “Oval” Ferguson (Keisha), Jhamie, Nuresha, C.J., Zyir (Godson), Brian, Samara, Nora, Ashlia, Barbara Ferguson, Veronica Rolle (Rodrick), Ricardo Ferguson (Charmaine), Eunice Sands (Raymond Sr.), Nadine Cooper, Arnold Davis, and a host of relatives and friends that will treasure the precious moments they shared.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.forestlawnsouth.com for the Saunders family.

  • FAMILY

  • Craig and Janice Saunders, Parents
  • his sisters Sakina Saunders (Maurice), Shantella Jean Baptiste (Rickinson) “Gia Roberts”;

    one “brother” “L. David Roberts”

    two nieces Malia Black and Myel Jean Baptiste;
    two “nephews” Isaiah and Christian Roberts (Godson);

    his aunts Judy Ferguson (Nicholas) Devie Forbes (Derek), Christine Clarke (Ashley) Monique & Shanique Missick;

    his cousins Nathan, Caleb (Shamantha ), Nicole, Nicholas “Oval” Ferguson (Keisha), Jhamie, Nuresha, C.J., Zyir (Godson), Brian, Samara, Nora, Ashlia, Barbara Ferguson, Veronica Rolle (Rodrick), Ricardo Ferguson (Charmaine), Eunice Sands (Raymond Sr.), Nadine Cooper, Arnold Davis,

    and a host of relatives and friends that will treasure the precious moments they shared.

Services

16 February

Funeral Service

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Church of God of Prophecy Sure Foundation Ministries

5541 South West 20th Street
West Park, Florida 33023

16 February

Committal Service

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens South

2401 Davie Road
Davie, Florida 33317

16 February

Reception

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Forest Lawn Funeral Home

2401 Southwest 64th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Friday, February 15, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, February 15, 2019
REMEMBERING

Jonathan C. Saunders

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Nicole Ferguson

February 15, 2019

Jonny-O,
Where do I begin? I am still at a lost for words. I don't know how to let you go.... You were caring, compassionate, loving, giving, strong, consistent, and the list goes on. The past two weeks have been challenging, but I know you're at peace. I will miss you at the family gatherings, our annual trips, and birthday celebrations. I won't be able to text you anymore and check up on you. However, I will cherish every memory we had. You were a great man. I will forever be proud of you. Jonny, you did good. Sleep on cuzzo. I'll see you later. 😘

Love,
Nikki

Donovan Capron

February 14, 2019

J, I'm a little misty eyed again writing because I know a friend like you is extremely hard to come by. Thank you for great times, the fun missions me, you and, Brandon went on, for the cool Godly advice you always had, but most of all...showing me what a real Christian is supposed to be like. Thanks for being my brother from another mother. Love Donovan

Ilene Arnette

February 10, 2019

Jon, Jon Jon, Little bro. which I affectionately called you. You are missed so much. I think of the times we talked, laughed and joked around, and you showing me your new car every year! Most importantly the times you looked out for me. You were that little brother with a big heart. Always caring, and loving, with a gentle spirit. You were an angel in my eyes, and God took a special angel to be with him. Your in a better place now. I’ll miss you little bro... you will always be in my heart. ❤️ Love, Sis

Shantella Jean Baptiste

February 10, 2019

Jonny,

I can't fathom what life will be like without you being here. There is now a lingering emptiness I've felt since you've departure. Myel has been robbed of her Uncle, and will never have the opportunity to hear you laugh, see you smile when she does something silly, or lay on your shoulder when she tired herself out from playing. You were the most AMAZING BROTHER a person could ask for. We shared so many memories over the years, but the one I will miss the most is just seeing you. You were a protector of all the women in your life. Everytime you dropped me off, you made sure to check the whole apartment just in case someone was hiding to harm us. Even the bugs weren't safe when Jonathan was in the house! I was blessed to have you as a brother. I wouldn't trade you for anything in this world. Myel and any child I have after her will always know who their Uncle Jonathan was. Forever in my heart, forever in my thoughts.

Love Always,

Tella

Devie Forbes

February 10, 2019

MY HANDSOME AND WELL DRESSED NEPHEW, I REMEMBER WHEN I WOULD COME OVER ON MY VACATION I WOULD BABYSIT YOU SO YOUR GRANDPARENTS WOULD GET A BREAK.I REFLECT ON GIVING YOU YOUR BOTTLE AND CHANGING YOUR DIAPERS.YOU HAVE GROWN UP TO BE A WELL MANNERED YOUNG MAN.THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU WAS IN JULY. IF ONLY I KNEW THAT WAS THE LAST TIME I WOULD SEE YOU ALIVE I WOULD HAVE HELD YOU FOR A VERY LONG LONG LONG TIME. AM WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO WAKE ME OUT OF A DREAM. BUT NOW I SAY BYE FOR NOW UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN FOR GOD SAW YOU WERE TIRED AND GAVE YOU PEACE. LOVE YOU JOHNNIE FROM AUNTIE DEVIE ❤😞

Sakina Saunders

February 9, 2019

“Joey”,

You have truly been one of the joys of my life. I was excited when I learned I was getting a baby brother and was determined to name you after my favorite Charlie Brown character. You hated it at first, but being you, you decided to go with it because it made me happy.

You ALWAYS wanted everyone to be happy and feel loved.

It’s hard to say I will miss you because I don’t want to let you go. We will still have our talks and you will continue to make me laugh and smile because of the memories.

I love you so much and that will never change. Sleep in peace and I look forward to seeing your smiling face when it’s my time to go.

Love You Always,
Your Big Sister Sakina

Forest Lawn Funeral Home South

February 7, 2019

Forest Lawn South would like to express our deepest and sincerest condolences to you and your family at this most difficult time.

We wish you peace to bring comfort, the courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

Sincerely,
Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens South Staff

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