Harvey Gibert Sanders

November 19, 1936December 2, 2018

Harvey G. Sanders, Jr., of Greenville, S.C., passed from this life on Saturday, December 1, 2018, after a long period of decline. He was born on November 19, 1936, in McCormick, S.C., to Harvey G. Sanders, Sr., and Sue Lee Sanders. Following graduation from McCormick High School, Harvey received a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina in 1957. He then received his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1960, and, in the same year, was admitted to practice in the US District Court, District of South Carolina and the US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. Harvey’s legal career spanned 58 years, the majority as a partner with Leatherwood, Walker, Todd and Mann and the last few years as a partner with Smith, Moore, Leatherwood. His true calling was the law with his efforts focused primarily on business transactions and business litigation. He argued numerous cases in the US Federal Court and before the South Carolina Supreme Court. Harvey was a passionate advocate for his clients, a trusted advisor and a zealous but fair opponent.

The professional and community contributions of Harvey Sanders were numerous. Among them were Editor of the USC Law Review, 1958-59; Member, Executive Committee and Legal Counsel of the Miss SC Pageant, 1965-1995; President of the Greenville Jaycees, 1966-67; Named to Hall of Fame of Greenville Jaycees, 1987; President of the Greenville Literacy Association, 1969-70; Board of Directors Greenville Chamber of Commerce, 1967 and General Counsel, 1976-78; Carolina Scholars Scholarship Selection Committee, 1975-80; President, Greenville Country Club, 1979; and Board of Directors of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, 2000-2007.

Beyond his professional life, Harvey was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and mentor. For a number of years he served as a deacon of Pendleton Street Baptist Church, taught a college Sunday School class and coached the youth basketball team. Harvey’s passion for the law was rivaled by his love of golf, a love which led to travel far and wide with friends and family. The ultimate perfectionist, he was always trying to groove that golf swing just a little bit better.

Harvey was first married to Barbara L. Sanders, who predeceased him on December 23, 1998. Harvey is survived by his wife, Nancy Sanders, and his daughter Suzanne Sanders Putnam (Ken) and sons Harvey G. (Bert) Sanders III (Beth) and Barry Langley Sanders (Becky). He is also survived by his grandchildren Heidi P. Madrid (Ryan), Heather P. Oliver (Paul) and Holli P. Mitchell (Donny), Lily Jing Sanders, Iris Elizabeth Sanders, John Roddy (Jack) Sanders, and Alexandria Langley Sanders. Harvey’s sister, Ann S. Wilson, survives him. He is also survived by his stepchildren, Sherri R. Guin (Tim), Pamela R. Frey (Tom), and David M. Roper (Cynthia), who brought him great laughter and joy.

A service of memory and celebration will be held on Monday, December 10, 2018, at 3:00 pm, at First Baptist Church, 847 Cleveland St., Greenville, SC. A reception and time of visitation will immediately follow at the Church. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to The National Alzheimer Association.

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  • Nancy Sanders, Wife
  • Suzanne Sanders Putnam, Daughter
  • Ken Putnam, Son-in-law
  • Harvey G. (Bert) Sanders III, Son
  • Beth Sanders, Daughter-in-law
  • Barry Langley Sanders, Son
  • Becky Sanders, Daughter-in-law
  • Heidi P. Madrid, Grandchild
  • Ryan Madrid, Grandchild-in-law
  • Heather P. Oliver, Grandchild
  • Paul Oliver, Grandchild-in-law
  • Holli P. Mitchell, Grandchild
  • Donny Mitchell, Grandchild-in-law
  • Lily Jing Sanders, Grandchild
  • Iris Elizabeth Sanders, Grandchild
  • John Roddy (Jack) Sanders, Grandchild
  • Alexandria Langley Sanders, Grandchild
  • Ann S. Wilson, Sister
  • Sherri R. Guin, Stepdaughter
  • Tim Guin, Stepson-in-law
  • Pamela R. Frey, Stepdaughter
  • Tom Frey, Stepson-in-law
  • David M. Roper, Stepson
  • Cynthia Roper, Stepdaughter-in-law


  • Memorial Service Monday, December 10, 2018
  • Visitation Monday, December 10, 2018

Harvey Gibert Sanders

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Zandra Johnson

December 10, 2018

Nancy, Bert and Family:
I am deeply saddened by the loss of Harvey. I will forever cherish the memories made with him, most of which were instrumental in the development of my career as a lawyer. I will be forever thankful for his selflessness, generous mentoring and unconditional friendship. May you all find comfort in the memories you have of our beloved Harvey.

Richard Few

December 7, 2018


I treasure the memories of the many great times we had together with you and Harvey, the Carpenters, Preziosos, and Eoline and me. I am thinking of you and your family.


Dan Jones

December 6, 2018

This message is for son, Bert.
Bert, you are in my thoughts and prayers. The season of Advent is special and I believe it is special as time for one to end their earthly journey. It was the season of Advent (2000) that my mother died and I took comfort in that...knowing that her years of preparation had come to a conclusion and she now was face to face with Jesus.
Hopefully you will take a similar comfort. God bless you.

John M Dillard

December 5, 2018

I practiced law at the Greenville County bar for over a half century. During that time I had interaction with Harvey Sanders. There were few lawyers who met his professional competence in so many areas. He was a delight to be around and work with. I knew him before he became a lawyer while he was still living at home in McCormick. He was always thoughtful and considerate of others. He will be missed by many. My thoughts and sympathies to his entire family.

Mark Little

December 5, 2018

Harvey acted as a personal and professional advocate for many years. I never knew anyone so able to inspire confidence that we would achieve whatever goal we were pursuing. In all of our dealings I never once heard him raise his voice or commit even the smallest discourtesy. It was also no small coincidence that we always were successful. My ideal of a gentleman.

Neil Whitman

December 5, 2018

I'm sorry to hear of Harvey's passing. He did a great job representing a company I worked for in Greenville. Harvey was the consummate professional and with his help we never lost a case! Beside his legal work, Harvey and I enjoyed numerous rounds of home and home golf. His obituary got it right when it mentioned his never ending quest for a better swing. He was a tinkerer! May he rest in peace.

Peace Center

December 5, 2018


We are so sorry to hear of Harvey's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We hope you find peace and love in the memories you cherish.

With deepest sympathy,

Your Friends at the Peace Center