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East Lawn Funeral Home & East Lawn Memorial Park

4997 Memorial Blvd, Kingsport, TN

OBITUARY

Dr. Fred Sanders

August 9, 1938November 18, 2019
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Dr. Fred Vernon Sanders (81) of Kingsport, TN went to be with the Lord on November 18 after a courageous two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Princeton Indiana to the late Charles Sandford Sanders and Bernice Jeanette Weatherholt Sanders. His brother, Roy Norman Sanders, and sister, Sybil M Niemann, preceded him in death. Dr. Sanders graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry before spending two years in service of the United States Army in Fort Huachuca, Arizona where he attained the rank of captain. He then returned home and spent 42 years serving his many friends in Oaktown, Indiana as their local dentist. He was a long-time member of Shaker Prairie Christian Church in Carlisle, Indiana where he served as deacon and elder. He also worked to improve the dental profession serving in various capacities in the Indiana State Dental Association.

He lived a life of service to his fellow man and the Lord, was a friend to many and never at a loss for words. An engineer at heart, he loved “tinkering” with just about anything that had an adjustment knob (e.g. water heaters, thermostats, etc.). He had many interests including hunting, target shooting and camping in his beloved “boonie wash” in Arizona. He returned to Arizona many times taking as many family and friends who would go. He lived fully in this life while preparing for the next, often serving or donating quietly behind the scenes to a variety of Christian causes.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janet Iris Anderson Sanders and two sons, Brian Sanders and wife Kathy of Kingsport, TN and David Sanders and wife Tricia of Parkersburg, WV. Grandchildren include Victoria (Tori) Sanders, Erika Sanders, Michael Sanders, Nicholas Sanders, Dakota Rippeto (wife Amber) and great grandchildren Chase Rippeto and Isabella Rippeto.

The family will receive friends on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Colonial Heights Christian Church. Funeral services will follow at 6:00pm with Pastor David Mullins officiating.

Dr. Sanders will be laid to rest on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 11:00am at East Lawn Memorial Park in the Apostles’ Estates.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that friends may donate to the food ministry where he served at Colonial Heights Christian Church (105 Meadow Lane, Kingsport, TN 37663) or to the Vanderbilt University Pancreatic Research effort at: Vanderbilt Gift & Donor Services, 3322 West End Ave, Suite 900, Nashville, TN 37203 or by calling 615-936-0230.

  • FAMILY

  • Janet Iris Anderson Sanders, Loving wife of 58 years
  • Brian Sanders and wife Kathy, David Sanders and wife Tricia, Two Sons
  • Vicroria (Tori) Sanders, Erika Sanders, Michael Sanders, Nicholas Sanders, Dakota Rippeto (wife Amber), Grandchildren
  • Chase Rippeto and Isabella Rippeto, Great Grandchildren
  • Charles Sandford Sanders and Bernice Jeanette Weatherholt Sanders, Parents (deceased)
  • Roy Norman Sanders, Brother (deceased)
  • Sybil M. Niemann, Sister (deceased)

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, November 23, 2019

Memories

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Bruce and Margaret Utt

November 21, 2019

Words cannot express our feelings for Fred and Janet-we have been friends for years! We treasure all the good memories we have of being a part of their life. Our boys, Dale, Kent and Scott think of them as part of our close family. Fred was one of a kind, gentle, helpful, full of stories and a true friend! He will be missed by all of us. Glad his suffering has ended-heaven is receiving one of the best. Love you Janet, Brian and David!

Barry Stirewalt

November 21, 2019

Janet, Brian, and David -
There are a handful of people who make a lasting impression and impact on each of us during our lives. Fred was one of those for me as you all are. I’m very sorry for your loss.
Barry

Charles Sproles

November 21, 2019

Deepest sympathy on your loss. This was a life well lived and now with our Lord. We are members of Colonial Heights Baptist Church with the Brian Sanders family. Charles and Pat Sproles

Teresa Anderson

November 20, 2019

No words can say how much Dr. Sanders & Janet have been a part of my life. He hired me at the young age of 19 years old. We’ve shared lots of memories and stories I’ll never forget. Thank you for being the best mentor a young girl could ever have. RIP Dr. S

Kim Eisenhut

November 20, 2019

Words seem so inadequate during times like these...
I just wanted to reach out and let you know you're in my heart and prayers. I hope all your amazing memories give you comfort and peace in the days ahead. Now you have an extra angel!

Sam and Kathy Tanner

November 20, 2019

To the Sanders,

We loved Fred, he was such an interesting person, he knew a lot and was happy to share! Sam and I are so glad we got to see him this year! He loved his family and friends and was an example of how a true Christian man lives, he walked the walk! We send all our love to you at this time of great sadness! Prayers to all the Sanders Family!.....Sam and Kathy Tanner

Linda Wright

November 20, 2019

TO WIFE AND FAMILY,

SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT MR. SANDERS' PASSING. ALWAYS ENJOYED SEEING HIM AND HIS WIFE AT THE DOCTORS OFFICE. PRAYERS FOR HIS WIFE AND FAMILY.

LINDA W.

Char langley

November 20, 2019

I knew Fred and his lovely wife, Janet, from church. I always appreciated his nice, and friendly smile. Over the past years I have heard of all the work they did in the food pantry. Fred was a true servant of God who believed in serving his church, his community and the poor. Fred you will be missed by many people. Janet and family, “I send my sincere condolences”. 🌹

Rita Wampler

November 20, 2019

I worked for Fred on and off for several years in the 70's as a chairside assistant. He was a pleasure to work for and always treated his employees well. I have a lot of fond memories working there - from patients getting "whooped" on the nitrous, numerous meals at F's Steak House in Evansville. ... He loved his patients, his community and his family. My love, prayers, and sympathy to Janet and the family.

Barbara Winkel

November 20, 2019

When my sister, Janet, met Fred Sanders, I knew he was a keeper. Such a handsome man, such a beautiful woman. It was meant to be. Fred was one of the kindest, most gentle men I have ever met. His stories are legendary and he had some very unique and funny expressions that stay with me to this day. My family and I truly love him and mourn the loss but know his suffering is no more. Sending special hugs to my sis and Brian and David and their families.

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Biography

Dr. Fred Sanders was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Fred will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

Dr. Fred Vernon Sanders (81) of Kingsport, TN went to be with the Lord on November 18 after a courageous two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Princeton Indiana to the late Charles Sandford Sanders and Bernice Jeanette Weatherholt Sanders. His brother, Roy Norman Sanders, and sister, Sybil M Niemann, preceded him in death. Dr. Sanders graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry before spending two years in service of the United States Army in Fort Huachuca, Arizona where he attained the rank of captain. He then returned home and spent 42 years serving his many friends in Oaktown, Indiana as their local dentist. He was a long-time member of Shaker Prairie Christian Church in Carlisle, Indiana where he served as deacon and elder. He also worked to improve the dental profession serving in various capacities in the Indiana State Dental Association.

He lived a life of service to his fellow man and the Lord, was a friend to many and never at a loss for words. An engineer at heart, he loved “tinkering” with just about anything that had an adjustment knob (e.g. water heaters, thermostats, etc.). He had many interests including hunting, target shooting and camping in his beloved “boonie wash” in Arizona. He returned to Arizona many times taking as many family and friends who would go. He lived fully in this life while preparing for the next, often serving or donating quietly behind the scenes to a variety of Christian causes.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janet Iris Anderson Sanders and two sons, Brian Sanders and wife Kathy of Kingsport, TN and David Sanders and wife Tricia of Parkersburg, WV. Grandchildren include Victoria (Tori) Sanders, Erika Sanders, Michael Sanders, Nicholas Sanders, Dakota Rippeto (wife Amber) and great grandchildren Chase Rippeto and Isabella Rippeto.

The family will receive friends on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Colonial Heights Christian Church. Funeral services will follow at 6:00pm with Pastor David Mullins officiating.

Dr. Sanders will be laid to rest on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 11:00am at East Lawn Memorial Park in the Apostles’ Estates.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that friends may donate to the food ministry where he served at Colonial Heights Christian Church (105 Meadow Lane, Kingsport, TN 37663) or to the Vanderbilt University Pancreatic Research effort at: Vanderbilt Gift & Donor Services, 3322 West End Ave, Suite 900, Nashville, TN 37203 or by calling 615-936-0230.

Simply stated, Fred was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Fred leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Dr. Fred Sanders.