Newland Pitts Saunders

November 18, 1922November 11, 2012

Mr. Newland Pitts Saunders 89, of Lenoir, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care Robbins Center in Hudson, NC after an extended stay at the Community Living Center at the Veterans Administration Hospital Facility in Asheville, NC. Newland was born November 18, 1922 in Lenoir to the late Marshall Fritz Saunders and Mattie Bryant Saunders He attended Lenoir High School. From 1942 to 1944 he worked in the shipyards in Wilmington, NC. In 1944 he joined the United States Navy. Fireman 1st Class Saunders was assigned to the LST-828 and saw plenty of action in the Pacific. Five of Newland’s six brothers also served in the US Navy during World War II.

From 1948 until his retirement, Newland worked as a knitter in Lenoir and Connie Lee Hosiery mills. For over 60 years, Newland attended Fairview Presbyterian Church and loved singing gospel songs. Every year he planted a garden to share with friends and neighbors. Newland was an avid hunter and a master fisherman. He tied his own flies and created the Sheep Fly which caught many trout.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Kathleen Puett Saunders, his brothers; Charlie, Ed, Marvin, Fred, Hadley and Cecil and his sisters; Avalee and Jean. Survivors include his daughter; Brenda Kay Saunders of Hickory, sister Lowell Miller of Ashburn VA, Sisters-in-law; Era Puett Courtney and Edith Laws and many wonderful nephews and nieces.

Services for Mr. Saunders will be held Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 3o’clock pm at Pendry’s Funeral Home with the Reverend Edyth Puitt officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2 o’clock until 3 o’clock prior to the service.

Serving as pallbearers will be Gary Saunders, Zeb Saunders, Jerry Saunders, Tim Sanders, Chris Miller and Brian Miller.

Memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care at 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC 28645 or to Fairview Presbyterian Church, P O Box 2460 Lenoir, NC 28645.

Pendry’s Funeral Home & Crematory of Lenoir, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 14, 2012
  • Visitation Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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Suzy Biecker

November 15, 2012

My dad worked with Mr. Saunders for many years at Lenoir Hickory Knitts. He called him "Zip" and they had many laughs. I remember Mrs. Saunders are a very grand lady and they cared for one another very much. My prayers and thoughts are with the family. You had a very special man in your lives.

November 14, 2012

Thank you Brenda, for the wonderful day I spent with you and your Dad. He was a very kind and generous man. Happy fishing Mr. Saunders.

Lowell Saunders

November 13, 2012

I will miss you Newlalnd so much. You were my only surviving sibling. I was so lucky to see you this past summer and spend time with you, especially in the last 4 years. Rest in peace. Love you forever.

Crystal Love

November 13, 2012

Newland and his wife were such sweet people. He was such a joy to be around. I loved when we would have our dinners for the Saunders family and he and his wife would be there. He meant alot to me and he will be missed.

Crystal Wright Love (Elaine Saunder's Wright's daughter)