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Cotten Funeral Home

2201 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC

OBITUARY

Reid McDowell Saunders

October 20, 1935June 27, 2020
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Reid McDowell Saunders of Lincolnton went home to be with the Lord on June 27, 2020 He was 84. Born in Lincolnton, NC, October 20, 1935.

Reid was a member of Boger City Baptist Church.. He was retired from the United States Air Force attaining the rank of TSGT, (E-6). After retiring from the Air Force in June of 1974 he worked for Merritt Holland Company welding supplies and equipment, refrigeration, heating supplies and air conditioning equipment. Serving as manager for twelve years prior to his retirement in 1993 while living in New Bern, NC. Reid was a Vietnam veteran. While serving in the Air Force Sgt. Saunders received the United States Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak leaf cluster plus other Unit Awards and citations. While residing in New Bern he was a member of National Avenue Baptist Church serving his church as deacon, Sunday School Superintendent and other Church committees. Years later, Reid attended Calvary Baptist Church, where he was a faithful member. Reid returned to Lincolnton in 2004 joining Hope Baptist Church. In 2005 before returning to his home church in 2008, Boger City Baptist Church, serving on several different committees, Choir member and Golden voices choir group.

A memorial service will be held at Boger City Baptist Church, 2201 East Main Street, Lincolnton, NC, at a later date. Viewing and Service will be held at Cotten Funeral Home on Thursday, July 2, 2020 with viewing and visitation starting at 12:00 and Service at 1:00 in New Bern, NC. Military graveside service will follow at Lakeside Chapel, Greenleaf Memorial Park, New Bern, NC with the Rev. Bill Wingard, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, New Bern, NC and Rev. Dwight Williams, associate pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, New Bern, NC.

He is survived by his wife Linda Beal Saunders of the home: two sons, Michael D. Saunders of Kannapolis, Michael E. Saunders of New Bern, NC: two granddaughters, Kimberly S. McGrew (Jerry) and Crystal L. Strickland (Jason), both of Summerville, SC: four great grand children, Christopher A. McGrew(Madyson), Laura D. McGrew, Kelly R. McGrew, Conner Reid McGrew all of Summerville, SC: one great, great granddaughter, Carter: one step-grandson, Don J. Cappo of New Bern, two Sisters, Sue S. Chapman of Lincolnton and Dianne S. Yount (Ron) of Cullowhee, NC: two step daughters Nina Beal Hayes (Bill) of San Diego, CA & Renea Beal Ballard (Sam) & four step grandchildren of Iron Station, NC.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Evelyn N. Saunders: his mom and dad, W. Glenn and Sarah L. Saunders of Lincolnton: two brothers Rev. William D. Saunders; Barry E. Saunders: Gene Saunders of Lincolnton and one daughter Kim S. Strickland of New Bern, NC: one step grandson, Gary Steven Jordan of Summerville, SC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Evelyn Newsome Saunders Nursing Scholarship Foundation, Craven Community College, 800 College Court, New Bern, NC 28562, or to Boger City Baptist Church Debt Retirement, 2201 East Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

Please go to Cotten Funeral Home's Facebook page to watch the Live Stream of Reid Saunders' Funeral Service and Graveside service. The Funeral Service will begin approximately at 12:55 PM and the Graveside Service will begin around 1:55 PM.

Arrangements are held by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • Graveside

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

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Ann Wilson

June 30, 2020

Reid was a very special person, full of God's love and he was so happy to share it. He was a wonderful person and he will be greatly missed! Rest in the loving arms of Jesus Reid. We will see you in a little while when the Lord calls us home! We love you and we will 'Meet you in the morning by the bright river side'. Later friend!!

Dusty Johnson

June 29, 2020

I have so many memories of Uncle Reid and Aunt Evelyn. Growing up my brother Andy and I would always spend some time with them during the summer. Uncle Reid would bring home what we all referred to as “The Goody Bag” when he came in from work. It was full of snacks. My father Charles and Uncle Reid would take us boys fishing around New Bern. Uncle Reid would let us talk on his CB radio (Google it). I loved him and will miss him.

Michelle Johnson

June 29, 2020

What a wonderful man to know!! He always made me feel loved and welcome into the family and I will never forget him. I loved going to see he and Aunt Evelyn during Christmas time and eating with the family!!! We always had a wonderful time..a lot of laughs and fun and even some rides to look at Christmas lights!! He will be missed!!!

Chris Shannon

June 29, 2020

One of my favorite photos and memories. Fishing with Big Tater. A great man and will be missed.

Garlin & Elaine Neal

June 29, 2020

We are saddened to hear of Reid's passing. He was a good friend to us at church. We will miss him. May God comfort you at this time of your loss. In sympathy, Garlin and Elaine Neal

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