John D. Sanders

January 13, 1948January 2, 2019

John Sanders 1948-2019

John Sanders, 70, Pensacola Florida, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2019 with family by his side. John was born on January 13, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois to Wayne and Ruthela (Brown) Sanders. He married Paulette (Pavilanis) Sanders on May 22, 1971 in South Holland, Illinois and shared 47 years in marriage together. John enlisted in the US Navy out of high school and was stationed in California as well as the Philippines. In 1974, he was assigned to The USS Saratoga in Jacksonville, Florida, then to The USS Lexington in Pensacola, Florida. John served his country honorably for many years, retiring as a Disabled Veteran. John enjoyed spending his time on the water with friends and family, discovered a loved for painting and listening to Blues music. John is preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Ruthela Sanders, as well as his two brothers, Stanley and Richard. He is survived by his wife, Paulette, his two sons Sean (Brittany) and Tom (Jamie), his four grandchildren, Parker, Jake, Preston and Zoe, along with his brother Earle Sanders (Sue); sister, Dorothy Fender; two sisters-in-law: Diana and Sue Sanders; a brother-in-law, Ed Pavilanis and mother-in-law, Mary Pavilanis, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Services for John will be Monday, January 14 at 11:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary of New Testament Fellowship Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to either American Cancer Society or Wounded Warrior Project.

Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.


  • Paulette Sanders, Wife
  • Sean (Brittany) Sanders, Son
  • Tom (Jamie) Sanders, Son
  • Earle (Sue) Sanders, Brother
  • Dorothy Fender, Sister
  • Diana Sanders, Sister-in-law
  • Sue Sanders, Sister-in-law
  • Stanley Sanders, Brother
  • Richard Sanders, Brother
  • Mr. Sanders also leaves behind grandchildren: Parker, Jake, Preston and Zoe, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.


  • Visitation Monday, January 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 14, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, January 14, 2019

John D. Sanders

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Annie I arra

January 9, 2019

Sandy lived with us for awhile when we were growing up. And we would all be sitting around the dinner table eating and sandy had us laughing all the time. One of his stories he started and got us laughing and made me spit my milk out across the table and my my dad was pretty mad about that then sandy says will Milk baths are good for you and started acting like he was bathing in the milk because it was all over him and it did get my dad to laugh. Sandy always had a funny story to tell. If you heard laughter you New sandy was around you will truly be missed my cousin

Heather Hunter

January 9, 2019

I’ll always remember his stories, he should have wrote a book with his humorous stories of his life. My daughter and I went to stay with him and Paulette during the summer and he wore himself out one day showing my daughter and I the navy base in Pensacola, taking us to his favorite restaurant and then a blue wahoos game. I’m so very glad we got that day with him.