Edward Saunders

January 29, 1924July 16, 2017

Edward J. Saunders of Roswell, Georgia died Sunday, July 16, 2017 after a short illness. He was 93-years-old.

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on July 20, 2017 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. Internment will immediately follow at Arlington Memorial Park with military honors. Monsignor Hugh M. Marren is the celebrant.

Born in Savannah, Ga. on January 29, 1924, Ed Saunders was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 47 years Margaret (Peggy) Callaghan Saunders of Pittsfield, Mass, and his parents Isabelle Cooper Saunders and John Joseph Saunders of Savannah. Oldest of four brothers, he was predeceased by his brothers Jack and Richard Saunders, both of Savannah, and his brother Robert Saunders of Memphis, Tenn.

Ed Saunders attended Benedictine Military School in Savannah, graduating second in his class. He entered the U.S. Army as a lieutenant, serving in the Pacific theater as a member of the Japan occupation force. He was honorably discharged in 1945, having risen to the rank of captain.

Graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1948, he majored in industrial engineering. He became a sales engineer for the General Electric Company, working in the Pittsfield, Mass., Philadelphia, New York, New Orleans, and Atlanta offices. During his long tenure in Atlanta, he was GE’s representative to the Georgia Power Co., later the Southern Company.

Ed Saunders started his working life as a newspaper boy for the Savannah Morning News. He began his college education through the work-study (co-op) program at

Georgia Tech, before completing his undergraduate degree on the GI Bill after service in World War II.

Maintaining a sharp intellect to the end, his daily morning routine was reading the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. An avid college football fan, Ed Saunders spent Saturday afternoons perusing the sports channels, never failing to miss a Georgia Tech game.

Surviving are his children Sally Saunders Huguley and her husband, Mark Huguley, of Columbia, S.C.; Stephen E. Saunders and his wife, Linda Lurwig, of Decatur, Ga., and Brian J. Saunders and his wife, Karen Wood Saunders, of Athens, Ga. Ed Saunders also had four grandchildren: Mary Hays Huguley Hepburn and husband, Grant, of Savannah, Ga.; Mark Huguley, Jr. of Madrid, Spain; Drennan Leigh Saunders and Edward Cooper Saunders, both of Athens, Ga.

A church service will be held Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 10:30 am at St. Andrew Catholic Church , 675 Riverside Road , Roswell , Georgia , 30075. A graveside service to follow at Arlington Memorial Park , 201 Mount Vernon Hwy , Sandy Springs , Georgia , 30328.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Benedictine Military School, 6502 Seawright Drive, Savannah, Georgia, 31406.


  • Church Service

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, July 20, 2017


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Pat/Karen Callaghan

July 25, 2017

To Sally, Steve, Brian & family--
We were lucky to have Uncle Ed in our family. He was such a kind fellow, and he had a way of making you feel special. In the midst of often raucous family gatherings, Ed was a quiet and dignified presence-- the guy who you knew would keep his head when all others around were losing theirs! I'm grateful for the times spent together in Pittsfield, and for his and Aunt Peggy's hospitality back in the day when I was in college in Florida. I'll always remember them both with a smile.

Jo-Ann Callaghan

July 20, 2017

Dear Sally, Brian, Steve, and family,
I am sorry to hear of Ed's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. George loved discussing history with him. Always the gentleman, his kindness to me is fondly remembered.

Chris/Kathy Bova

July 20, 2017

Uncle Ed was a man of unusual style and substance. He always knew how to handle any environment with humor and charm. He was an exceedingly significant individual and added a special presence to any venue. Ed was a gifted conversationalist and his many nephews and nieces were delighted to be in his presence. His patented southern demeanor and comportment was his hallmark and made him a most special person to us. God Bless the grand man from the south! Excelsior

July 19, 2017

Bill Varnum was the man that stood behind Ed Saunders for 46 years-he is his barber. Bill cut his hair at Lenox Square,Life of Ga,Ga Power&Buford. He saw our daughter in an infant seat as I came to pick Bill up after work, He keot up with her & asked about her for the last 46 years, We loved him,the gentleman he was.We are so sorry for the loss to his family.We are sure he is in heaven with Peggy. Bill&Deb Varnum

John Bova

July 19, 2017

Dear Sally, Steve, Brian, and family,

It is truly sad to hear of the passing of your dad and my Uncle Ed. I have many fond memories of times spent with him and Aunt Margaret. He always made time to talk with me about history and when I was old enough, to share a beer catch up and discuss the news of the day. He of course was the Southern Gentleman of the extended family (of mostly Yankees!).


John & Gina

Teresa Davis

July 19, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers to this sweet family! May God give you strength and lots of memories to heal!

Love, The Davis Family

July 19, 2017

Ed was married to my sister Margaret, and I and my husband Bob, as well as our entire family, spent many happy gatherings together. Ed was the epitome of a southern gentleman always charming and kind. He loved history and VA. and Washington D.C. have, as we all know, hundreds of historical sites, and, oh boy, Ed read every last word on tablets, statues. monuments, etc. Margaret and I became professional eye rollers and he became a Docent, Bob found a wall to sit on. Truly, he could have taken tourists to the historical sites and the Smithsonian museums without pause. We loved him very much and we will miss him- he was a dear man and fun too. Betty

Jose Nodar

July 18, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

July 18, 2017

Steve and family, so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful, full and long life he had, a real blessing! Prayers up...Laura Simon and the Simon Family, your old neighbors at Oak Forest Hills, and classmate at Pi Hi '71.

July 18, 2017

Godspeed Dear Uncle Ed,

There are a lot of angels waiting up there to welcome you. We treasure so many magical, wonderful memories of you. Thank you Uncle Ed, you will be forever in our hearts.


Judy and Jerry Concannon