Donald Ray Sanders

March 26, 1934July 14, 2018
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Donald Ray Sanders, age 84, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018. Donald was born March 26, 1934 to the late Malcolm Everett and Olene (Bonner) Sanders. He was very creative and could fabricate anything out of metal. He owned and operated Steel Manufacturing, Inc. for over 10 years. Donald married Kathy Merritt on November 27, 1987. Together they enjoyed traveling and spending as much time as possible with the grandkids. When he was not playing with the grandkids, he could be found riding his John Deer tractor or tending to his cattle. Donald and Kathy are longtime members of Victory Baptist Church in Paris, Texas. Preceding Donald in death were his parents, Malcolm and Olene Sanders; sons-in-law, Steve Campbell and Eddie Alexander; mother-in-law, Susie Foster; brothers-in-law, Charles Merritt and Jack Sumrow and niece, Mindy Farris. Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife Kathy; children, Dorenda Sanders of Greenville, Janie Smith and husband Ken of Wills Point, Roger Nelson and wife Melanie of Mabank, Donnie Nelson and wife Kristi of Royse City, Janette Campbell of Shreveport, LA, Tim Sanders of Sallisaw, OK, Rox Ann Alexander of Whitesboro, Laurie Cude and husband Robert of Lewisville, Matthew Sanders and wife Melissa of Rockwall and Wesley Sanders and wife Dawn of Rockwall; sisters, Leota Harrison of Greenville, Mary Sumrow of Dallas, Connie Burnhart and husband Bob of Lake Fork and Joan Sanders of Greenville; 22 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 17, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm at the Anderson Clayton Funeral Home, 301 W. Nash, Terrell, Texas 75160. Funeral Services will be 11am Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at the Anderson Clayton Funeral Home with Pastor Curtis Blake officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Jay Nelson, Allen Nelson, Dillo Cross, Josh Stevens, Jesse Stevens, Jonathan Nelson and Zackary Usmiller. If friends so desire, memorial donations in Donalds name can be made to the building fund at Victory Baptist Church, 3155 Pine Mill Rd, Paris, TX 75460.


  • Olene Sanders, Mother
  • Malcom Sanders, Father
  • Steve Campbell, Son-in-law
  • Eddie Alexander, Son-in-law
  • Susie Foster, Mother-in-law
  • Charles Merritt, Brother-in-law
  • Jack Sumrow, Brother-in-law
  • Mindy Farris, Niece
  • Kathy Sanders, Wife
  • Dorenda Sanders, Daughter
  • Janie Smith, Daughter
  • Ken Smith, Son-in-law
  • Roger Nelson, Son
  • Melanie Nelson, Daughter-in-law
  • Donnie Nelson, Son
  • Kristi Nelson, Daughter-in-law
  • Janette Campbell, Daughter
  • Tim Sanders, Son
  • Rox Ann Alexander, Daughter
  • Laurie Cude, Daughter
  • Robert Cude, Son-in-law
  • Matthew Sanders, Son
  • Melissa Sanders, Daughter-in-law
  • Wesley Sanders, Son
  • Dawn Sanders, Daughter-in-law
  • Leota Harrison, Sister
  • Mary Sumrow, Sister
  • Connie Burnhart, Sister
  • Bob Burnhart, Brother-in-law
  • Joan Sanders, Sister
  • Mr. Sanders also has 22 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchlildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends to that will cherish his memory.

  • Jay Nelson
  • Allen Nelson
  • Dillo Cross
  • Josh Stevens
  • Jesse Stevens
  • Jonathan Nelson
  • Zackary Usmiller


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Burial Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Donald Ray Sanders

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Janice Murrell

August 10, 2018

Kathy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort all of you. Always enjoyed working with both you and Don.

Ron & Sandra Robinette

July 17, 2018

Sandra(Harrison) have sat on the computer looking at so many memories she has, Her Grand mother and her Mom Leota. We are looking at this from South Carolina thanks to Rick. Jim Harrison sent us the details. My last experience with Sandy's family was when we visited her Grandmama in Caddo Mills. We live in South Carolina. Our prayers are with all of you Sandy had me print out a bunch of pic's Did not have time to send flowers But Sandra is on Facebook. Sandra Robinette Hope all is good tomorrow
with Respect and Love,

Ronald & Sandra (Harrison) robinette

jim halloran

July 17, 2018

I first met Don in 1999 when we began working together. We continued through some hard times and eventually became friends and partners.
I would like to express my condolences to Kathy and Don's family.
We will keep him in our prayers.

Jim and Sharon Halloran