James Richard Sanders

April 24, 1935February 26, 2018
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PELION- James Richard Sanders, widower of Lindy Long Sanders of Pelion passed away February 26, 2018. Born in Saluda County, SC on April 24, 1935, he was the eldest son of James Broadus Sanders and Sadie Duffie Sanders. He is survived by daughter Genie (George) Wallace of Bishopville and son Charles (Glenda) Sanders of Leesville; granddaughters Kayla and Rebekah Wallace, and Tonya (Justin) Knox; great grandson Tyler Knox and grand-dog Molly; brother Philip Sanders (Phyllis) and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind members of his wife’s family to cherish his memory. He was a graduate of Bush River School and Newberry College. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education from Newberry College in 1957 and began his career in education shortly after. While at Newberry, he joined the South Carolina National Guard. He served in the guard from 1953-1965. He taught at Pelion High School for 6 years and North High School for 29 years. He was a teacher, administrator (assistant principal) and bus transportation supervisor. While at North High School, he received his Master’s Degree in Education from South Carolina State College. In addition to his career, he also served 36 years in the Lexington County Fire Service. He was a volunteer firefighter and served as fire chief in the early formative years of the Pelion Fire Department. Richard was a faithful member of Pelion United Methodist Church. In addition to being a wonderful husband and father, Richard touched many lives as a teacher, mentor, grandparent, church member and community member. Visitation will be held at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home in West Columbia, 820 West Dunbar Road on March 2, 2018 from 6-8 pm. At other times the family will receive guests at the family home, 845 Lydia Drive, Pelion SC. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Pelion United Methodist Church, 832 Magnolia Street, Pelion, SC. Burial will be in Southland Memorial Gardens in West Columbia, SC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to “Pennies from Heaven” Children’s Ministry at Pelion United Methodist Church, PO Box 27, Pelion, SC 29123. The family wishes to thank 8th floor oncology doctors, nurses and staff at Lexington Medical Center, Compassionate Care Hospice and Agape Hospice House for the special care that Pops received from each of them. He is reunited with Lindy (Nannie), his best friend and wife! We will miss you Pops!!


  • Visitation Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 3, 2018

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Daphney Baxter

March 3, 2018

Mr Sanders was a great leader always the same . NHS

Pearce Atkins

February 28, 2018

Mr. Sanders liked to put the brakes on his side of the driver education car at NHS when I was driving. Great physics and chemistry classes. Enjoyed seeing him and his wife at Ryan's in Lexington over the years. He never forgot his students. Surprised when he showed up driving the Lexington 1 activity bus to take my kids to sporting events related to Gilbert schools. He always remembered his students. He was a model for what a true teacher should be.
Pearce Atkins, P.E. NHS class of 74

Darlene Goodley Earle

February 27, 2018

Mr. Sanders was my teacher at North High School. He was a great teacher and a very nice man. Rest In Peace. Praying for the family 🙏🏾

Steve Vasko

February 27, 2018

Mr. Sanders taught me the valuable lesson of responsibility. I drove the School bus in the mid eighties, and I still to this day, think of that awesome responsibility at the young age of 16-17. Great Man, educator, and administrator. My prayers to him and all his family!!

Steve Vasko

Michael Harley

February 27, 2018

We all knew him as “Colonel Sanders”. He was a teacher who made learning fun. Always had a good time joking with us students. He once told me that I was like Bob Hope’s hope! I still use that one to this day.
With sympathy & prayers...RIP Colonel Sanders.

Michael Harley NHS Class of ‘93

Eva Crouch Bennett

February 26, 2018

Mr. Richard was always so friendly and he loved to spend time with you remembering the past! He was also entertaining with his jovial side and his laughter was contagious! We will miss seeing him at the IGAs in Pelion and North! Our prayers for comfort and peace are with you as you celebrate your love and memories of Pops!

Cheryl Spears

February 26, 2018

Mr. Sanders was my science and chemistry teacher at North High Scool. He was a great teacher. He could be fun...and "unfun". Never will forget when he threw me out of his class one day. I was mortified! But we got over that. I was just thinking about him the other day. He was a good man and a good teacher. I know he will be missed.

Sarah Jumper

February 26, 2018

He was a great teacher and principal at North High School. We will miss him dearly!

Awanda Yon-Livingston

February 26, 2018

Praying that God comforts you all. Mr. Sanders has completed God's mission for Him here and is now sleeping in sweet peace. It's been a little right at 30 years since I graduated North High School; and the thing I remember the most about Mr. Sanders is that he was a very kind and mild mannered man that didn't let anything get next to him. Never seen him upset about anything considering a lot of the hard heads he had to deal with daily. (LOL) He will be sorely missed.

Sealy Hall

February 26, 2018

Mr. Sanders never forgot a face. I hadn't seen him since he retired from NHS when I ran into him at the Pelion post office about 6 years ago.... He knew exactly who I was, we had a brief conversation and went about our business.... After that he'd make a point to speak to me every time I seen him. Always either at the post office or Shumpert's.... R I P Mr. Sanders... I'm gonna miss seeing your smiling face.