Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012 4:00 pm
James Baxter Sanders, 82, of Troy died Aug. 16, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be 4 p.m. Saturday at Troy United Methodist Church, where he was a lifetime member. The Rev. Judd Mowery and Bobby Stewart will officiate. Burial will follow there in Terrace Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church from 1 p.m. until the hour of services Saturday.
Pallbearers will be Lyn Maloney, Spenser Maloney, Dwight Gregory, Mat Adams, Clay Gregory and Graham Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be the directors of Obion Grain Co., members of Troy United Methodist Church Men’s Prayer Breakfast, Wes Miller, Jay Cooley and Gaylon Caldwell.
The family requests that memorials be made to Troy United Methodist Church or Reelfoot Rural Ministries.
White & Mahon Funeral Home in Troy is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Dec. 30, 1929, in Obion County, son of the late James Brown and Lela (Pryor) Sanders. He married the former Monya Maloney Aug. 1, 1953. She survives. He served on the first board of governors of Ethanol Grain Processors in Obion and was a founding member of Obion Grain Co., serving as president of the company for 29 years. He also owned and operated a farm business for 50 years, along with his son, Mike Sanders. He taught in the Obion County School System for 18 years in the vocational-agriculture department and had served as a coach at the former Obion High School and as principal of the former Troy School. He received a lifetime PTA membership there. He had been a rural mail carrier in the Troy area for 18 years and had been a member of the Obion County Highway Commission since 1984.
He was a U.S. Army veteran who served for three years during the Korean War and was a member of Troy United Methodist Church, where he had served on several boards.
In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Sherry (Clift) Sanders of Troy; his daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Tim Smith of Troy; three grandchildren, Kacee Sanders of Clarksville, Jodee Sanders of Signal Mountain and Graham Smith of Fayetteville, Ark.; his sister, Rubye (Sanders) English of Clarksville; and his niece, Linda Gregory of Clarksville.
He was also preceded in death by his brother-in-law, James C. English.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.
Published in The Messenger 8.17.12