James Eugene Sanders, age 97, of Mena passed away Monday, October 13, 2014 in Mena.
He was born September 14, 1917, in Branch, Arkansas to the late Paul Sanders and Lillie Layman Sanders. He was a dedicated member of the First Christian Church for 84 years and also was an Elder of the church. He was a 32 Degree Mason and member of the VFW. Mr. Sanders served his country in the 2nd Marine Division during World War ll in the Pacific. He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his children, Judy Campbell and husband, Charles of Spiro, Oklahoma, Jane Edwards of Mena, Arkansas, Nancy Emerson of Mena, Arkansas, John Sanders and wife Charmaine of Gentry, Arkansas; sister, Naomi Hatley of Mena, Arkansas; four grandsons, two granddaughters, and ten great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Lily Sanders, wife, Reva Gibson Sanders and sister, Ruth Sanders Wimberley.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Mena. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park with Reverend Gary Garrett and Philip Hatley officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
Family and friends visitation will be Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 6:00- 8:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be, his grandsons, Mike Crawford, Mark Crawford, Adam Emerson, Chris Larsen, Aaron Cummings, and Joe Dale Crawford.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ed Glover, Wayne Reid, Joe Downs, Tom Earhart, Brian Hilton, Ray Cathey, Steve Standridge, Steve Barney, and Tony Brown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Christian Building fund.