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Roy Louis Sanders
Submitted by: Tim Dotterer

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Roy Louis and Phyllis Louise PATTON SANDERS

Cherokee Municipal Cemetery

The funeral for Roy Louis Sanders, 87, of Grove, will be 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, Grove. The Rev. Randy Hamill will officiate. Burial will be 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery, Cherokee. Arrangements are by Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

He was born June 18, 1918, in Cardin, to Frank and Pearl Sanders and died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006.

He graduated from Picher High School. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M; College, Miami, Okla., and later Phillips University, Enid. He served in the Army Air Force from 1942 to 1945 as an airplane electrical specialist. He achieved the rank of corporal.

He married Phyllis Patton Jan. 31, 1942, in Cherokee. They moved to Miami in 1945, to work in the lumber business with his family. He managed Sanders Brothers Lumber Inc. until 1969, when they moved to Grove and Grand Lake where he established Sanco Lumber Inc. He sold that business in 1984, and became a realtor. He retired in 2000. She died in 2002.

He was a member of Miami Noon Lions Club and Grove Lions Club, serving as president. He had been recognized for his 50 years of service to both communities by Lion International. He worked with the Boy Scouts, serving as scoutmaster for troop 54, scoutmaster for National Jamboree at Valley Forge in 1964, and was wood badge trained and received the vigil honor in Order of the Arrow in 1969. He received the Silver Beaver Award in 1962 for outstanding service to Cherokee Area Council and Boy Scouting in northeast Okla-homa.

He served as president of Cherokee Area Council in the early 1980s. He was recognized as a James E. West Fellow in 1999. He was a member of Bethany Christian Church, Miami, and later, First United Methodist Church, Grove.

Surviving are two daughters, Sally Murray of Houston and Bette Smith of Joplin, Mo.; two sons, Tom Sanders of Grove and Jerry Sanders of Scarborough, Maine; two sisters, Geniveve Parkison and Naomi Mahan; one brother, Jack Sanders; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Phyllis, he was preceded in death by four siblings.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Cherokee Area Council of the Boy Scouts.

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