Sanderson, a decorated Korean War veteran, is survived by his wife, Amanda Eloise Sanderson; his three grown children, Steve Sanderson of Jasper, Tanya Marks of Birmingham and Diana Arnold of Carlsbad, Calif.; and nine grandchildren: Steve Sanderson Jr., Marty Marks, Margaret Marks, Morgan Marks, Amanda Marks, Lucy Marks, Justin Arnold, Conner Arnold and Hunter Arnold.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Morgan and Dovie Sanderson; brother, Eugene Sanderson; and niece, Patsy Trotter.
Sanderson was born in Hamilton on Sept. 28, 1926, to Morgan and Dovie Sanderson. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on July 26, 1944, and then joined the National Guard on Dec. 6, 1948, and the U.S. Army on Sept. 2, 1950. He was a sharpshooter. While in the U.S. Navy he was aboard the USS James Richard Ward Destroyer Escort with Company 922-B8 Battalion. One of Sanderson’s Army buddies was Sonny James, who would later become a famous singer (“Young Love”). Sanderson served in the Korean War, earning a Korean service medal with three bronze campaign stars and merit unit commendation.
He later attended Larimore Business College in Florence. After marrying Amanda Eloise Armstrong in 1955, he operated a restaurant in Hamilton, the City Café, with his wife’s mother, Imar Armstrong. Sanderson later became a meat inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
After the birth of his first two children, Steve and Tanya, Sanderson and his family moved to Jasper in the early 1960s, where his third daughter, Diana, was born.
After retiring from the USDA Sanderson enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, tending to his vegetable garden and repairing clocks. He operated a clock repair business out of his home until just a few months before his death. He frequently visited his children and grandchildren, sharing with them his values of honesty, integrity, and “being a good citizen.”
Flowers may be sent to the Kilgore-Green Funeral Home in Jasper, Alabama. There will be no visitation.