Rev. Dr. Robert E. “Bob” Sanders, age 69 years, a resident of Chattanooga, Tennessee and a former resident of Johnson County, passed away Tuesday evening, August 12, 2014, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.
Bob was born December 31, 1944 in Carbondale, Illinois. He was the son of Joed and Anna Isabella (Hight) Sanders.
Bob was united in marriage to Janet (Boyer) in 1990 in Marion, Illinois. She survives.
Other survivors include: his children – Robert Sanders of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Scott (Becky) Sanders of Atlanta, Georgia, Bridget (Joe) Holder of Cape Coral, Florida, Rob (Jackie) Deaton of Springfield, Illinois, and Randall (Nina) Deaton of Chattanooga, Tennessee; 8 grandchildren – Joshua Sanders, Benjamin Sanders, Ella Sanders, Kelsey Holder, Ava Deaton, Parker Gleeson, Shari Balouchi, and Ali Balouchi; a sister – Joanna Sanders-Clymore and her husband Eddie of Creal Springs; a nephew – Kyle Clymore; cousins, other relatives and many dear friends.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents.
Bob was a 1963 graduate of Vienna High School. He attended Tennessee Temple University and earned a Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Pastoral Ministries from Covington Theological Seminary.
Bob had served as a pastor of many churches and was a Christian counselor. He and Janet attended “The Crossing Church” in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Bob was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He enjoyed fishing and was a great animal lover. Bob especially enjoyed bird watching.
A memorial service will be conducted Saturday afternoon, August 16, 2014, at 2 PM at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Rev. Dr. Rick Sharp will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 1 – 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Hephzibah Ministries, 2158 Northgate Park Lane, Suite 418, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37415.
A Memorial service will also be conducted Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 2 p.m. (EST) at The Crossing Church, 7501 Standifer Gap Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421. The family will receive friends from 1 – 2 p.m. (EST) Saturday, August 23rd.
Interment will be at a later date.