Charles "Charlie" Frank Sanders, 77, of Loudon, passed away Friday, April 9, 2021.
Charlie was born to the late Archie Floyd and Alice (Crawford) Sanders in Pontiac, Mich. Charlie was a patriotic man who served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He enjoyed a 35-year career with General Motors. A talented builder and remodeler, Charlie owned a construction company, Sandalwood Construction, that served a multitude of clients in Tellico Village and Loudon. Charlie enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, and he was an avid gardener. He looked forward to planting and harvesting his vegetable crop each year. More importantly, he felt so very blessed to share his abundant crops with friends and neighbors. Charlie would help anyone in need. He was kind, generous and wealthy in knowledge of most things. He adored his family and they adored him.
In addition to his parents, Charlie was preceded in death by a very special aunt, Mildred Hanrahan.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Kathleen “Kathie” Sanders; children and spouses, Tammy (Sanders) and Tim Travis of Zephyr, Texas, Jeff and Theresa Sanders of Independence, Mo., and Tracy (Sanders) and Kenny Hurst of Maryville; grandchildren and spouses, Erica and Jake Parsons, Baleigh and Matt Dodaro, Jonathan Travis, Andrew, Tyler, Jessica and Cody Sanders, Ashley Page, Stephanie Hurst, McKenzie Hurst, Jackie and Aaron MacPhetridge, Kenny Ray Hurst and Geena Hurst; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy McCorkle; and a special friend, Chad Slagle.
A time of visiting with friends was held 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at McGill Click Funerals & Cremations. Services honoring and remembering Charlie Sanders will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in McGill Click chapel with Andrew Templeton and Bishop Kenneth Carpenter officiating. Contributions in memory of Charlie may be made to the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, 136 Harvest Lane, Maryville, TN 37801, or online at www.community.secondharvestETN.org. An interment service with full military honors provided by the U.S. Air Force and the Loudon County Veterans Honor Guard will follow in Loudon County Memorial Gardens in Lenoir City.
McGill Click Funerals & Cremations, 1366 Highway 72 N., Loudon. Online condolences may be left at www.mcgillclick.com.