Charles Horris Sanders was born September 2, 1947 in Bastrop, Texas to the late Modesta Sanders and Ninah Mae Sanders. He was the youngest sibling and is survived by one older sister, Lovie Mae Thompson of Dayton, Ohio. Baptized at the age of 25 years old, Charles Horris Sanders accepted Christ as his Lord and Saviour at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church.
Charles Horris Sanders was united in Holy Matrimony to LaVerne Benford Sanders and to this union four children were born.
Charles was a respected, proud, and hardworking father who loved to laugh and share stories. Charles was always there for his children and family, providing them love, showing support, instilling words of wisdom, and sharing the importance of their role in helping the community.
Charles was a self-made, Black businessman, who worked in construction for over fifty years. He started working at a young age. Charles left grade school and attended trade school for two years in Austin then two years in Houston where he learned how to read blueprints for residential and commercial construction. Charles employed many workers living in Bastrop and other surrounding cities. He enjoyed taking on large projects to help better serve his community. He helped build the concrete foundation for the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry and right now, it’s one of the largest community food bank primiarily serving Bastrop in providing emergency food assistance, education, and support. Charles was well-known for his experise in working with a wide range of construction materials and equipment. He was familiar with the building processes, from project initiation through completion. All his sons admired his skills and talent and loved working along the side of him. Charles worked on many of the buildings still standing today in the surrounding cities of Texas.
Charles was preceded in death by his loving parents, Deacon Modesta Sanders, Sr. and Mother Ninah Mae Sanders; five sisters, Ella Louise Davis, Hazel Easley, Gaynell Easley-Clark, Annie Lee Britten, and Mosie Lee (Sweetie) Parks, and six brothers, Modesta, Jr., Lawrence, Sr., James Edward, Benny, Johnny, and Dale.
Charles leaves to cherish his precious memories: three daughters, Felicia C. White-Williams (Michael), Tresha LaVern Silva (Thomas, Jr.), Charnece Sanders; five sons, Heath L. Williams, Sr. (Krisha); Charles Sanders, Jr. (Sherika); Michael and Kendrick Lamont Sanders; Joe Houston and twenty-two grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Charles loved his family church, Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church. Before his passing, Charles became quite active in his church, actively praying, and training to become a Junior Deacon. Charles had quite an impact on so many lifes. Charles was a loving father, grandfather and friend who will be dearly missed.
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