Captain Ernest Duke Sanders, USN (Ret.), 92, of North Carrollton, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, at North Carrollton United Methodist Church, with burial following in Evergreen Cemetery in NorthCarrollton. Rev. Ed Temple, assisted by Rev. Ed Saunders, will officiate the services. Pallbearers will be William Temple, McLin Sanders, Max Sanders, Pate Shackelford, Johnny Summerville, Buzz Handwerker, Bill Gillespie, James Cain and Jerry Beckwith. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 7, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at Lee Funeral Home. Capt. Sanders was born in North Carrollton on August 16, 1925, to Wilton and Annie Laurie Sanders. He graduated from J.Z. George High School as valedictorian in 1942. He attended Mississippi State University before being accepted into the V-12 program at Georgia Tech. While at Georgia Tech, he received an appointment to the Naval Academy and graduated with the class of 1949. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the USS Saipan (CVL48) and then ordered to the USS Missouri (BB63) for deployment to Korea. After two years on the Missouri, he requested submarine duty; and after completing submarine school in New London, Connecticut, he was assigned to the USS Sea Dog (SS401). Following this, he served two years of shore duty with the Reserve Fleet at the submarine base in New London, where he met his future wife of 56 years, Cheerie Hoover. Capt. Sandersí next duty station was postgraduate school in Monterrey, California, where he graduated with a Masterís degree in electrical engineering. He then became an engineering duty officer - first at San Francisco Naval Shipyard as assistant repair superintendent for submarines, and later as Quality Assurance Officer with the Supervisor of Shipbuilding at Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. His next duty station was with the ASW Systems Project Office (PM4) in Washington, DC. From there, he was assigned to the Naval Ship Engineering Center in Hyattsville, Maryland, from which he retired in August of 1974. During his 26 years of active service, Captain Sanders received the National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, The United Nations Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal. After retiring from the Navy, he returned to his hometown of North Carrollton, where he spent the next 33 years as a high school math and physics teacher. He taught at Kirk Academy in Grenada from 1980 through 2009, where he was selected as STAR teacher nine times and 2007 Teacher of the Year by the Mississippi Private School Association. Capt. Sanders was a faithful member of the North Carrollton United Methodist Church, where he had served as Chairman of the Administrative Committee and a member of the trustees. He was currently serving as Sunday School teacher and as church treasurer. Capt. Sanders is survived by two daughters, Anne Sanders Turnage (Jeff) of Columbus and Edee Sanders Temple (Ed) of Batesville; one son, Edward Sanders (Krista) of Madison; brother, Wilton Sanders Jr. of Black Hawk; and four grandchildren, William Temple (Laura) of Huntsville, Alabama, and McLin Sanders, Sydney Sanders, and Max Sanders of Madison. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cheerie Sanders, and his parents. Memorials may be made to the North Carrollton United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 21, North Carrollton, MS 38947. An online guestbook may be viewed and signed at www.ofhwinona.com.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on March 7, 2018
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