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Willis Ray Sanders

March 1, 1932 — December 17, 2022

Mr. Willis Ray Sanders, age 90, of Murray, Kentucky, died on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at Murray Calloway County Hospital.

Mr. Sanders was born in Coldwater, Kentucky, on March 1, 1932, to the late R. Raymond Sanders and Lettie (Hargrove) Sanders. Mr. Sanders retired from Ryan Milk (Saputo) after 35 years of service. He was a member and deacon of the Farmington Baptist Church and had previously taught Sunday School. Mr. Sanders was a member of the VFW Post #6291 and had served as the former Chaplain. In addition, he served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Bazzell Cemetery, was an Army veteran of the Korean War, was a member of the Farmington Lodge #382 F & AM for over 50 years and had a love for flying.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Sanders was preceded in death by three sisters, Ophelia Black, Pansy Black, and Faria Weaver; great-grandson, William Knight; and by a son-in-law, Larry Gooch.

Mr. Sanders is survived by his wife, Wilma Sanders of Murray, to whom he married on July 26, 1952, in Corinth, Mississippi; three daughters, Vickie Garner and husband Kerry of Puryear, Tennessee, Cathy Gooch and Brenda Sanders all of Kirksey, Kentucky; one son, Mike Sanders and wife Matilda of Murray; seven grandchildren, Shane Knight and wife Monica, Amanda Clark and husband Gary, Brian Duvall and wife Michelle, Evan Duvall and wife Carrie, Brandon Eldridge, Austin Sanders and wife Randi, and Kamber Martin and husband Seth; as well as 17 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Bro. Ben Stratton will officiate, and burial will follow in the Bazzell Cemetery with full military honors provided by the VFW Post #6291. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Immediately following the visitation, Masonic Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Bazzell Cemetery Fund, Att. Bobby Bazzell, 807 Darnell Road, Farmington, Kentucky 42040.

Online condolences can be made at, www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com
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Visitation

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

The J.H. Churchill Funeral Home

201 S 3rd St, Murray, KY 42071

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Masonic Service

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Starts at 7:00 pm (Central time)

The J.H. Churchill Funeral Home

201 S 3rd St, Murray, KY 42071

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Funeral Service

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

The J.H. Churchill Funeral Home

201 S 3rd St, Murray, KY 42071

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