Jasper Silas (Jack) Sanders, 85 died at home on Friday October 15,2021.
Jack was born on Sanders Hill near Tunnelton, WV on March 28,1936, a son of the late Ray and Daisy (Uphold) Sanders.
Jack graduated from Rowlesburg High School, Class of 1954. He served 9 years in the WV Army Reserves. Jack was a graduate of the Alderson and Broaddus University of Hard Knocks Class of 1992. He was named a WV History Hero in 2009 by the WV Division of Culture and History.
He was co-owner-manager of Sanders Brothers Lumber in Rowlesburg, WV, a family operated business for over 62 years. The Company was selected as the 1996 Preston County Small Business of the Year. Sanders Brothers Lumber was also recognized by the West Virginia Department of Forestry as the 1999 Outstanding Large Sawmill of the Year. After his retirement in 2001, he spent many enjoyable hours working in his woodshop and donated many handcrafted items to various charitable organizations.
He was a Methodist by faith and was a 50+ year member of Christ United Methodist Church of Rowlesburg. He was Past Master of Rowlesburg A F & A M #165 and Past Patron of Rowlesburg O E S Chapter #127. He belonged to the Osiris Shrine and was selected Shriner of the Year, Morgantown Shrine Club in 2007 & 2011. Jack was a founding member of the Preston County Shrine Club. He served one six-year term on the Preston County Board of Education. Jack was a 50-year member of the Eagles Club in Kingwood.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years Mary Alice (Liston) Sanders, 3 children, daughters Kathy Tasker & husband Barney of Kingwood, Kelly Roberts and husband Lloyd of Williamstown, WV, and son Richard and wife Kelley of Williamstown, WV. 6 grandchildren, Brandon Pyles and wife Penny of Rowlesburg, Andrea Taylor and husband Judd of Arthurdale, WV, Jennifer Forman and husband Jared of Bridgeport, WV, David Roberts of Tysons Corner, VA, Brian Roberts of Lansing, MI, and Blake Van Kirk of Pittsburgh, PA. 3 great grandchildren Cameron Pyles, Levi Forman, and Luca Forman. Brother, Sam Sanders & wife Esther of Rowlesburg, and Sister Glenda Gabel of Long beach California.
Preceded in death by parents Ray and Daisy Sanders. Father and mother in-law, Howard and Shirley Liston. Sister Wanda Joyce Pyles, brother in-laws Robert Pyles, Fred Liston, and Keith Gabel. Sister in-law Emmalee Sanders.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory to Jack to Christ Untied Methodist Church and sent to the Trustees’ of CUMC, P.O. Box 554 Rowlesburg, WV 26425
A graveside service will be held at 11am on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 in the Sunset Memorial Gardens with Pastor Kevin Keplinger officiating.
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