Donald Wayne Sanders

Published 12:01 am Thursday, November 19, 2015

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CULLMAN, Ala. — Services for Donald Wayne Sanders, 69, of Cullman, Ala., will be 6 p.m. today at Moss Funeral Home Chapel in Cullman.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Cullman City Cemetery under the direction of Moss Funeral Home.

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Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Mr. Sanders was born Sept. 25, 1946, in Natchez, the son of James and Reba Sanders.

Don was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he served as an active duty medic during marine maneuvers in the Vietnam War.

Don was a graduate of the University of Mississippi and served an athletic trainer for the football team. After graduating Ole Miss, he obtained a master’s degree in nurse anesthesia. He worked as a trainer for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League before accepting a position as a CRNA at Montclair Hospital in Birmingham, Ala.

He retired as a CRNA from Cullman Regional Medical Center. Don was a passionate supporter of the Foundry Ministry where he was instrumental in organizing and maintaining the farm. His talents were many, but he was considered an expert at the belly laugh. More than anything, Don lived a life of love and laughter and taught us all the meaning of God’s love.

Mr. Sanders was preceded in death by his parents of Natchez and one brother, William Lloyd Sanders of Hattiesburg.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Martin Sanders; two brothers, Jim Sanders and wife, Dot, and Charles Sanders and wife, Barbara; one sister, Peggy Hill, all of Natchez; three daughters, Kelly Williamson and husband, Foster, of Birmingham, Ala., Kris Graves and husband, Nathan, of Cullman and Courtney Green and husband, Logan; two sons, Jeff Middlebrooks and wife, Meredith, of Nashville, Tenn., and Shane Sanders and wife, Cassidy; grandchildren, Camden and Kipton Sanders of Vinemont, Ala., Cale, Owen and Carolyn Graves of Cullman, Eliza and Thomas Middlebrooks of Nashville and others; and a number of beloved nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Foundry Farm Rebuild Campaign, P.O. Box 36, Cullman, AL 35056.