William E. Sanders
William E. Sanders
William E. Sanders, 69, of North Kingstown, died peacefully at home January 21, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Virginia E. (Shaw) Sanders.
Born in Knoxville, Tenn., he was the son of the late John P. Sanders and Mary E. (Robinson) Sanders. Mr. Sanders was an engineer with Carbon Technology, Inc. and a materials engineer with New Way Air Bearings Inc. of Aston, Pa. until his retirement in 2008. He was a graduate of the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn. and Emory University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and physics.
Bill proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1965-1969 as a pilot in Helicopter Squadron HS-11, operating from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. WASP, and stationed out of Quonset Point Naval Air Station.
He was an active member of Quidnessett Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He also served as president of the Board of Trustees at West Bay Christian Academy and was a member of the American Society of Quality Control Engineers.
Besides his wife of 42 years he leaves his devoted children, Joseph N. Sanders and his wife, Stephanie, of Wallingford, Conn., John A. Sanders of Orange, Texas, Mary E. Sanders of Johnston, William Benjamin Sanders and his wife, Carrie, of New York, N.Y. and Virginia Irene Chapman and her husband, Anthony, of Beer Sheva, Israel. He was the cherished grandfather of Joshua, Caleb, Noel, Jordan, Zebulun, Leora, Ryland, Boaz and Halsey; uncle of Rebecca Knepley; and brother of the late Barbara Sanders McCool.
His funeral service will be held Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. at Quidnessett Baptist Church, 6356 Post Road, North Kingstown. Burial with military honors will follow in Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited and may call Jan. 24 from 5-7 p.m. in Cranston-Murphy Funeral Home of Wickford, 140 West Main St., Wickford Village, North Kingstown.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory to Quidnessett Baptist Church or to Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904 will be appreciated. For online messages of condolence visit www.cranstonmurphy.com.