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James Lemar Sanders

Thursday, February 16, 2012

James Lemar Sanders, 84, of Viola, Ark., was born on Feb. 18, 1927, in Byron, Ark., son of Troy Horace and Buna V. (Cochran) Sanders. He departed this life on Feb. 10, 2012, at Good Samaritan Society in Mountain Home, Ark.

Lemar was united in marriage to Juanita Painter on Aug. 11, 1949, at Pineville, Ark., and to this union, three children were born. He later married Mable Mae Broyles on Dec. 2, 1987, at Viola, Ark. He spent his working years as a dairy farmer and in construction. He helped build several houses for Habitat for Humanity in the West Plains area. Lemar was a member of the Viola Baptist Church and served his country in the United States Army during World War II.

He leaves to mourn his passing: one son, Donald W. Sanders and wife Patti of Viola, Ark.; two daughters, Ella Mae Watson and husband Terry of Mountain Home, Ark., and Sondra Kay Sanders of Viola, Ark.; two step-sons, Don Lear and wife Jane of Atlanta, Ga., and Tom Lear of Coffman, Texas; five grandchildren, Eric Watson, Aaron Watson, Kirk Watson, Mashale Lawrence and Mysti Burton; nine great-grandchildren, Brennan Watson, Dalton Watson, Alexis Watson, Shawn Watson, Cameron Watson, Remington Lawrence, Gunner Lawrence and Joey Burton; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wives, Juanita and Mable, parents and one daughter Phylis Ann Sanders.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at Viola Baptist Church in Viola, Ark., with Bro. John Hodges and Bro. Larry Ring officiating. Interment was in the Byron Cemetery at Byron, Ark., under the direction of Barker Funeral Home in Salem, Ark. Pallbearers were Eric Watson, Aaron Watson, Kirk Watson, Brennan Watson, Porter Howell and Elwin Wray. Honorary pallbearers were Frank Oliver, Charles Sherman, John Good, Dale Talburt and Herman Wilson. Visitation was Monday, Feb. 13, at the funeral home.

Memorials preferred to Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 442, West Plains, MO 65775 or Viola Baptist Church.