With sincere compassion, we respectfully announce the transition of Mr. Ronnie "Ron" Sanders. A native of Albany, NY, and resident of Montgomery, AL, Mr. Sanders transitioned on Saturday, August 28th, 2021; he was 64. A "Saunter of Homage" will take place at 12NOON Saturday, September 4th, 2021, from the McComb Honorary Chapel of Jackson Professional Funeral Services, with a Memorial Service Celebrating the life of Mr. Sanders to follow at 1PM. Bishop Clarence E. Stewart, Jr. of Restoration Baptist Church is the officiant. In compliance with government recommendations and J.P.F.S. public safety standards, individuals attending the public visitation are required to wear a mask or face covering at all times while inside the facility. Family and friends will "connect" immediately following the memorial service on the exterior grounds of the facility.
Ronnie "Ron" Sanders, devoted family man, community leader, and retired entrepreneur transitioned unexpectedly on Saturday August 28, 2021, in his Montgomery home with his dutiful wife and grandson by his side.
Born on June 8, 1957, in Albany, NY, where he leaves family and many friends, Ron was raised by his loving parents, Ora Lee and Willie Everette. Always talkative and willing to give good advice -- wisdom, knowledge and understanding, to his core, Ron was a man with a kind heart and loving spirit. While his childhood was spent in Albany, he often took summer trips with his father to visit family in California and Mississippi. Consequently, he gained a love for traveling and seeing new places. Ron was always one easy to meet new people, and so it was that as fate would have it during one faithful train ride from Mississippi, Ron met his soulmate, Janice Russell.
Incredibly, Janice and Ron, crazy in love --or just crazy (lol)-- in just three short months of meeting, married on September 1, 1984, in Oak Park in Montgomery, AL. She had a son (Orlando T. Russell, 9 y.o.) and he had a son (Damien Sanders, 5 y.o.) both from previous relationships. Four years into their marriage, they introduced their first child together (William Sanders) then two years later their youngest son (Joshua Sanders).
Upon starting a life centered around family in Philadelphia, PA, --only months after the birth of their youngest child-- Ron, Janice, O.T., Will, and Josh relocated to Montgomery, AL for a new beginning with extended family on Cantelou Road. There, Ron honed his greatest character trait, being a man of value, embodying the term "Serviceman." Ron Sanders devoted his life to being of great service to family, friends, community, and in younger years service in the United States Army.
Although Ron Sanders was also well known to be a "complicated man," he was truly loved by friends and family and blessed to have shared 37 years of marriage and life with his loving, loyal, and dutiful wife standing by his side until his very last breath. Only in death did they part.
Ron Sanders leaves a legacy of leadership. During decades of owning and operating a successful commercial paint contracting business, Imperial Coating, INC., he employed many men and women within his community. Ever the grassroots organizer supporting candidates for office, Ron further advanced his ambitions by becoming a candidate and officially running himself for public office (City Councilman) as well, cementing his good-standings as a pillar in the communities he knew and loved.
Ron leaves to cherish his profound memories his loving and devoted wife, Mrs. Janice Sanders; son, O.T. Russell (Freda Russell, Kymia Brown, Diesel Ali Brown), daughter, Sheronda Harris (Breighton Maturo), son, Damien Sanders (now reunited), son, Will Sanders (King Sanders), and son, Josh Sanders (Ashley Law, Tramell Sanders, Latrell Sanders).
Let NO ONE forget his name. Ron Sanders was here.
Jackson Professional Funeral Services is grateful to the family of Mr. Ronnie Sanders for entrusting our caring and dedicated professional staff with the final arrangements of their loved one. We solicit your continued, sincere support and prayers for the family as they navigate through this experience.
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