Homer  Sanders


Looking toward heaven with a made-up mind, fixed heart and eyes set on Jesus, Homer Sanders passed from his earthly life to eternal life Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville, Ill.
Homer was born Sept. 19, 1939, in Clarksdale, Miss., to George Sanders Sr. and Margaret Morris Sanders.
One day while at a gas station he saw a young lady in a red dress, He said to his father, "I'm going to marry that girl." Shortly after "that girl," moved to Clarksdale with her family and on July 25, 1959, he married "that girl," Pauline Ellis Sanders. Their union of 52 years was blessed with nine children.
Homer moved his family to Danville on Aug. 20, 1965. He was employed by "S" club as a bus boy, Holiday Inn for two years as a dishwasher, Mervin Industry for 4 months. Homer landed his "dream job" at General Motors where he was employed for 40 years.
Homer accepted Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior at Mason Temple Church of God In Christ under the leadership of Bishop F.G. Green and Pastor Rueben Reed. He was appointed as Deacon and later appointed as Head Deacon under Pastor Lee A. Reed Sr., with whom he worked faithfully for 35 years, serving as treasurer for 34 years, substitute Sunday teacher, choir president, bus driver, yard maintenance and whatever his hands found to do he did as unto the Lord, joyfully.
Deacon Sanders loved spending time with his family watching sports, CNN, Westerns, gardening and, above all, attending church, praising the Lord and sharing the gospel. He'd be heard saying, "Bless Him," during worship service. He will always be fondly remember for his Sunday morning wake up song, "Get up girls, Get up girls, Get up girls, let's go to church."
Homer leaves to cherish his memory and carry on his legacy four daughters, Margaret (Pastor Darrell) Hunter, Marilyn (Michael) Murray, Daphne Williams (fiance, Donald Forman), Shanita (Paul) Dailey; one son, Homer "Butch" Sanders Jr.; sister, Georgia Baynes of Houston, Texas; 21 grandchildren, Brian (Shrmichaels) Hunter, Darien Hunter, raised Tiffani and Donald Sanders as his own, Brandon (Zanika) Murray, Brittany, Bryson, Brendan (fiancé Alayna Moore), O'Brien Sanders, LaDonne Forman, Jamia, Jamon and Javion Williams, Taylor and Alexus Darnell, Donna, Erica, Homer (BJ) III, Anthony (fiancé Hailey) Terry and Dominque James; 19 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; a special "son," James Williams; and former daughter-in-law, Christine Cooper.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Pauline; parents, George and Margaret; children, Donna, Erica, Anthony and LaTricia; sisters, Earline McNeal and Mattie Wise; brothers, William and George Jr.; great-grandchildren, D'Nija Parker, Te'Yeara and Ay'Roniah; and nephew, Robert "Sam" McNeal.
A Homegoing Celebration will commence at noon Monday, Aug. 12, at New Life Church of Faith, 1419 N. Bowman Ave., Danville. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. until the time of service. Visitation will also be 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, with the family present 4-6 p.m. at Mason Temple C.O.G.I.C, 102 Indiana St., Danville. Officiating: Pastor Allen Dixon. Interment: Sanhill Cemetery.
Leek & Sons Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.leekandsonsfuneralhome.com
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Published on August 9, 2019
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Bruce Stanley
Aug 10, 2019
Sorry to hear about Homer’s passing, my condolences to the family. I worked with him at GM for many years. He was a great guy to work with.