James Dale Sanders, 71, passed away Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at Paris Regional Medical Center, Paris, Texas. Jim, formerly of McLeansboro, was born Dec. 21, 1942, in San Antonio, the son of Morris Dale and Anne James Sanders. He married Nancy Chasey on Aug. 13, 1965, in Carbondale; she survives in Paris, Texas. Also surviving are his mother, Anne James Sanders of Paris, Texas; a sister, Jane Anne Sanders Wikoff and husband Don of Paris, Texas; nieces, Lee Anne Caruso and husband Rich of Lincoln, Neb., and daughters Tori and Shayna; Beth Wikoff Bray and husband Josh of Paris, Texas, and daughter Anniston; Jill Zbinden Thacker and husband Kevin of Greenville and daughters Kayla and Krystal; nephew, Kent Zbinden and wife Libby of Greenville. He was preceded in death by his son, Shane of Dunlap; his father, Morris D. Sanders of Paris, Texas; grandparents, Harry and Flossie James of McLeansboro; Vernon and Eathel Sanders of Omaha; and in-laws, Charles and Dorothy Chasey of Greenville. Jim graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in animal science and a master's degree in special education administration. He was one of the original founders of the Little Egypt Ag. Co-op at Southern Illinois University. He taught science in El Paso before becoming vocational coordinator for Wabash Valley Special Education. Later, he was ranch manager on the Governor Jerry Litton Memorial Ranch in Chillicothe, Mo. He was last working as Peoria County Vocational Coordinator in Bartonville. Jim was a member of the Illinois Education Association, the Missouri Cattle Breeders and Artificial Insemination Association, the National Rifle Association and the Chillicothe and Kickapoo Sportsman Clubs. He enjoyed NASCAR, trapshooting, collecting guns, working with cattle and playing pool. Graveside services were held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at Evergreen Cemetery in Paris, Texas. Dr. Don Wikoff delivered words of the Lord. Ashes of his son, Shane, will be interred with Jim. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your own church of choice, or to your local SPCA animal shelter. Services are under the direction of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home, Paris, Texas. Private condolences may be sent to the family via www.fry-gibbs.com. or to NKSanders45 @hot mail.com.
Published on  October 8, 2014