Violet Pearl Sanders

October 16, 1923 ~ July 19, 2008

Pearl Dykes Sanders, 84, of 827 Harding Avenue, Johnson City, died Saturday, July 19 2008 at Northside Hospital. She was a native of Washington County, daughter of the late Bill and Josie Freeman Dykes. Pearl was a homemaker. She was of Baptist faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Bill Sanders in 1962 also a granddaughter, Terri Abbott, three brothers, Glenn, Abe and Vestal Dykes and three sisters, Cleo Bryant, Helen Gibson and Charlene Arnold. Survivors include: two sons and a daughter-in-law, Michael Sanders, Greg and Angie Sanders; a granddaughter, Robin Sanders all of Johnson City; three great granddaughters, Megan Sanders, Jennifer Slagle and Shelton Abbott; two grandsons, Hunter and Fisher Abbott; three sisters-in-law, Connie Dykes, June Eller and Rhody Penix; several nieces and nephews. A funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. in the North Chapel of the Morris "" Baker Funeral Home, under the direction of Rev. Mark Street. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at eleven. A committal service will be conducted in Roselawn Memory Gardens following the funeral service at approximately 12:00 p.m. Active pallbearers will be: Timmy Henley, Steve Ragan, Jim Thomas, Tony Letterman, John Jennings and Maurice Slagle. Honorary pallbearers will be: Wesley Jones, Jon Bowman, Travis Bowman, Norman Light, Johnathan Zdonowicz, Kacie Letterman, Brandon Hite and all the many children she cared for throughout the years. The family will receive friends at other times at the home of her son and daughter-in-law at 603 Woodhaven Drive.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Dear Mike and Greg, You know how much I loved your Mother….she always thought of others before herself, and I know in my heart of hearts she is with Jesus and will be reunited with all of us some day. I want you both to know she was truly a second Mother to me since I was fourteen years old. My grief is diminished by my resolute faith in God, and I want to leave a comment that I hope will remain in your hearts forever…..”Oh, what a glorious reunion it’s going to be!” In Christ, Jimmy

  2. Anonymous says:

    Greg and Mike, I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. Although she was my great aunt, she’ll always be “Mamaw Pearl” to me (and I’m sure to so many others). It seems everytime I look through a photo album, there’s a photo or two of her with my Mom. I hold some great memories of her particularly from Sundays at Mamaw Bryant’s. It may sound silly but this year when the Boston Celtics won their championship, the first person I thought of was Mamaw Pearl, as I recall her liking to watch them back in the 80’s. (I should have called her to see if she was watching) But I’m sure that both your Mom and my Mom are now in a better place without any of the pain and sickness. If there’s anything you need, please let me know. Love, Kevin

  3. Anonymous says:

    My deepest condolences to the family of Mrs. Sanders. My grandmother Jones lived next door to Mrs. Sanders when I was a child. Mrs. Sanders was such a wonderful person to all the neighborhood children and I have never forgotten her kindness to me as a child. May God be with her family in their time of grievance.

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