Carroll Johnson Sanders, 81, went home to be with the Lord peacefully on Sunday, May 30, 2021, at 12:08pm. He was cared for with amazing Christian compassion at Saad’s Inpatient Hospice.
Carroll is survived by his wife, Barbara Bozeman Sanders, also 81 years old. The couple met in their birthplace and high school Rawlings Community near Gantt, Alabama. They married in a beautiful home ceremony on August 16, 1958, after Barbara graduated from high school. Carroll graduated a year earlier and went to work at A&P Tea company to wait for his high school sweetheart to graduate, which she did in 1958.
He was a long-time employee who started as a route salesman in Andalusia, Alabama and worked his way through the ranks to become Regional Manager for Golden Flake Snack foods where he remained for 41 ½ years. Carroll made many friends in the grocery industry, and you would often see him at events such as golf tournaments and trade shows for the Alabama Grocer’s Association, the Alabama Oilmen’s Association and the Alabama Association of Convenient Stores. Most notably, in 1994 he spearheaded an education scholarship foundation. After retiring from Golden Flake in 2007, Carroll joined W.L. Petrey wholesale company where he worked for 7 ½ additional years. He finally retired for good in 2014, but stayed busy with his various home and yard projects to include mowing the family’s 10 acre property on his favorite tractor.
Carroll was proceeded in death by his son, Frankie Carroll Sanders, who passed in March this year. His parents were Claude and Susie Gladys Sanders, of Rawlings community in Alabama who have also gone home to be with Jesus.
He was the most hard-working and generous man that would do anything to help someone in need. Carroll was instrumental in raising two of his grandchildren, April Chen and Michael Gwin, who were born to his daughter Deborah as a teen. He is survived by his daughter, Deborah Wallace and son-in-law, Bryant as well as three grandchildren and their respective spouses: April and Aaron Chen, Michael and Sabrina Gwin and Kristina and Homer Haynes. He also is survived by an additional grandchild, Kendall Sanders. Carroll enjoyed playing with his great grandchildren: Katie Chen, Keller Alvarez, Korben and Jade Collins.
Carroll was Southern Baptist and he and his wife attended First Baptist Church of Wilmer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the benevolence fund at First Baptist Wilmer or Pathway Church in Mobile.
Services for Mr. Sanders will be held on Thursday, June 3rd, at Wilmer Baptist Church. Public visitation will be held from 1 PM until 2 PM at the church. The funeral service will follow at 2 PM. Interment to follow at Wilmer Cemetery.
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