Homer Richard Sanders was born February 18, 1951, in Oxford, MS to the late Allen and Christine Pegues Sanders.
Raised in a Christian home, “Richard,” as he was affectionately called, accepted Christ at a young age and was baptized at Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church where he remained a member until his death. He was active in the church as he served as a deacon, attended and taught Sunday school, was a member of the Parking Lot Committee, and also attended classes with the Baptist Seminary.
Richard attended school in Oxford, MS but received his diploma from Memphis Adult High School. He was very good with his hands and enjoyed his job as Head Carpenter and Foreman for Reeves and Williams Construction Company. For more than 30 years, Richard built residential and commercial buildings throughout Desoto County, MS. After retiring from Reeves and Williams, he was employed as a shipping handler by Fed Ex.
Traveling, spending time with his family, watching western movies and shows, and eating good home cooked meals were all favorite past times of Richard’s. He was big on education and church. He also loved to watch football, particularly Peyton and Eli Manning. Whatever team they played for, that’s who he rooted for. He always looked forward to the Super Bowl each year.
On Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis, TN, Richard passed away. His loving memories will be cherished forever by his daughters, Felecia McJunkins-Storey of Corinth, MS and Alicia Vaughn of Memphis, TN; grandchildren, LaShunta (Terry) Wilson of Snellville, GA, Kristopher (Angel) Storey of Kiddie, TX, Shuntel (Joshua) Taylor of Lemoore, CA, Kyana Storey of Corinth, MS, Shawn Vaughn, Jr. of Memphis, TN, and Omega Storey of Starkville, MS; great grandchildren, Alonna and King Wilson of Snellville, GA and Isabella Taylor of Lemoore, CA; brothers, AJ Pegues, Arrow (Elizabeth) Sanders, and Joel “Pee Wee” Sanders all of Oxford, MS; Philadelphia M.B. Church and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, James Ross Sanders, Larry Sanders, Willie Gene Sanders, and James Robert Sanders; and one sister, Bertha Lee Sanders.