Reverend Willie E. Sanders, son of the late O.D. and Jewel Sanders, was born October 31, 1937, in Mauk, Georgia. He attended the local schools and churches in Talbot County. Seeking to save his soul, he began to search for a place to connect. He joined the First Baptist Church of Junction City, Georgia. Later, he became a minister. He was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Ms. Pearlie Mae Fowler, and they became the parents of 11 children, four of which preceded Rev. Sanders in death; recent one, Rosa Mims who passed two years ago.
Rev. Sanders was very active in performing duties and helping others. He faithfully served as President of the Mutual Aid Society Headquarters, which included Bibb, Crawford, Peach, Marion, Talbot, Upson, Macon, and several other counties until he became ill. He was Pastor of White Hill Baptist Church of Reynolds, Georgia from 1981-1995. He also pastored Cool Spring Baptist Church, Fort Valley, Georgia, and Harmony Baptist Church of Cussetta, Georgia, for several years. He was a faithful servant going around singing and praising God until his health failed.
On Friday, January 1, 2021, Rev. Sanders went home to be with his Heavenly Father, after several years of illness.
He leaves to cherish his precious memories seven children including five sons, Johnny (Earnestine) Sanders of Reynolds, Georgia, Willie (Mary) Sanders of Junction City, Georgia, Larry (Susan) Sanders of Pine Mountain, Georgia, Christopher (Charlene) Sanders of Butler, Georgia, and Morris Sanders of Fort Valley, Georgia; two daughters, Patricia Sanders and Sharon (William) Jones, both of Thomaston, Georgia; two sisters, Betty J. Sanders and Carolyn (Willie James) Davis; and two sisters-in-law, Aretha Fowler and Patricia Hicks; and a host of other relatives and friends.