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August 20, 1943 ~ January 17, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Charles Sanders, a remarkable man whose life was a tapestry of love, service, and joy. Born on August 20th, 1943, in Acmar, Alabama, to Viola Reece and William H. Sanders, Charles left an indelible mark on the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. He departed this world on January 17th, 2024, in Sacramento, California.
Charles served his country with honor in the United States Army from 1964 to 1967, stationed in Okinawa during the Vietnam War. Not only did he bravely defend his nation, but he also shared his passion for photography, teaching and inspiring those around him. His commitment and skill earned him the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the distinguished title of Rifle (m-14) Expert.
After his military service, Charles embarked on a journey that would lead him from the vibrant city of Cleveland, Ohio, to the sunny landscapes of Southern California. A man of many talents, Charles established his own plumbing business, showcasing his dedication and hard working spirit. His expertise extended beyond the pipes, as he became known for his gentle demeanor, infectious humor, and an unparalleled ability to bring joy to those in his presence.
A loving father, devoted husband, and cherished grandfather, Charles found immense joy in his family. He is survived by his children, Syreeta Adedipe, Jazmine Sanders, and Njon Sanders, and grandchildren, Dominique Perry, Devin Greene, Dallyss Greene, Miles Shelton, Zoe Shelton, and many cousins that were in Cleveland, Ohio. Charles's love knew no bounds, and his genuine, humble nature created a welcoming atmosphere that made every moment spent with him special.
In his later years, Charles found comfort and companionship while his daughter took care of him, Syreeta Adedipe. Their bond was a testament to the enduring strength of family, as they shared countless moments of laughter, conversation, walks, and the simple joys of life. One of their cherished rituals included Charles singing to Syreeta his favorite song, "You Are My Sunshine," a melody that echoed the warmth and affection he held for his daughter.
Charles Sanders will be deeply missed by family and friends alike, leaving behind a legacy of love, laughter, and a profound impact on those who were fortunate enough to know him. As we celebrate his life, let us remember the man who brightened our days, filled our hearts with joy, and exemplified the true essence of kindness and humility.
In honoring Charles, may we strive to carry forward his spirit of love, laughter, and compassion, forever cherishing the beautiful memories he leaves behind.