August 25, 1921 ~ February 28, 2000

Born in: Ethridge,TN,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

McKinley Sanders, 78, of 20 Rosemary Rd., Asheville, died Monday, February 28, 2000.

A native of Ethridge, TN, he has been a resident of Buncombe County for the past 51 years. He was the son of the late Lester T. and Minnie Baker Sanders, and was preceded in death by a son Donald M. Sanders. He was a WW II Army Veteran and a retired employee of E.A. Industries Inc.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Griffin Sanders of 56 years; two daughters, Brenda Jones and her husband Larry of New Orleans, LA, Wanda Keyros of Atlanta, GA; a son, Ernest "Ed" Sanders and his wife Verdie of Hendersonville; a daughter-in-law, Betty Sanders of Asheville; four grandsons, Mark, Jeff, Michael and Greg Sanders; two great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Sanders and Trenton Sanders; and two nephews.

Graveside services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, with Rev. Bill Higgins officiating. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

His family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Groce Funeral Home, Patton Avenue.

Memorials may be made to the Owen Heart Center at Memorial Mission Hospital, 509 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, NC 28801.

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  1. I was out of town and missed the visitation, but wanted to offer condolences to George’s family and friends. I worked with George for many years at EA and had a tremendous amount of respect for he and his abilities. I know that he will be missed.

    Dan Jones
    EA INDUSTRIES ’74 – ’88

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