Verdie Belle Sanders

verdie sanders

August 22, 1946 ~ September 29, 2023

Born in: Old Fort, NC
Resided in: Hendersonville, NC

Verdie Belle Davis Sanders, 77, slipped peacefully into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, September 29, 2023.

Verdie was born in a log cabin in the Davis Town Community of Old Fort, NC (where her father was born and raised), on August 22, 1946, to the late Reverend Verno Harris and Mrs. Gaynell Hensley Davis. Along with her parents, Verdie is preceded in death by two brothers; RJ Davis and Gerald Lynn Davis.

Verdie graduated from Unicoi County High School in Erwin, TN, and Steed College in Johnson City, TN, where she earned a degree as a Medical Transcriptionist. She completed her internship at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC, where she was employed for several years, after which she worked and retired from Pardee Hospital, Hendersonville, NC.

She was a long-time member of Naples Baptist Church in Hendersonville, NC. She was an avid reader, loved to garden, and enjoyed camping at Cherokee with her husband and made many friends at the campground.

Verdie’s love of God, family, church, and home, her pleasant and peaceful disposition and quiet and respectful demeanor, endeared her to all who knew her, and she will be greatly missed.

Verdie leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving husband of 53 years, Ernest Edward Sanders; two sons; Jeffrey Dean Sanders and Gregory Allen Sanders; five grandchildren; Kaitlyn, Riley, Verdie, Rebecca, and Alex; four sisters; Evelyn (Terry) King, Gwendolyn Davis, Anita (Greg) Calvert, and Sandra (Ken) Edwards as well as several nieces, nephews, and many wonderful friends.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian in Arden, NC with Rev. Richard Merck and Rev. Jesse Peters officiating. The service will be streamed live on this page, just click the link showing Verdie’s picture just below the obituary. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 10:00-11:00 AM prior to the service. Private burial will be at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Eliada Home, Asheville, NC, or to Naples Baptist Church, Hendersonville, NC.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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Funeral Service: October 10, 2023 11:00 am

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Visitation: October 10, 2023 10:00 am

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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    • Sally & Steve Price

      So grateful we got to know Verdie several years ago when she was being a caretaker of her wonderful parents. Verdie and two other sisters took marvelous care of their parents 24/7 for many years. Her respect for her dear parents made an awesome impression on me. Always putting someone else before herself.

      Verdie was always speaking of her wonderful family and her parents that she loved dearly. She will be greatly missed and her inspiration to live was proven her last few months of life. No doubt, this lady is in a much better place than here on earth. Love and prayers for her caring family….

  1. Verdie. was a kind and gentle person .Her faith in God has help her through this terrible battle with cancer she gave a great fight right up to the end…Thank God for her sisters Evelyn and Gwen who was with her through it all.

    • Thank you so much Norma & Danny.
      You mean so very much to us all. Your prayers & love give us strength & comfort.
      God bless you

  2. I always enjoyed working with Verdie at Pardee. She was a super sweet lady and always brought sunshine to the people around her.

  3. Verdie my sweet friend, my sister in Christ you and your sisters made my childhood a lot more happy than it would have been without you. I looked up to you in grade school you were smart someone I wanted to be like. I moved away to Ca. and now in our late years I think our relationship just got a little more sweet and real. I pray that your sweet sisters have peace with you moving away. My love for the family continues and I pray one day we will be united.

  4. Verdie worked for a little while with my father, Jim MacDonald, who passed away in 2009. She was very kind to us throughout his final years. But what truly amazed me, and touched me profoundly, was her regular cards and calls to my mother, Fran, who lived another 9 1/2 years after my father passed. I had only met Verdie a couple of times, and did not really know her personally, but her constancy and thoughtfulness throughout that time carved a place in my heart for this truly kind and Christian woman. I mourn her loss and send my deepest sympathy and condolences to her family.

    • Verdie spoke of Mr Macdonald so often to us when she visited her family in TN.
      She so enjoyed working with him & he touched her heart. Thank you for what you shared. So sweet of you to remember her to us. God bless you, Susan.

    • Renae, dear one, thank you so much for your prayers & your kind heart. She will be missed; no doubt about that, by so many. Love you

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