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Obituary – Gary Charles Sanderson (1946-2022)


Gary Charles Sanderson, 75, of Dayton, Arkansas, went to be with his Lord and Savior and reunited with his loving wife Patricia Ann Hope Sanderson on January 21, 2022. Gary was born September 12, 1946 in Dayton to Charlie and Mabel Foote Sanderson.

Gary retired from SWEPCO/AEP after 40 devoted years and was a member of the Arkansas Valley Antique Tractor Club. He was of the Assembly of God faith and had many Christlike qualities. To know Gary was to love him, and one could never walk away from a talk with him without feeling exhorted and truly heard, no matter the conversation or situation. Gary loved to love others, and it showed to literally every person he happened to meet. He lived to brighten another’s day and exemplified the Scripture that commands us to “rejoice when others rejoice”. His encouragement will be missed by so many.

Gary was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Ann, daughter-in-law Jama Sanderson, parents Charlie and Mabel Sanderson, and sister & brother-in-law Kendra & Carroll Elmore.

Gary is survived by his children Brian Sanderson, Chris Sanderson & wife Brandi, and Dana Sanderson Buckner & husband Jeff, as well as bonus children J.D.& Bobbie King, Jared & Jamie King, and Jason & Holly King, two sisters Kay Voss & husband Sam and Karen Coyle, and brother Lynn Sanderson. He was blessed to be called PaPa by his grandchildren Tristian-Lyn Buckner Coe & husband Justin, Haylee-Danielle Buckner Koenig & husband Patrick, Garyn Sanderson, Bri and Seven Sanderson, Dru and Zachariah Buckner, as well as his bonus grandchildren Ally, Bella, Matt, James and Kaleb King. Gary loved spending time with his great-grandchildren Paizlee and Asher Coe and was anxiously awaiting two more coming this year; Colston Coe and Evelynn (Evie-Mae) Koenig. Gary is also survived by a host of extended family and friends that he treated as family.

Visitation will be Friday, January 28, from 5:00-8:00 pm at Martin Funeral Home in Mansfield, AR. Graveside service will be Saturday, January 29, at 10:00 am at Union Ridge Cemetery in Dayton, AR.

Pallbearers will be Garyn Sanderson, Bri Sanderson, Dru Buckner, LaJohn Jones, Tony Jones and Tim Cumbie. Online condolences may be sent at http://www.martinfuneralhomes.com

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