Corsicana — Stephen Lewis Sanders
Stephen Lewis Sanders, 68 of Dallas, formerly of Corsicana, passed away surrounded by his family on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.
Stephen (Steve) was born July 24, 1944 in Dallas to George and June Sanders. At the age of 12, Steve attended Kemper Military Academy in Booneville, Mo. There, he graduated in 1962. He then attended Trinity University in San Antonio, before returning to Kemper as a student in the academy's university. Unwilling to wait until he finished college, Steve enlisted as a Combat Engineer in the United States Army. He attended Basic Training at Fort Polk, La., where he graduated as Honor Recruit. He then was selected to train at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School at Fort Bragg, N.C., and graduated as a member of the Green Berets. Steve served two tours of duty in Vietnam with the 3rd and 5th Special Forces Groups. During his second tour, he was severely injured in a grenade attack. Due to his heroic and meritorious service, Steve was asked to return to the JFK Special Warfare School as an instructor. There, he had the honor of training the next generation of Green Berets.
Following the end of his service, Steve began his career as an extremely successful entrepreneur. He returned to Dallas in 1971, and shortly after, met Jane, the love of his life. He and Jane married on April 7, 1973 in Dallas. In July of 1980, Steve and Jane decided to adopt a child. Steve told the adoption caseworker that he wanted twin girls. On Jan. 14, 1981, they received a call that they could go pick up their twin girls the next day. Steve opened Sanders Trading Company in 1987 and worked tirelessly until his death.
Stephen Sanders will be remembered as a quiet intelligent man whose love for his country was only surpassed by his love and devotion to “his three girls.”
He was preceded in death by his father, George Sanders of Rockport; his mother, June Tippett Lynch of Dallas; his stepfather, William Lynch of Dallas, his sister, Francine Sanders of Dallas; and his son-in-law, Cpl. Curtiss A. Carter of Fort Hood.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Mary Jane Sanders of Dallas, formerly of Corsicana; his daughter, Stephanie Sanders and fiancé Terry Smith and her children James Stephen and Lillian Elizabeth all of Corsicana; his daughter Christina Sanders and fiancé Cody Smith and her children Grady Bryce and William Lewis all of Rice; his sister Karen Sanders of Houston; his niece, Kelly Busby of Houston; his niece Kiki Simpson and husband William and their daughter Emery all of Dallas; his niece, Laurie Hoffman and her husband Dillion of Oregon: and Craig McCallum and wife Pam of Rockwall.
Service will be held at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 West Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75225 on Friday, May 31, 2013. Viewing will take place beginning at 9 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 10 a.m. immediately followed by internment at the same location. A reception will be held shortly after burial at the Funeral Home.