Willie "Bu" Sanders, Sr., 85, husband of Lubertha Grayson Moore Sanders, departed this life after a brief illness on Monday, March 1, 2010, at Sumter East Health and Rehab Center, Sumter. Born March 13, 1924, in Sumter County, he was the fifth of eight children born to the late Edward and Helen Young Sanders.
In his youth, Willie was employed at Shaw Air Force Base. He was a skilled painter who later established his own painting business. In addition to painting, he was also a carpenter.
In his youth, he married Louise China and to this union was born two daughters. On June 5, 1952, he married Rosa Lee Billups and to this union they had seven children. She preceded him in death on September 20, 1987. A few years into the marriage, Rosa Lee’s parents died, leaving behind 4 young children. Willie and Rosa Lee made the all important decision to move them into their already crowded home and raise them as their own. In 1989, Willie married Lubertha Moore and to this union was born three children.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his children with Louise, Helen Divers of Philadelphia, PA and Alberta Dwivedi of Ellicott City, MD. His children with Rosa Lee, Jean Curtis (Samuel), and Rosa Martin (Lorenzo) of Sumter, Willie Sanders (Jennifer) of Hopkins, Betty Scott of Philadelphia, PA, Linda Newton (Atwood) of Capitol Heights, MD, Belva Cork (Larry) of Bowie, MD, and John Sanders of Atlanta, GA. His wife Lubertha and their children, Betty Frierson (Bobbie), Christopher Grayson (Barbara), Herbert Grayson and a step-son, Ronald Moore, all of Sumter; his siblings, Mary Chatman and Everlina McLeod, both of Rembert, Edna Wilson of Wilson, NC; sixteen grand children; three great grandchildren; a large array of family and friends.
He was preceded in death by four siblings, Russell, Lucille, Carrie and Josephine and one grandson, Sammie Lee Scott, Jr.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p. m., Saturday, March 6, 2010 from the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, 821 North Main Street, Sumter with Pastor Edward L. Sanders of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, officiating, eulogist, assisted by Rev. Gerald Owens.
The family will receive friends at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Samuel and Jean Curtis, 112 Crescent Avenue, Sumter.
The Funeral procession will leave from the home of his daughter and son-in-law at 1:30 p. m.