SSgt Billy “Larry” Sanders USMC Retired, 54, answered God’s call on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 and returned home. Born November 27, 1958, in Sumter County, he was the son of the late John “Bill” and Ethel McCoy Sanders. He was educated in the public schools of Sumter County and was a graduate of Hillcrest High School, Class of 1977.
After graduation, Larry joined the United States Marine Corps. During his 21 years of service, Larry had many achievements including: six Good Conduct Medals, two Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Achievement Meal Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon and three Meritorious Mast. After he retired from dutifully serving his country, Larry then began his career as a correctional officer in the fall of 1998 for the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center (SLRDC). During his 15 years spent at SLRDC, Larry became a Sergeant and was awarded Officer of the year.
Left to carry on his prestigious legacy is his daughter, Ashley T. Sanders; seven siblings, Vivian Herriott, Linda Wilson, John Sanders, Alvenia (Master Gunnery Sergeant Alphonso I. Lowery, USMC Ret.), Carolyn Sanders, Gary Sanders and Sammie Alston; thirteen nieces and nephews, Keshawna (Kelcay) Jones, Ricardo (Christina) Wilson, Carlos, Lolita (Walter) Thomas, Keshera (Cedric) Gist, Tavita, Allison, Dana, Chacon, Richaun, Adrianna, Olivia and Priscilla; aunts and uncles, Ella Osborne, Mary (Wilbur) Smith, Hattie (Harrill) Sanders, Eva McCaw, Rosalee Cousar, Mamie Ella Dinkins, Louise (Samuel) Graham, Alberta (Johnny) Williams, Steral (John) Singleton, Tom (Lurine) Sanders, Willie (Nancy) Sanders Edgar (Emily) Sanders, Sally Sanders and Emma Sanders; a god sister, Kendra Singleton; and a host of other relatives and special friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John “Bill” and Ethel Sanders.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Wednesday, July 3, 2013 from the Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, 7355 Camden Highway, Rembert, with the Rev. Anthony L. Taylor, pastor, eulogist, and assisted by Evangelist Glenda Miller, Pastor Eugene Dennis, and Minister Walter Robertson III.
The family will receive friends and relatives at the home of his sister, Vivian L. Herriott, 6612 Camden Highway, Rembert.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 12:00 noon.
The funeral procession will leave from the home of his sister at 12:20 p. m.
Floral bearers and Pall bearers will be the Sumter – Lee Regional Detention Center.
Active Pall bearers will be the United States Marine Corps.
Burial will be in the Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church Yard Cemetery.