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James N. "Red" Sanders

Sunday, February 21, 2021
James N. "Red" Sanders

James N. “Red” Sanders passed away on Friday, February 5, 2021, at his home in Ennis, Texas, in the presence of his loving family.

Red was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on January 2, 1941, to Raymond Earl and Lois Anne (Adams) Sanders. He grew up in Cheyenne and graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1959. On September 3, 1960, he married the love of his life, Judy Kendall, at the First Christian Church in Ennis.

They first made their home in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for two years, then in Corsicana where Red attended Navarro Junior College, receiving an Associates Degree in Business and Agriculture. In over 60 years of marriage, they lived in Ennis; Rawlins, Wyoming; Rock Springs, Wyoming; and Sheridan, Wyoming. While in Sheridan, Red attended Sheridan College and Prescott College, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

Red was multitalented. His career included working for the SP Railroad as a Clerk, a Packing Group Leader at Owens-Corning, as a plumber for B. J. Hart Plumbing, on a seisemograph crew for Texaco, for the Ennis Police Department twice - once as a patrol officer under R. C. Cato Coleman and in later years as a patrol officer, sergeant, and elected Chief of Police. Red went to barber college following his retirement from police work, operating Red Sanders Barber Shop for 19 years until his retirement in December 2019 at age 79.

Red was a previous member of IOOF. He was a member of the Midlothian Church of Christ at the time of his death.

Red leaves behind his wife, Judy Sanders; daughters: Pamela Bruce, Aimee Sanders and partner Rick Garrison, and Shawn Berry and husband Steve; grandchildren: Ryan Bruce, Cody Bruce, Jessice Trueblood and husband Trey, Nathan Pendolino, Emily Vale and husband Stephen, Samantha Goodloe, Noah Berry, Jonah Berry and Oliver Alexander Berry; great grandchildren: Kayla Trueblood and Augusta Bruce, along with a host of extended family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Jerry Sanders, and granddaughter Alexandria Kay Goodloe.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 11 a.m., at the Church of Christ on Country Club Road of Ennis, with Eric Cupp presiding.