Lela Sanders - 76
June 18, 2022
"Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father". . . John 14:12, ESV:Lela Bell Sanders lived her life embracing Jesus' promises in her favorite Bible verse, John 14:12. She held His words in her heart as truth, and selflessly exemplified great works in her daily actions and deeds. Affectionately known as Polly, she was born to the late J. C. and Edna Hunter on November 3, 1945, in Farmersville, AL. She confessed Christ at an early age and became a member of First Missionary Baptist Church in Farmersville, AL. She graduated from Lowndes County Training School, Hayneville, AL in 1964. Lela married the love of her life, Lorenzo Sanders, on January 6, 1968. They later moved to Jackson, AL where she was a faithful member of St Union Missionary Baptist Church and the adult choir. She was also a member of the Jackson Area Mass Choir. Polly loved "good preaching", singing and listening to gospel music. Polly had a solid and clear faith and loved the Lord with all her heart and soul. She believed in God's commandment in Matthew 22, to love her family and neighbors more than herself. It would hurt her deeply if she was aware of anyone in need. Whether it was food, shelter, clothing or prayer, she would deny herself to freely give what was needed to better someone else's situation. She considered her possessions the gifts that God blessed her to share with others. Her charity was sincere, bountiful, gracious and endless. Polly lived her life as a sterling example of love and kindness personified to her children, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighborhood and church families. She transitioned from her earthly home on June 18, 2022. She was preceded in death by her parents, J. C. and Edna Hunter of Farmersville, AL, and sister, Maggie Bell Mason of Sardis, AL. She leaves to cherish her memories, a husband of fifty-four years, Lorenzo Sanders. Six daughters: Pamela (Maurice) Porter, Sherrita (Edward) James, and Earlicia West all of Jackson, AL; Felicia (Lorenzo) McKee of Mobile, AL; Johonna (Sam) Tenor of Summerville, SC; and Gwendolyn (Thomas) Dumas of Birmingham, AL. Eleven Grandchildren: Jasmine and Joshua Porter, Antuan and Lakendrick (Takedra) James, Ladravian and Laquan Law, Marquis Flowers, Lorenzo and Lauren McKee, and Aliyah and Brooke Dumas. Four Great Grandchildren: Taylor Porter, Skylein, Adalynn, and Austin James; Four Step-Children: Carolyn (Darryl) Clarke of Rex, GA, Willie Chapman of Memphis, TN, Lyletha Gamble of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Tramarcus Young of Pensacola, FL; Two Sisters: Olivia Rudolph of Greenville, AL and Alice Adams of Sardis, AL; Two Brothers: Tommie (Brenda) Moorer of Chattanooga, TN and O. C. Hunter of Sardis, AL. Two sisters-in-law: Annie Colston of Millbrook, AL, and Annie Ray of Mobile, AL. Two brothers-in-law: Vernon (Shirley) Sanders of Selma, AL, Willie Mason Sr of Sardis, AL; Two Aunts: Mattie Watters of Minter, AL and Ornella Oliver of Tampa, FL; God Daughter Amanda McKenzie-Robinson of Daphne, AL; Special friends, Deloris Johnson, Louise Vaughn, Delernia J. Roberts and Rose Mary Parker, and a host of nieces, nephews, surrogate grandchildren, other relatives, and friends. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (Corinthians 13:13)Viewing Friday, June 24, 2022, 2:30pm until 6pm at Andrews Funeral Home Chapel "A". Viewing also Saturday, June 25, 2022, 11am until the 12 noon service at Jackson High School Auditorium, 321 Stanley Drive, Jackson, AL 36545; Reverend Sylvester Williams, Eulogist. Following the interment ceremony at Woodlawn Cemetery, Center Street, Jackson, AL, the family will receive friends at H. W. Pearce Community House, Vanity Park Drive, Jackson, AL. Facial covering and social distancing are suggested. Services with sympathetic care and legendary professionalism entrusted to Andrews Funeral Home, 800 Depot Road, Jackson, AL. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www. andrewsfuneralhomejackson. com and on Andrews Funeral Home Facebook page. May God bless you for all kindnesses shown to The Sanders-Hunter Family. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Lela Bell Sanders, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.