DEXTER -- Billy Ray Sanders Sr., 62, died Feb. 24, 2012, at his home.
Born June 1, 1949, in Essex, son of the late Elmer Junior and Clara Jane King Sanders, he had lived all his life in Essex and Dexter where he had worked in the sanitation department at Tyson Foods and was a member of the Lighthouse Christian Center.
On Oct. 19, 2011, in Dexter, he married Renita Rae Brown who survives of Dexter.
Other survivors include: four sons, Billy Ray Sanders Jr. of Bernie, Jeff Sanders of Texas and Christopher Brown and Michael Quinlan of Dexter; one daughter, Amanda Vaughn of Dexter; three brothers, Delbert Sanders and Adam Sanders of Dexter and Steve Sanders of Essex; two sisters, Dortha Hess and Kathy Romero of Dexter; and 13 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Cindy Blackwell.
Services were conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Lighthouse Christian Center in Dexter with the Rev. Tim Russell of Dexter officiating.
Burial will be in Essex Cemetery at Essex.
The Watkins and Sons Funeral Home of Dexter is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.watkinsfuneralhome.com.