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Mr. John Lee Sanders, affectionally known as “Johnny Boy”, was born August 10, 1934 in York County, South Carolina and departed this life Monday, January 30, 2017 at Robin Johnson Hospice House in Dallas, North Carolina.  He was the son of the late Fred Lee Barnette and Rachel Sanders McCoy.

He retired from Burlington Industries in Gastonia, North Carolina and became a handy man that could repair and fix any broken or discarded items.  Johnny Boy was also an avid Gardner with a green thumb and gardened constantly.  He grew beautiful flowers, plants and vegetable.  He was a great cook, and did so frequently.  He will be greatly missed and love deeply by all his children, grandchildren and all who truly knew him.

He was married to the late Louella Dean Edwards Sanders and to this union six children were born whom he loved dearly.  Johnny Boy went out of his way to spoil his children with a pony, go carts, motor bikes, many pets and whatever they wanted; which lasted throughout their adult lives. 

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Louella E. Sanders; two sons, John Lee Sanders, Jr. and Matthew Sanders; three brothers, Roy McCoy, Matthew McCoy and James McCoy.

He leaves to cherish precious memories his children, Dale A. Sanders, Jawanda W. Sanders, Fostina LeGretta Sanders and Kenneth Sanders all of Gastonia, N.C.; twelve grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

Funeral Arrangement 

Costner Funeral Home Chapel

Friday, February 3, 2017 @ 2:00 P.M.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to funeral.
(1:00 until 2:00 P.M.)


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  • Monday, January 30, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Costner Funeral Home
  • Friday, February 03, 2017
    Your in my thoughts and prayers.
    ~ De Yarda Darby   Gastonia, NC
  • Sunday, February 05, 2017
    Very sorry for your loss. Death is hard to deal with. From reading the obituary he was a very loving person. God's word the bible brings us much comfort in times such as these. In Revelation 21:4, it says that Jehovah God will wipe every tear from our eyes and pain and death will be no more. This scripture must be referring to here on the earth, because these things don't exist in heaven. My prayers are with you during this time.
    ~ Lisa L