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Mr. Cardell Eugene Saunders, Sr.  a resident of Raleigh, NC passed May 6, 2018 at Durham VA Medical Center. 

Cardell Eugene Saunders, Sr. was born in Charleston, West Virginia on November 10, 1946 to Julius E. and Hattie D. Saunders. He departed this life to eternal rest from Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center on Sunday, May 6, 2018 after chronic respiratory failure consumed his last breath.

Cardell was educated in the Flint, Michigan Public School System, after his family moved from West Virginia early in his life, graduating from Central Community High School the 11th day of June 1965. A believer in education, he acquired an Associate in Applied Science - Banking Management from Charles Stewart Mott Community College; and, Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of Michigan.

After graduating from high school, Cardell served in the United States Army as an order supply specialist for the 248th Supply Company and as a Nike Missile crewman. He was awarded medals in National Defense Service, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign, and Good Conduct achieving Honorable Discharge the 3rd day of March 1972.

His professional career included working at General Motors/Fischer Body; AC Spark Plug; Liberty Loan Company; Citizens Bank; the University of Michigan - Flint; Detroit College of Business; Davenport University; the Flint Public School System; Baker College; and finally, the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education from where he retired as a Program Claims Specialist in 2013.

Cardell was dedicated to his children: daughter, Denise and son, Gene. He was especially proud of them both. They were his pride and joy; his two greatest accomplishments. He will always be remembered as the earthly representative of their heavenly father who sacrificed unselfishly in all that he had to give them. In the end, a SALUTE was his final farewell to them.

Highly thought of, Cardell is affectionately remembered as "Sandy" and will be fondly missed by many. Mentor; handsome; stylish; kind; inspiring; intelligent; full of humor; a great friend, partner, and running buddy; a man's man; a big smile with a sunny personality; and, a good father and awesome dad are all used to describe him. He was an avid golfer for over 40+ years; an athlete, nicknamed Gillette, who received varsity letters in football, basketball, and track. He also set a high jump record in junior high school. Cardell had a love for DIY projects; the arts, especially music; and, spending time with his children. Some of his business and professional affiliations included being a 20 year volunteer with the Flint MLK Committee; fundraising for UNCF; the JayCees; serving as Toastmasters president of Greater Flint; Easter Seals; and, Boy Scouts.

Cardell was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Hattie Saunders; grandmother, Fannie Lee Miller; and brothers, Etson Thompson Saunders and Howard Franklin Saunders, Sr.

He leaves to cherish his memory dearly beloved and devoted children: daughter, Denise E'lan Saunders; son, Cardell Eugene Saunders, Jr. (Jessika); grandson, Eugene Nikolai Saunders; three sisters, Cynthia Ann Saunders-Brown; Shelia Saunders-Rattler; Rebecca Saunders-Abdul; brother, Julius E. Saunders, Jr.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm at American Cremation & Funeral Service (located at 1204 Person Street, Durham, NC 27703)

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  • Monday, May 07, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ American Cremation Services, Inc.
  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    u have been a great friend from the early 1990s, missing u homeboy
    ~ Nathan Wallace   Flint, MI
  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    My Prayers and Condolences to the Family of Cardell Saunders, Sr. He is Loved and will be missed. R.I.P My Friend!
    ~ Carrie Edwards-Clemons   Flint, MI
  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    So deeply saddened to hear of his passing. He was a great coworker and an even better friend. He will be missed.
    ~ Ken Howard   Washington, DC
  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    Rest easy Sir. Thank you for your service, thank you for the joy in your son Gene.
    ~ Grover Fowler   Durham, NC
  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    My prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Saunders.
    ~ Pat Mosby   Crofton, MD
  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    My awesome and most loved cousin has gained his wings in the Heavens above. I will always love him and will always treasure the talks, the laughter and everything you taught me. May all family find peace and comfort through this tough time in our lives. Cardell was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. I remember him coming down to visit with cousin Howard and mom said "Call him Sandy, I tease him with that", I responded, it wasn't nice and I would never do that. Even to this date, I never got the nerve to call him Sandy, even for fun.... Cousin Cardell, I love you, will miss you and you will always be in my heart. Love to the family and friends,
    ~ Davita Voit   Amherst, VA
  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    a wonderful friend for many years, you will be missed.may you rest in peace.2qco7
    ~ Dennis   Burton, MI
  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    From the very first time I met Cardell, he was so full of life, so funny. The laughter, oh the laughter that we shared will never be forgotten. The stories that he would tell are etched forever in my mind and heart. I love you Cardell. A man full of so much knowledge and wisdom. "A HERO". Rest now my Friend.
    ~ Sylvia Harris   Durham, NC
  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018
    Cardell was a very sweet man. We will truly miss him!!
    ~ Teresa Coluchi   Baltimore, MD
  • Monday, May 14, 2018
    Cardell Saundell was my co-worker at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. He was a wonderful person with a gentle spirit who would do anything for you with a smile. He will truly be missed. Well done good and faithful servant.
    ~ Rita Akers   Springdale, MD
  • Monday, May 14, 2018
    To the family, I'm so sorry for your loss, may the memories of his life sustain you. My precious memory is he recommended me for my current job in OSSE i will be forever grateful for his kindness. RIP my friend.
    ~ Deborah Taylor   Washington, DC
  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018
    Sorry To Hear Of Your Fathers Passing. May GOD Give You The Strength To Endure And To Stand ,With Your Tears May He Give You Peace As You Remember Life And Love Shared...GOD Bless You
    ~ Rev.P Schmidt IPBC   Washington, DC
  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018
    I couldn't dream of a better father. He has shown me the right path all my life. He is the closest to thing to a god in human form we may ever get to see.
    ~ Cardell Saunders Jr.   Rougemont, NC
  • Thursday, July 26, 2018
    I sadly express my heartfelt sympathy to the Family of Mr. Cardell E. Saunders. Our paths crossed in the early 80's at Citizens Bank, there Cardell was among one of my first supervisors. We continued to communicate over the years, after his relocation to Washington DC and later to North Carolina. He periodically checked on the well being of others we worked with over the years. May the fond memories you hold strengthen you in the days to come. You have my sincere and continued prayers....
    ~ Kimberly Dawn Hicks   Flint, MI
  • Thursday, July 26, 2018
    I sadly express my heartfelt sympathy to the Family of Mr. Cardell E. Saunders. Our paths crossed in the early 80's at Citizens Bank, there Cardell was among one of my first supervisors. We continued to communicate over the years, after his relocation to Washington DC and later to North Carolina. He periodically checked on the well being of others we worked with over the years. May the fond memories you hold strengthen you in the days to come. You have my sincere and continued prayers.... Ms. Kimberly Dawn Hicks Flint Michigan
    ~ Kimberly Dawn Hicks   Flint, MI