HM3(FMF) Andrew T. Sanders, 22, of 1001 Hunnicutt Avenue, Elizabeth City, NC died Sunday, September 29, 2013 in Guam. He was the son of J. F. “Skip” Sanders and Sabrina Temple Sanders of Elizabeth City, NC. Andrew was born in Elizabeth City, NC on November 20, 1990. He was a graduate of Northeastern High School and was a member of Cann Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Andrew was a hospital corpsman in the US Navy stationed in Guam. He was “hand-selected” for duty at the military construction project transition office preparing staff for the move into the new Naval Hospital Guam. Andrew was previously assigned to the Second Battalion, Second Marines, Easy Company as a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman. He was deployed in March 2011in response to the Libyan Crisis to the Mediterranean Sea and North Africa as a part of NATO Operation Unified.
Andrew’s military awards include Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Expert Marksmanship Pistol and Expert Marksmanship Rifle Medals.
He had an infectious smile that let anyone know that he was happy, friendly and approachable. Andrew will be dearly missed by hosts of young and old!
Besides his parents, he is survived a brother, Abram Hodge Sanders of Baltimore, MD; his paternal grandmother, Pearl Sanders of Elizabeth City, NC, maternal grandparents, William R. “Bob” Temple and Signe T. Temple of Chesapeake, Virginia. Also, he is survived by two aunts and uncles, Donald and Pamela Payne of Elizabeth City, NC and Thor and Sharon Temple of Jacksonville, FL. Andrew was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Joseph F. Sanders.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 2:00 p. m. at Cann Memorial Presbyterian Church with Rev. Elizabeth Cluff officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in New Hollywood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Twiford Memorial Chapel and at other times at the residence. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, or www.woundedwarriorproject.org or to Cann Memorial Presbyterian Church, PO Box 2818, Elizabeth City, NC 27906-2818. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Sanders family. Online memorial condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com