Andrew Sanders

Andrew Sanders

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 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

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  1. Warren and Debbie White

    Skip and Sabriba and Abram, so sorry for your loss. It broke my heart when I heard. I can still see him sitting on my knee at Ding Dong School. May God be with you all at this time, His love will help you. God Bless

  2. Toni Wood

    I will forever remember him as the sweet and crazy young man who played his guitar in the elevator at the District Youth Beach Retreat. All the girls thought he was wonderful. He will be missed. So glad to know that he had a relationship with Jesus Christ!

  3. Kay Acurio

    Sending sincere condolences to all of you during this sad time. Andrew would light up any room when he appeared. I remember him vividly in band at NHS. His hair was gorgeous and was his trademark! He is going to be sorely missed. In His Love, Kay Acurio

  4. Lindsey Umphlett

    I will always remember him. He had such a kind heart, and love for everyone around him. His infectious smile, and his warm laugh. Andrew was a friend to many. I remember all the times I spent with him in High school, and will never forget him. I know he’s with our Father in Heaven, but it’s still so hard to not have him here. I’m thinking and praying for the family. We all miss you Andrew. Love,
    Lindsey Umphlett

  5. Angela Fiedler

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Andrew was a special young man and I will always remember him from attending JC Sawyer and the NHS Band – always had a bright big smile no matter what – my son Michael joins me in sending this note and God Bless the Sanders Family during this time. Love and prayers from the Fiedler Family

  6. Carolyn Jennings

    Words are so inadequate to express my deepest sympathy. Andrew was such a joy as a middle school student, with his curly hair and charming grin. I will always remember his kind spirit and his enthusiasm. Such a special person who will be missed by all of us.
    Thoughts and prayers for your family.

  7. Georgine Armstrong

    What a special young man. Know you trusted him to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He has been a special blessing to your family and many others. We will understand one day our loss today.

  8. Brandi Jordan

    Skip, Sabrina & Abram – My heart breaks for you because I know that there is nothing this side of heaven that will heal your pain. Take comfort in knowing that the sweet little boy grew up to be a fine young man in the eyes of more than just his family and we were all so proud of him. Your AHC/Hospice family is grieving with you. Please know that you are in my prayers.

  9. Donnie and Anita Byrd

    Our sincere sympathy go out to you during this time of loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God Bless you in the coming weeks.

  10. josh russell

    So sorry for the familys loss I knew Andrew from Jc sawyer thru high school he was a great friend and had a big heart, I still remember in middle school we had a project to do and he brought in his gitar to add that little extra something to it, man he could play, well man rest in peace and play on up in heaven much love to you man and many prayers going up for the family.

  11. Mary Jo (Forehand) & Stuart Windley

    Skip, Sabrina and family,
    We are sorry to hear about your loss. May God be with you and your family.

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  13. Scott, Dottie & Seth Rosenke

    Our hearts are broken.
    What a great kid Andrew had been. What a very fine man he was growing into.

    Andrew always had “magic”. There was that smile of his, at once sincere and impish. Those sparkling eyes. The “poofy-head” hair.
    Andrew had an infectious enthusiasm, and a joy of being. He was always kind, good-natured, and well-mannered. And let’s not forget talented.
    Truly, there are not enough words to express our gratitude for having known him, or for the sadness of our (and the world’s) loss.
    Our love goes out to the whole family. You are in our prayers.

  14. Sarah Banks

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and Sabrina at this time. May our prayers help you through this difficult time.

  15. Elin Odegard

    To the Sanders family,
    I have read the messages of condolence and can see that Andrew was a very extraordinary young man. I know of Andrew through my granddaughter, Amanda Odegard of Fayettevile, N.C., presently Guam. Andrew and Amanda were close friends. May God grant all of you in the Sanders family, and Amanda, too–great strength in this time of terrible tragedy.

  16. Jill Boyer

    Skipper and Sabrina.
    I don’t know what to say. Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. May the Lord comfort you in the days to come. You are in my prayers.

  17. LTJG Stephan and family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sanders family and friends. HM3 Sanders will be missed.

  18. Eden Lynch

    To the Sanders Family:
    I was in boot camp and “A” school with Andrew. Throughout one of the most stressful times of our lives he always had that smile on and was always there to keep us going. He was a great Sailor and friend and will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  19. Janie Foster

    To Andrew’s family,
    I am so sorry that you have lost Andrew. He was amazing. He and I met about 5 or 6 years ago and kept in touch. Is is such a blessing. He brought joy to everyone in every situation. I will be praying for each of you.
    In Christ,
    Janie Foster

  20. Tammy Campbell

    I can only echo what others have said; may God hold you close in his care, give you strength to weather these coming weeks, and peace as time passes. You presented the world with a wonderful boy/ young man who had the Lord in his heart and his smile. Love and prayers to you all. – The Campbells
    Breanna, Tammy, & Don

  21. Wayne Ferrin

    Sabrina, we are so saddened to hear of your loss. All our love and prayers and support for you and your family from all of us.

  22. jim heuberger

    Sabrina, Skipper, Abram,
    Allow me to share the burden of your grief, with Andrew’s passing. He was not only special to your family but to all who met him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and ALL who will miss him.

  23. Melanie Mathewson

    I am so sorry for your loss, Andrew was a special young man who touched the lives of everyone he met. My prayers go out to you and your family. He will be forever in my thoughts and we will all miss that smile.

  24. Darci Wendeborn

    I am so sorry to hear of Andrews passing, he was truly an exceptional person. He was very kind and loving and an overall wonderful guy. We went to school together and I.cant ever think of a time when he didn’t have his infectious smile on his face. He touched many peoples lives and came to be such a gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. He will be missed greatly.

  25. Sonja Askew

    My heart aches. Let the memories you hold most dear be a comfort to you now. Aunt Sonja October 3,2013

  26. Chelsea d'Hemecourt

    After today I am confident that nothing in life is a coincidence… there is a purpose for everything and there really is a power greater than us. I posted a picture and an article about Andrew… a few hours later I received the most beautiful message from someone I went to high school with,she moved to Guam the day of Andrew’s race… Her husband’s sponsor was Andrew’s supervisor in the Navy. She not only watched the race but ran along side of them. She went the ER when they heard the news. I am so humbled to know how many people loved him and were there for him. This was no coincidence, this was Andrew sending us a message from Heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you. xoxo

  27. Jerrika L. Waller

    I’ve been keeping an eye on some of the different things people have said about Andrew, and, after reading what people have posted about him on Facebook, as statuses and on his wall, it’s even more obvious than before what a generous and important person he was. Someone said he was their first love, another their first kiss in the rain, and I know personally he was the first boy I ever held hands with. Who knows how many firsts he was for other people who didn’t post it online. That says to me that he was willing and able to help a lot of people in growing throughout their lives in a powerful way. He had a gift for getting people to open up, and as far as I ever saw, he brought out the best in whoever he met. It’s a profound shame that so many people now won’t get to benefit from his spirit, but I feel very blessed that I was able to. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  28. Bobbi Veon White

    Skip and Sabrina-
    We are so sorry for your loss. No one should ever have to face the loss of a child. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Bobbi and Wayne

  29. Eugene Sielagoski

    Skip and Sabrina
    Words cannot describe how truly sorry I am for what happened he was an extremely good friend and practically a brother he has made a huge impact on my life and I am glad I had the honor to have met him. Love both of y’all dearly and always here

  30. Nick and Paula Stevenson

    My dearest Skip, Sabrina and Abram,we are so sorry for your loss. As many have already said, there are no words.Just know our thoughts and prayers are with you all and you will continue to be in our prayers. Love you and praying for Gods peace.
    Nick and Paula

  31. The Donnells

    Skip, Sabrina, and Abram, my children have grown up with Andrew and we all knew him to be a great kid, a fine young man, and the shining hope of what can be in their own futures if they only will try. Andrew tasted life in all of it’s shades and glories and lived magnificently. His warm heart will live in ours always.
    Alain, Joanne, Alain, Hannah, Andrew, & Lily

  32. Brenda Chambers

    Skip, Sabrina and Abram, my heart is broke for you. Angie spoke highly of Andrew. Joe and I will keep you close in our hearts at this time. Angie has asked that I bring you something special since she is far from home now.
    Joe and Brenda Chambers

  33. Clauda Thompson

    Sabrina,Skip,Abram,Pearl: My heart just breaks over your loss. May God’s comfort and grace surround each of you.

  34. Jerry Tobiason

    Sabrina and Skip.
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. I wished i had met him after he had all grown up. I only saw him when he was a baby when Mom and Dad went to E City with me on our way to Florida. I can tell he was a fine young man and a great asset to his fellow servicemen.

    Cousin, Jerry

  35. The Stevensons

    Sabrina, Skip and Abram,
    We are heartbroken as well for the loss of Andrew as our boys grew up with him through school, band and in the neighborhood. You continue to be in our prayers during this really hard time. Love to you. Lindsay, Marina, Paul, Will, Daniel and Rena

  36. Rhonda DeBruhl

    Skip, Sabrina and Abram,
    My heart aches for you. I am so sorry for your loss. Find comfort in good memories, family and friends but even more so in your faith. It will get you through the tough times.
    Hugs and love…..Rhonda

  37. Charles Wright SSG (Ret.)

    To the family of Sanders. I would like to say I’m sorry for your loss. It upsets me deeply that a young service members life is cut short and he is no longer with us and you have loss an outstanding Son and this great county of ours has loss the potential of having an up and coming great leader. May God bless you will be in our Prayers.

  38. Stevw and Cindy Colclasure

    I know words cannot express the sadness you have. So sorry for your loss. Pray that the love of Christ and the great memories will help you through this difficult time. I remember Andrew from band how he loved music. He was always a blessing to those around him.

  39. Natalie Twiford

    I have no words to express the sadness in my heart for your loss, I met Andrew only once but in that brief in counter I could see that he was pure joy to anyone that was around him, you are in my thoughts and prayers,…..

  40. Lorrie & Rob Simpson, Hannah and Mason

    Skip, Sabrina and family,
    Just wanted to say so sorry for your loss..thoughts and prayers for you all….

  41. Bill Dobney

    Skip, Sabrina and Abram,
    I’m very sorry for your loss. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Again, I’m very sorry and God will take care of him now.

  42. Glendora Brothers

    Sabrina, What a magnificent job in having the priviledge to rear such a fine young man that served those around him long before he enlisted. These comments celebrate the life that lives on forever, his light shall never go out

  43. Wendy McWee

    Sabrina and Family,
    I too am so saddened for you all and so sorry for your loss of a fine young man. You did an amazing job raising him, he served his country well and now is serving our Lord Jesus Christ. My heart just doesn’t stop aching for you all. Words cannot express my sympathy for you all during this most difficult time. I will continue to keep you close in heart and pray for you daily.
    God Bless you all.

  44. Jill Noe

    Dear Sabrina and Family,
    I am so very saddened to hear of your son’s passing. Please accept my sincere condolences…how truly tragic. Andrew was a part of our Navy Family, no matter that I never met him personally. I am certain he was loved by many and will be missed.

  45. Lee Dobson, BAYADA Home Health

    You and your family are remembered during this very difficult time. I am certain that Andrew will be remembered fondly and terribly missed. Take comfort in his memory; and may you and your family find peace with the passage of time. Our condolences.

  46. Ellie Ward

    Dear Sabrina and family,
    I know Andrew was the light of your lives. Sabrina, I could feel your pride and joy every time you spoke of him. He will remain for you, forever young and vibrant and will undoubtedly live on in your heart and sweet memories forever.

    I am so sorry for the unbearable pain I know you are enduring. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  47. Penny spence Raby

    My deepest sympathy in the loss of your son, I did not have the honor of knowing him, but I can tell he was very special to many,many people. May God bless you with His peace and comfort.
    Penny Spence Raby

  48. Kris Johnson

    Your family is in my prayers. There are just no words … Such a special, loving, and gifted young man gone too soon. My deepest sympathy.

  49. Judy Spear

    Sabrina and very sorry for your loss. There are no words that I could possibly write that would offer you comfort at this time but know that God will hold you all close and give you peace…Sincerely..Judy Spear

  50. Rochelle Girls

    Skip and Sabrina Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time in your lives.Love the girls at Rochelle’s.

  51. Bruce and Gina Miller

    We are sorry for your loss. We are and will be praying for you and grieve with you.

  52. Nia Burns

    To the family of HM3 Sanders:
    So sorry for your loss. HM3 will be greatly missed. I went through bootcamp alongside him. Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  53. Kathy Hodges

    I pray God will bless you and your family with peace and comfort during this time of grief and loss.

  54. Lisa Garman

    As one of Abe’s co-workers, I believe I speak for all of us at Furbish – our hearts and minds are with each of you. May beautiful memories sustain you during this time and always. God Bless.
    Your Furbish Family.

  55. Joanna

    May the God of all comfort be with you at this time of grief, may all of Andrew’s memories stay close to your hearts. Psalms 46:1 Joanna

  56. Rusty Andreasen

    I am a friend of his Uncle Thor here in Jacksonville,Fla. Met him once when he was visiting his Uncle Thor. GREAT KID! God Bless and peace to his family. He is in a better place.

  57. Tony Stimatz

    Sabrina and Skip,
    As Thanksgiving approaches we remember our blessings and that is what Andrew was, not only to you but to those who know you. As I spoke on Veteran’s day I had him in mind when I talked about stepping up to serve our country and the potential sacrifice this could require. God’s blessings on you all. Tony

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