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Clarence T. Sanders

Posted By obits On January 4, 2022 @ 3:27 pm In Elizabeth City,Obituaries | 24 Comments

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Clarence Thorpe Sanders, age 89, of Camden, NC died on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at his home. He was born in Elizabeth City, NC on April 4, 1932 to the late Clarence Etheridge Sanders and Helen Colleen Thorpe Sanders. After graduating from Elizabeth City High School, Clarence studied art at The Guggenheim Museum in Washington, DC for a summer before attending Davidson College. He served his country honorably in the U. S. Coast Guard before returning home to help his father in the family business at the Sanders Company. He served as former president of Museum of the Albemarle and was a founding member of the Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair. Clarence was a member of First United Methodist Church and a former member of Rotary. He had a lifelong love of astronomy and astrophotography and a passion for art where he excelled in casting, carving, and painting. Clarence was a true renaissance man.

He is survived by his children, Colleen Sanders Camacho and husband Chris, and Thorpe Sanders and wife Laura; and two grandchildren, Anna Kitchin and Catherine Kitchin. He was preceded in death by his wives, Betty Jean, Barbara, and Katharine.

The family would like to give a special thanks to his caregivers, as well as Community Home Care and Hospice.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Twiford Memorial Chapel with the Rev. F. Joe Griffith officiating. The service will be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/TwifordFuneralHome. Burial will be in West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 is serving the Sanders family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at www.TwifordFH.com. Memorial donations may be made to the SPCA of Northeastern NC, 102 Enterprise Drive, Elizabeth City, NC 27909. To plant a tree in memory of Mr. Sanders or to send flowers to the family, please visit www.TwifordFH.com/send-flowers.

Contact Information:

Twiford Funeral Home (Elizabeth City)

Memorial Chapel
405 East Church Street,
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
United States (US)
Phone: (252) 335-4395
Fax: 252-335-4329
Email: J.J.Twiford@TwifordFH.com

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Condolence from Eddie and Sharon Brinson on January 4th, 2022 4:23 pm

Thorpe and Laura,
We are so very sorry . Praying for peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Condolence from Don Horton on January 4th, 2022 6:48 pm

Sorry to hear of Clarence’s passing. We were class mates is school. Our condolences to his family.

Condolence from Bev Godwin on January 4th, 2022 7:58 pm

Colleen and Thorpe,
We were so sad to hear about Clarence.. We have many fond memories of your wonderful father! May your memories of him bring comfort to you both.
Bev and Brack Godwin

Condolence from Karen Jackson on January 4th, 2022 9:01 pm

Such a great man of many talents – kindness too. My Condolences.

Condolence from Patricia Houtz on January 4th, 2022 10:32 pm

Thorpe, So saddened to learn of Clarence’s death. He and Heywood had wonderful memories. Hunting for arrowheads, and shooting rats at the dump. Heywood still has the bullet near his knee where he won the quick draw contest! They were very good friends.

Condolence from Tricia and Lee Jones on January 5th, 2022 7:26 am

Thorpe so sorry to hear about your dad. Thoughts and prayers sent your way

Condolence from Thomas Felton on January 5th, 2022 7:33 am

Thorpe and Collen we are sorry for
your loss.Praying fpr you and the family
at this difficult time. Mr.Clarence will
be truly missed. Thomas Feltom and
Katie Ruffin

Condolence from Amanda Ramirez on January 5th, 2022 11:58 am

Our deepest Condolences,
Here lies a great man who has left a wonderful legacy behind.
He was larger than life and he lived it to the fullest.
Now that he has gone may all the beautiful memories be a blessing to you and your family.
Please accept our sincerest sympathy for the loss of your loved one.

Your MRI and NucMed Family

Condolence from Mary Sanders McCully on January 5th, 2022 1:30 pm

Clarence leaves quite a legacy for all Sanders. I did not know him as I moved from Elizabeth City at a young age. It would have been a joy to have had the opportunity to talk to him about his life’s work and interests. Now when I look at the night sky in all its beauty I will think of him.

My grandparents was Henry Wilson Sanders, Sr and Mary Sanders. In my young years, my father would tell me stories of The Sanders Company and the Shipyard in its heyday.

My you be comforted by the beautiful legacy he leaves and fond memories. I love to visit the Albemarle museum and now know the work and dedication Clarence gave to the community.

Condolence from Dr. Phil and Ruth DeBrito on January 5th, 2022 1:37 pm

Clarence was a good neighbor and will be missed. We only saw him occasionally but thoroughly enjoyed conversing with him when he could be outside enjoying his Purple Martins and the Pasquotank River. Prayers to his family.

Condolence from Marie Moss on January 5th, 2022 4:11 pm

I so sad to hear of Mr. Sanders passing. He was always so kind and hospitable. I will pray for perfect peace for his family.

Condolence from Jeanette, Allen, Emily, and Johnson on January 5th, 2022 5:15 pm

Thorpe and family,

You have our deepest condolences.

Clarence was well loved and respected. Your family’s love and respect for Clarence is his testament. He will be missed. Am so sorry for your loss. May his memory bring you joy and peace.

Jeanette, Allen. Emily, and Johnson

Condolence from Donald Wilson Sanders on January 5th, 2022 5:25 pm

My wife Karen and I enjoyed meeting Clarence in his and my later years. He and his wife were so welcoming, and we enjoyed a big lunch of fresh shrimp on one visit. We so enjoyed seeing his observatory and all of his beautiful art . I especially enjoyed his ship model collection since I share that same hobby. Clarence helped me update the Sanders family tree with information on his branch. I will miss my unique cousin!

Condolence from Willie and Mildred Godfrey on January 5th, 2022 6:15 pm

Thorpe and Colleen, so sorry to hear of Mr. Clarence’s passing! He truly loved the solar system and took great pictures! Our son loves it also and when he was little he gave him some books!! Willie respected him a lot! May thoughts, prayers,and love see you through this difficult time!!

Condolence from Sandra and Alex Leary on January 5th, 2022 9:32 pm

So sorry to hear about Clarence’s passing. We had the pleasure of meeting him while working with the foreign exchange students. He was one of the kindest people we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. His talents and enthusiasm for life will be missed. Condolences to the family.

Condolence from Beth and Danny Jennings on January 6th, 2022 3:06 am

Mr Clarence was such a talented and interesting man. He will be missed by many I’m sure.
Thorpe and Colleen, prayers for your peace and joy in the memories of your Dad.

Condolence from Lydia G Taylor on January 6th, 2022 1:42 pm

Colleen and Thorpe,
so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. He was a very special person and friend for many years.
Wishing you peace at this time of sorrow and sending my heartfelt sympathy.
Lydia Taylor.

Condolence from Catfish on January 7th, 2022 12:36 pm

Enjoyed knowing and talking with you threw the years. You will be missed.

Condolence from Manfred and Sigrid Kox on January 7th, 2022 4:56 pm

Der Clarence, we remember all the happy days with you and Barbara, when you spent some holidays in our home in Germany. You will be on our mind forever. Rest in peace. Your friends Manfred and Sigrid

Condolence from Irvin Nash on January 8th, 2022 10:07 am

So sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers

Condolence from Stephanie & Sam Harrell on January 8th, 2022 5:05 pm

When we moved into Whitehall Shores in 2006 in the house behind his, Clarence invited our young children to his home to look at his telescope. Over 15 years later, they still talk about it, his kindness, and his zest for life. He will be missed. Rest in peace, sweet man. Our sincere condolences to his family.

Condolence from Ginny & Chap Ward on January 10th, 2022 2:14 pm

Thorpe & Family,
So sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Condolence from Mark Croley on January 11th, 2022 12:06 pm

Thorpe & Family,
My deepest condolences on the passing of your father. He was a man of so many talents and assorted interests. He was a valued member of this community in so many ways and he will be missed. I’m saddened to see so many of his generation who have contributed so much to our community leave us. I have always admired your family business and the many generations of Sanders who kept the business going for all of these years. I can only imagine how much that he enjoyed working along side you at Sanders Company for so many years. I can also imagine how much that you will miss your Dad. Keeping you close at this time.
Rest in Peace Mr. Sanders

Condolence from Sue Stokely on January 18th, 2022 5:34 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed by everyone that ever met him especially the the craftsmen.
Sue Stokely
Karen Farber
Jennifer Watt
Karen Jones

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