John L. Sanders, 83, of Medina, was called home by his heavenly Father on Friday, July 12, 2013 at The Avenue of Medina. He was born in Florence, Alabama on July 23, 1929 to the late Edgar and Dazzie (Keyes) Sanders.
John was affectionately known as “John the Tailor,” the world’s greatest left-hand tailor. He was employed at Ziegler’s Department Store on the square until they closed and then later at his home. John served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member and former deacon at Greater New Canaan Baptist Church in Cleveland, singer in the Shields Brothers Gospel Group, and a freemason at St. Paul Lodge #131.
John is survived by his daughter, Marjorie Tate; longtime best friend, companion and caregiver, Dolores Rutter; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Winfred and David; daughter, Katherine; his brother, Waddell; and sister in law, Elizabeth Sanders; sisters, Charlotte Skipworth, Celestine Griffith, Lillie Sanders and Elizabeth Garden.
John truly loved his family and friends and was his happiest when he was singing for the Lord. He will be greatly missed by many.
Service will be held at 1 P.M., Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Waite & Son Funeral Home, 765 N. Court St., Medina. The family will receive friends from 11 A.M. until the time of service on Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be held at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, in Rittman.
The family would like to thank those who gave care to John at Meadowview Care Center, especially Janice, who took him under her wings, thank you so much. A “special thank you” to Bill and Kim and the entire staff at the Avenue Care & Rehabilitation Center of Medina, for the wonderful, loving care and happiness they brought to John in his short stay with them. We will always be grateful.