Luther Reeves Saunders, 86, of Lexington died Jan. 5

Luther Reeves Saunders, 86, of Lexington died Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 2, 1931, in Waynesville, N.C., he was a son of the late Sam C. Saunders and Bertha Smith Saunders. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Winfred Saunders, and a great-grandchild, Briley Sensabaugh.

Luther was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and retired as a truck driver for Houff Trucking.

He was a hard working family man who retired at the age of 83.  He was generous and kind and would always help anyone in need.  He loved get-togethers with family and friends.  He also enjoyed traveling, camping, and gospel, bluegrass, and country music.

Surviving are his wife, Ann Ewing Saunders; children, Curtis Saunders and wife Elaine of Indian Trail, N.C., Mary Ruth Saunders of Santa Monica, Calif., Charles Saunders and partner Brian O`Malley of Charlotte, N.C., and Rebecca Leitch and husband William, Sherry Miller and husband Ronnie, all of Lexington; sister, Dorothy Rhinehart of Englewood, Fla.; five grandchildren, Sara Sensabaugh, Jeff Conner, Emily Thomas, Reba Miller and Payton Miller; one great-grandchild, Icelynn Sensabaugh; nephews, Roger Rhinehart and Wayne Rhinehart; sister-in-laws, Mary Jane Barrett and husband Paul, and Janet Ewing; and numerous step-nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at Manly Memorial Baptist Church with Dr. Michael Wilkins officiating. There will be a gathering in the social hall following the service.  Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.






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