Phil Sanders Day to be celebrated here Tuesday

Friday, January 31, 2014
Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham siging the Phil Sanders Day proclamation. Also pictured from left: Judy Goodman, Phil Sanders, and David Sanders.

By Jessica Moore

Staff Writer

Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham has proclaimed Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, as Phil Sanders Day in the City of Lewisburg. Sanders will be 90 years old on that day.

"I'm all for honoring people," said Bingham. "He's one of the super citizens of this community. He's an exemplary person."

Sanders was attending Tennessee Tech on a football scholarhip, but gave this up in order to enlist in the Navy -- without his parents' permission -- when World War II broke out. He served in the North Atlantic.

"By honoring him, I feel we are honoring all veterans, especially World War II veterans," Bingham said.

Once he returned from the war, Sanders began working at his family's business, Home Supply Company, where he stayed until his retirement about nine years ago.

Sanders served on the City Council for three terms, which coincided with Mayor Bob Phillips time in office. It was an important time for progress and change for the city: the City Hall and the new Rec Center were built, and utilities were run out Mooresville Highway to what would become the I-65 Commerce Park.

Sanders also was chairman of the board of Lewisburg Electric System for many years. He was instrumental in getting the LES headquarters constructed on West Ellington Parkway, and the building is named for him.

Sanders has been a Marshall County Citizen of the Year, is the oldest member of the Lewisburg Lions Club, and is probably a charter member of the Lewisburg Elks Club, Bingham said.

"He did so many things quietly," said Bingham. "Volunteer work you never hear about."

Sanders and his wife Jerre married in December 1946 and were married for 65 years, until she died in May 2011. Jerre Sanders was a teacher, and their son David followed in her footsteps, teaching for 36 years at Marshall County High School. Their daughter, Judy Goodman, lives in Brentwood.

Sanders has been a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church.

There will be a reception held for Sanders at Lewisburg Electric System from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4.