Ruben Edward Sanchez

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Mr. Ruben Edward Sanchez, age 63, of Chapel Hill, Tennessee, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Sanchez was a son of the late Nabor Sanchez and Carmen Guerrero Sanchez. He was a former drill press operator. Loved by all who knew him, Ruben was an honorary Captain of the Eagleville Volunteer Fire Department. Since childhood he was very active in Special Olympics and for several years served as an usher and greeter at his church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Alice Petzold and a brother, Raymond Porraz.

Ruben is survived by six sisters: Noami Garcia of Monrovia, California, Helen Sanchez of Chapel Hill, Tennessee, Maria de Chantel of Vista, California, Josie Porraz of Pasadena, California, Vicki Ratzlast of Happey Valley, Oregon and Gloria Curley of Claremont, California; and a brother, Joe Porraz of Ontario, California. He is also survived by many nephews and nieces and many friends who are in the circle of family.

A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Lawrence Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date in California.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Special Olympics of Tennessee, 461 Craighead St., Nashville, TN 37204, Jewish Voice Ministries, P.O. Box 31998, Phoenix, AZ 85046-1998 or to the charity of your choice.

Lawrence Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Chapel Hill was in charge of the arrangements.