STRAWN Duane Stephen Bennett-Sanders, 42, passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2007.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 2007, at the First Baptist Church in Gordon. Burial will be in Ex-Ray Cemetery in Erath County under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Strawn. The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening from 6:30 to 8p.m.

Duane was born in Salinas, Calif., on Dec. 18,1965, to Stephen Sanders and Vidella DeMars. Duane grew up in Gordon and graduated from Gordon High School. He married Sherri McWarter on April 22, 1985, in Childress. Duane worked for Texas Building Products as a forklift operator for 5 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Gordon.

Duane is survived by his wife, Sherri Sanders of Strawn, three children Duane S. Sanders, II of Strawn, Carol Nicole Bennett of Gordon, and Jay Jay Sanders of Strawn, mother and step-father, Vidella and William Bennett of Gordon, father, Stephen Sanders of Oakhurst Calif., two brothers; Thomas Bennett of New Jersey and Jeff Bennett of Flordia, one niece and two nephews and numerous aunts, uncles, and extended family and friends.

The family request in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Tri-City Ambulance, P.O. Box 271, Gordon, Texas 76453.

Published May 8, 2007

Stephenville Empire-Tribune