STEPHENVILLE—A visitation for James Newton Sanders, 72, will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Stephenville Funeral Home to celebrate Jame’s life.

James was born in Dublin, Texas, to the late Edmond and Vista Aubrey Hill Sanders. He married Sharon Watson in October of 1989 and together they had three children. 

James retired after 43 years from Jake and Dorothy’s restaurant where he worked as a cook. He resided in Stephenville all his life.

Survivors include his children, James Edward Sanders and Bridget of Stephenville, and Lea Ann Sanders of Abilene; grandchildren, Elizabeth Marie Sanders, Zachary James Nemec, Jerry Glynn Sechrist, Jr., Sarah Sanders, Danny Earl Conner, Jr., and Joseph Lyle, Jr.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sharon; and by his son, Don Wayne Sanders.

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