Wilma Sanders

Wilma Jeanette Buxton Sanders, 79, died on Thursday, Apr. 18, 2019, at her home in Starks.

She was a native and longtime resident of Starks. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 18 years old, where she met her future husband of 53 years, Lee T. Sanders. She was a life member of the V.F.W. Post #4759 Auxiliary in which she held many elected positions, including President of the Ladies Auxiliary.

Survivors include her children, Thomas Floyd Sanders of Merryville, Cynthia Sanders McLeod and husband, Shawn of Starks, and Amanda Sanders Bates of Starks; her siblings, William “Sonny” Buxton and Oscar Ricky Buxton, both of Starks, and Ennis “Pee Wee” Buxton, Dennis Buxton, and Robin Buxton, all of Seminole, Okla.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Sanders; her parents, Ennis and Polly Buxton; and two siblings.

Her funeral was held Saturday, Apr. 20, at Hixson Funeral Home of Vinton. Rev. Elton Barks officiated. Burial was in VFW Cemetery in Starks.