Darrell  Sanders
Mr. Darrell Sanders, age 73, of Grayson, Kentucky, entered into rest, Friday evening, November 22, 2019, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky.
He was born March 11, 1946, in Pikeville, Kentucky. Reverend Otis and Hazel Sanders fell in love with Darrell upon first sight and adopted the sweet-hearted red haired boy only seven days later.
Darrell graduated from Morgan County High School in 1965. He was drafted and served in the Army from 1966 - 1968 and was a Vietnam Veteran. After returning home, he graduated from Morehead State University.
Darrell's love of the classroom was only matched by his love of sports and friends. It all started as he, himself, would tell you he was the first to dunk a basketball at Morgan County High School. His friends often joked that the only comparison that came to mind was the great Al Bundy, who scored five touchdowns in a single game. He loved his stories and sharing them with friends and family, which is why he loved being a part of the East Carter baseball team when they won the state championship in 1984. Darrell also often boasted about his attendance at the Boys Basketball Sweet Sixteen tournament, an event he attended 58 of the past 59 years.
He was a distinguished educator of the Carter County School system, retired in 2002 after 25 years of devoting his life to his students in the Pike County and Carter County School Systems. Among his many accomplishments- Eleven-time "Teacher of the Year" and winner of the coveted "Golden Apple" award for perfect yearly attendance for 14 years. After retirement, Darrell threw himself into a myriad of activities -Political activist, feeding the elderly through Meals on Wheels, social gadfly, gaming and horse expert (his name is legendary at Keeneland and Las Vegas), expert dog trainer (trainer to the one and only Rupp), and loving grandfather. In the twilight of his years, surely looked back contented and satisfied.
Darrell was someone who loved life and believed in helping others no matter what. His smile, whether it be on his face when talking about his family or when he spoke of his friends, was always welcomed. He could easily talk to strangers and friends alike, and his zest for life was contagious.
Surviving are his wife, Pam Sanders of Grayson, Kentucky; one daughter, Jessica Sanders Roberts (John) of Lexington, Kentucky; one son, Dane Sanders (Carey Bromwell) of Crescent Springs, Kentucky; and six grandchildren, Claire, Noah, Emma, Jack, Olivia, and Hazel. He also leaves many other family members and friends who will sadly mourn his passing.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Grayson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Grayson, Kentucky, with Brother Kyle Burchett officiating. Interment will follow in the KY Veterans Cemetery North East in Greenup County, Kentucky.
Friends may visit from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, November 25, 2019 and after 9 a.m. Tuesday, at Grayson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 49 McCoy Road, Grayson, Kentucky 41143.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Meals on Wheels or to New Beginnings Assembly of God Rewired Program.
The family expresses their sincere appreciation to all of the family, friends, and caretakers for enhancing Darrell's life with love and uplifting spirits. He would be so humbled and somewhat surprised that he touched so many lives.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.graysonfh.com.
Published on November 25, 2019


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michael mcguire
Nov 26, 2019
our deepest condolences
Katie Alexander
Nov 26, 2019
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Carol Azenara
Nov 25, 2019
Rest in Peace🙏
Pamela Kennedy
Nov 25, 2019
So glad got meet Darrell always had a smile. prayers for your family Pam.
Nov 25, 2019
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