John Robert Saunders
John Robert Saunders, 82, well-known for his multiple entities of real estate and a resident of Columbia, TN died Thursday, February 17, 2022 at Williamson Medical Center.
Born February 28, 1939 in Kanawha County, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Robert Thomas Saunders and the late Beulah Gladys Null Saunders. As a well-known entrepreneur, he was known for working at a barber shop, farming, building homes, running a fruit stand, and starting a successful trucking company with just one truck. He was the owner of mini-storages, quick oil lubes, and a restaurant. Mr. Saunders was a friend to everyone and well loved. He was member of Jackson Heights Church of Christ.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister: Roberta Meek; and brother: Ross Saunders.
Survivors include his wife, whom he married June 2, 1962: Rose Ann White Saunders of Columbia; son: Brady Saunders of Summertown, TN; daughters: Karen Brown of Culleoka, TN and Terri Lynn Saunders (David) Ortiz of Columbia, TN; grandchildren: Ashley (Chad) Derryberry, Autumn Cromer, Landon Saunders, Jotham Saunders, Maryn Saunders, Gage Saunders, Nash Saunders, Montana (Allison) Ortiz, Barbara Ortiz, Sabastian Ortiz; great-grandchildren: Zaiden Cochran, Maddie Derryberry and Magnolia Saunders; brother: Landon Saunders; sister-in-law: Sarah Saunders; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for John Robert Saunders were conducted at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, February 21, 2022 at Jackson Heights Church of Christ. Burial followed at Neapolis Cemetery. Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements. The family suggests memorials to the Contributory Fund at Jackson Heights Church of Christ, 1200 Nashville Highway, Columbia, TN 38401. Condolences may be extended online by way of: www.oakesandnichols.com.