Fallen Hero: SSG(Ret) William Dion Sanders


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A memorial service will be held at Wood Springs Baptist Church and Cemetery in Eupora, Mississippi. at a date in the future.


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation. 

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on December 22, 2021, and moved on to his heavenly home. SSG(Ret) William Dion Sanders, age 52, a retired member of the MS Army  National Guard who had served within the US Navy, 02d Public Affairs Detachment (PAD), and worked full-time within the JFH IT has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.  Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done.  Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Obituary, visitation, and service details:

William Dion Sanders, 54, passed away on December 23, 2021, at his home in Irving, Texas. He was born March 30, 1967, in Eupora, Mississippi, to Thalia (Box) Sanders and William Howell Sanders, both of Choctaw County, Mississippi. When he was two years old, they moved to Columbus, MS, where they lived for nine years before moving to the Jackson, Mississippi, area. He graduated from Clinton High School, MS, followed by further education in the U. S. Navy, where he specialized in electronics. Dion served on the U. S. S. Forrestal and was deployed in the Persian Gulf during the invasion of Iraq. During this tour, he was honored to serve on the security team for President George W. Bush during President Bush’s visit to the area. He left the Navy with an honorable discharge after six years and continued his interest in electronics working as a lead technician in the audio-video industry traveling around the United States and as far as Ireland.

Dion was preceded in death by his father, William Howell Sanders. He is survived by his mother, Thalia (Box) Sanders-Neal, and her husband Wendell Neal, Brandon, MS; son, Philip Sanders and wife Haley, Brandon, MS; son, Zachary Sanders and wife Sally, Madison, MS; son, Devon Sanders and wife Katelynn, Clinton, MS; sister, Diedre (Sanders) Lott, Mathiston, MS; aunt, Pattie Mendoza and husband Faustino, Grenada, MS; and uncle, Robert Lee Box and wife Jan, Starkville, MS.

A memorial service will be held at Wood Springs Baptist Church and Cemetery in Eupora, Mississippi. Please check back to this page to learn of the time, day and date once the arrangements are confirmed.

Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to Wood Springs Baptist Church, 7800 Chester Tomnolen Road, Eupora, MS 39744.