Dr. Richard Morgan Sanders, Sr., died at his home in Kaufman, TX, on July 2, 2017 at the age of 87. He was born in Kerens, TX, May 27, 1930 to Gurley H. Sanders and Bessie Coates Sanders. He graduated from Kerens High School in 1947, attended the University of North Texas, and graduated from Baylor Dental School. On June 13, 1953, he married Wanda Ann Westbrook in Blooming Grove, TX.
After graduating from dental school, he served two years in the Army Dental Corps. In 1957 he moved to Kaufman where he practiced dentistry for the next 38 years until his retirement in 1995. For several years during this period, he was Kaufman's only dentist.
Sanders was a loyal member of the First United Methodist Church of Kaufman for 60 years. He served in many areas of the church. He was particularly active in Methodist Men and especially loved singing in the choir. Richard and Wanda were among the founding members of the Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class that they attended.
He was preceded in death by his parents, by his brother Ivan Terry Sanders, and by his grandson Travis Morgan Sanders. He is survived by Wanda, his wife of 64 years, three children: daughter and son-in-law Kimberly Ann and Donny Scott of Blooming Grove, TX, sons and daughters-in-law Richard Morgan Jr and Regina Sanders of Lawrence, KS and Justin Marshall and Deirdre Sanders of Mobile, AL; one granddaughter Rebecca Allison Carnagie (Brent); and three greatgrandchildren, Houstyn Monroe Carnagie, Myric Levi Carnagie, and Lane Morgan Carnagie all of Eudora, KS.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church of Kaufman.