On Monday, April 11th, 2022, in the comfort of his daughter Carolyn’s home, Mr. James Martin “Junior” Sanger, entered peacefully into eternal rest at the age of 94.
Known affectionately as “Junior” all his life, James Martin Sanger was born on January 28th, 1928 at Cranberry. The first of seven children, his parents were James M. and Anna Mae Stewart Sanger Sr., his brother Charles and sister, Margaret Ann Sanger have preceded him in death. Jr. is the fond brother of Bob Gene (Betty) Sanger, Gloria Hale (Bill), Anna Lee Mann (Jim), and Brenda Cason (Sam). A large extended family of nieces and nephews survive.
Jr. spent his childhood at Cranberry, Callaway Heights, and Crab Orchard. He was a lifelong resident of Raleigh County. After high school, he went to work in the mining industry at Crab Orchard, Gulf Mining, retiring from Bonnie Mines as a mine foreman with 22 years of service.
Jr. Sanger will be remembered as a Christian Gentleman. He was a member of the Church of God Family Worship Center where he served as the church clerk. A charter member of the Faith Community Church on Grey Flats Road, Jr. was an active supporter of missions, local and overseas. Jr. went on a mission trip to Ecuador with the Church of God Ministries.
Jr. and his wife, “Dena” were long-time residents of Hull Street. Vivian “Dena” Taylor Sanger died in 2012. In later years as he neared his 90's Jr. made his home with his daughter, Carolyn in Crab Orchard.
In addition to his siblings, those left to cherish his memory are his devoted children, Carolyn Carter, John Martin Sanger (Maureen), and Sandra Kay Crandall (Roger). He leaves Dena’s children, David Lee (Mary), Karen Nix (David) and Kathy Lee. He was the proud grandfather of Donnie, Sonya, Dawn, Claire, Michael, Jonpeter, Antonia, and Grace and the great-grandfather of Anna and Elijah.
Junior leaves his church family as well.
The funeral will be Friday, April 15th at 11:00 am in the Faith Community Church. Pastors, John M. Sanger, Jason Lowe, and Sam Peterson will be officiating. There will be a private burial at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity. The family will be receiving friends at 10:00 am on Friday morning. In lieu of flowers donations of sympathy can be made to the Building Fund of the Faith Community Church, 299 Grey Flats Road, Beckley, WV 25801