Kappa Alpha Psi Obituary


Edward Lawrence Sanders has a distinguished record as an educator, musician, administrator, and finance director. He received his B.A. degree from Southern University and A & M College, and an M.A. degree from Loyola University New Orleans. Edward was a Deacon at Greater Saint Stephen FGBC for more than four decades. Additionally, he was the Administrator & Director of Finance for Greater Saint Stephen FGBC for two and one-half decades. Deacon Sanders was a Transportation Officer and Vietnam War Veteran of the United States Army. Deacon Sanders was a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi having been duly initiated into the Southern University and A&M College Chapter, the Alpha Sigma of Kappa Alpha Psi® on April 11, 1953. Deacon Sanders has been a member of Kappa Alpha Psi® for seven decades. He was a tireless worker inside of KAPPA, having served locally as Vice Polemarch during the Super 60th Grand Chapter Meeting of Kappa Alpha Psi® in the City of New Orleans in 1976; locally as Sunday of Hope Chairman, Guide Right Committee, Nominating Committee and as a member of the Souvenir Journal Committee for 82nd Grand Chapter Meeting in the City of New Orleans in 2015. Mr. and Mrs. Edward L Sanders have been married for over six decades. Mr. Sanders is survived by his wife Shirley Felton Sanders and daughter, Nicole (D’Meekco) Hughes. He is also survived by his 5 granddaughters, a host of relatives & caring friends. Preceded in death by Clarence (Winifred) Sanders. A Celebration of His Life will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2023, for 11:00 a.m. at Greater St. Stephen FGBC, 5600 Read Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70127. Visitation at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, New Orleans, LA. Online guestbook: www.anewtraditionbegins.com, (504) 282-0600. Donavin D. Boyd and Linear Brooks Boyd Owners/Funeral Directors.

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Published by The Times-Picayune on May 12, 2023.
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Even though I couldn’t play a lick of music, it never stopped you from being a great teacher, role model and mentor. You commanded respect by simply just being yourself. The world is a lot less good with you not being here. Thanks for everything. Gary Bolton c/o 86. Frederick Bolton c/o 84.

Gary Bolton
May 13, 2023

Offering prayers of comfort and sending my deepest condolences to the family. Mr. Sanders ignited a different love of music into his students and I will for ever be grateful for that.

Joan Dabon
May 13, 2023

RIP to my friend and colleague, Edward Sanders, former music teacher and band leader at John McDonogh High School. He led one of the region’s best marching bands. Now he can teach the Big Mac Attack to the angels! – Ken Ducote

Kenneth J. Ducote
May 13, 2023
Ed. was a true friend and a great Band Director.
Wellington Mc Kissick Sr.
May 13, 2023

To the Sanders Family,
Mr. Sanders did so much for so many of us during our High School days at John McDonogh. Always a gentleman and a great leader. This is a tremendous loss for the Trojan Family. Mr. Sanders was a gift from God, we thank you for sharing him with us for so many wonderful and Blessed years. We will continue to keep your family in our prayers. To God Be The Glory for the things He has done. Thank you God for giving us the perfect and precious gift. Mr. Sanders.

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Sherry Cormier Ramee
May 12, 2023

Shirley(Sis), you and Ed have been true friends throughout our adult lives, He’s gone but not forgotten. My love goes out to you, Nicole and family.

Shirley Gimblin (Sis) and family
May 12, 2023

Kappa Alpha Psi Obituary

” Be at the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment ready to function”. Those were the words of Mr. Sanders to his band students. A loving and caring Band Director, teacher and person. I had the opportunity of being the section leader in my Sophmore Year, Co Band Captain in my Junior Year and Band Captain in my Senior Year. Mr. Sanders also allowed me the opportunity to direct the band at my Graduation. Class of 1979. Also, he allowed me the opportunity to work with him a couple years following graduation. He loved teaching and instructing. There are so many memories that I just can’t expound on. I say to Mrs. Sanders, Nicole and the rest of the family, ” Time is filled with swift transition. Naught on earth unmoved can stand. Build your hopes on things eternal. Hope to God’s unchanging Hand. ” You are in me and my family prayers. Thank you for your Mr. Sanders with us.

John A. Smith, Sr.& Jamie H. Smith & Family (b.k.a.) The Music Man

John A. Smith, Sr.
May 12, 2023

Thank you Mr. Sanders;For creating and cultivating The John Mc Donogh Senior High School Band from 1969 til 1986. Your leadership and guidance helped to produce many fine musicians and even more fine citizens.God be with the family and you on your journey

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