Tom was born in Elkins and except for the years he was in Morgantown and Montgomery, WV, the rest of his life he lived and worked in this community.

Surviving are his immediate family: wife of 52 1/2 years, Sandra Erickson Sanders, his terrific son, Gregory Allen Sanders and wonderful daughter, Stephanie Ida Sanders Millard, a great daughter-in-law, Karin Joan Looney-Sanders and six amazing and exceptional grandchildren: Mara, Ivan, Sage and Rane Looney-Sanders of Elkins and Dylan and Madeline Millard of Jim Thorpe, Pa.

Also surviving, his brother, Charles (Chuck) Sanders and wife, Christina Butch Sanders and two sisters, Dianne Sanders DeMotto and Cynthia Sanders all of Elkins. Surviving nephews and nieces include Lee Sanders, Angela Demotto Hart, Tara Sanders Shaver, Kristin Sanders Mahoney, all of Elkins, and Brian Carter (Charleston, WV) and Jeremy Demotto (S. Korea).

His uncle, Jack Basil, and cousins, Brad Basil, Dorothy Erickson, Evelyn Erickson Lange, Carl (Shorty) Erickson, all of Elkins and Rev. Lloyd Martin Basil (Clarksburg), George (Butch) Erickson (Tennessee), Thomas Lobb (Wheeling), James Lobb (Kingwood), Julia Lobb Hare (Morgantown), Richard Sanders (PA), Linda Sanders Williams (VA) and Patricia Sanders Ruoff (OH) also survive Tom.

Deceased family members include his mother and father, Lois Lobb Sanders and Sherwood J. (Bud) Sanders, maternal grandparents, Thomas V. and Urania Walker Lobb and paternal grandparents, Nora Fallen Sanders and Lloyd Sanders, his brother, Bradley (Brad) Sanders, sister-in-law Roma Sanders, his nephew, Christopher (Chris) Sanders, and his aunts, Evelyn Lobb Parsons, Eleanor Lobb Erickson, and Dorothy Sanders Basil, and his cousin, James Parsons who all lived in Elkins; uncles, Edward (Buddy) Lobb (Kingwood), Charles Sanders (Ohio and Florida), Gerald Sanders (Fredericksburg, VA), and cousins Donald Parsons, (VA) and Pamela Lobb Peddicord of Kingwood.

Tom enjoyed his main employment with the USDA Forest Service, Monongahela National Forest in Elkins and retired in 2001 after 34 years. He spoke highly of the people in the Forest Service and the Construction and Logging Industries that he worked with through those years.

He received numerous commendations for his work during his years with the Forest Service and volunteered to fight forest fires in different locations of the US when he could. After retirement, he continued to work, designing bridges and consulting and supervising on Federal Projects for Minority Contractors that included work on historic buildings in Harpers Ferry, WV. He also worked for WV DOH from 1964-67 and 2009-11, in the coal mines for his Uncle Buddy in 1960-61 and for his Dad at Sanders Esso Service Station in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. In his youth, he mowed and raked lawns, had a paper route and worked in hay fields.

Tom loved to fish, hunt, camp, stay busy, laugh, joke, tease, and later in life, travel. He enjoyed the Gulf Ocean, his horses, dogs and as he aged, cats (?). He always strived to do his very best work in all phases of his life and was a wonderful, caring husband and father. Tom and his friends who went thru the Elkins Schools together had great humorous stories they would share about those “Glory Days” – the fun and adventures of youth. They were wonderful memories for Tom.

He has had special friendships from childhood that carried thru the years and these were life affirming. The friends he made along the way as an adult were very special and important to him.

Tom was a Christian and attended First Baptist Church as a young boy and then St. Brendan’s Catholic Church. He attended Third Ward Elementary, St. Brendan’s Catholic School, EJHS and graduated in 1959 from EHS.

There will be a Memorial Service to celebrate Tom’s life for all family and friends and the place and date will be announced as soon as possible. In lieu of flowers, if you would like, make a contribution in Tom’s name to a charity of your choice.

The Randolph Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements for Thomas “Tom” Joseph Sanders. Send online condolences to the family at