Mr. Newland Pitts Saunders 89, of Lenoir, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care Robbins Center in Hudson, NC after an extended stay at the Community Living Center at the Veterans Administration Hospital Facility in Asheville, NC. Newland was born November 18, 1922 in Lenoir to the late Marshall Fritz Saunders and Mattie Bryant Saunders He attended Lenoir High School. From 1942 to 1944 he worked in the shipyards in Wilmington, NC. In 1944 he joined the United States Navy. Fireman 1st Class Saunders was assigned to the LST-828 and saw plenty of action in the Pacific. Five of Newland's six brothers also served in the US Navy during World War II.
From 1948 until his retirement, Newland worked as a knitter in Lenoir and Connie Lee Hosiery mills. For over 60 years, Newland attended Fairview Presbyterian Church and loved singing gospel songs. Every year he planted a garden to share with friends and neighbors. Newland was an avid hunter and a master fisherman. He tied his own flies and created the Sheep Fly which caught many trout.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Kathleen Puett Saunders, his brothers; Charlie, Ed, Marvin, Fred, Hadley and Cecil and his sisters; Avalee and Jean. Survivors include his daughter; Brenda Kay Saunders of Hickory, sister Lowell Miller of Ashburn VA, Sisters-in-law; Era Puett Courtney and Edith Laws and many wonderful nephews and nieces.
Services for Mr. Saunders will be held Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 3o'clock pm at Pendry's Funeral Home with the Reverend Edyth Puitt officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2 o'clock until 3 o'clock prior to the service.
Serving as pallbearers will be Gary Saunders, Zeb Saunders, Jerry Saunders, Tim Sanders, Chris Miller and Brian Miller.
Memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care at 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC 28645 or to Fairview Presbyterian Church, P O Box 2460 Lenoir, NC 28645.
Pendry's Funeral Home & Crematory of Lenoir, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.