Arthur Guy (A.G., Tappy) Sanders
Arthur Guy Sanders was born on March 25, 1940 in Titus County, Mt. Pleasant, Texas in area referred to as Green Hill. He left this world on March 22, 2020 surrounded by family. During his final days, he stated that “79 is just about enough don’t you think?”. He never cared for his given name but here are a few names he was fond of being called:
His mother, Atlas Jewell (Thompson), often called him “poor lil’ feller”. Along with his siblings (Myrtle, Carl, James, Jean, Nell and Margie), they were indeed poor; growing up on his father Guy’s small farm with no electricity, no indoor plumbing, and never seeing a doctor except for when he broke his leg falling off a tractor.
As “Private” Sanders, he proudly served in the US Army and was stationed at Ft Chaffee, Heidelberg, Germany and at missile sites in Chicago. He met his beloved wife of 57 years, Glenda (Satterfield), in Texarkana marrying in 1963.
His fellow railroad workers knew him simply as “A.G”. He worked 30+ years as a Switchman with the T&P/Union Pacific railroad. He often referred to the RR as his dream job (up until they added computers!). A.G. and Glenda lived in Longview raising 2 daughters, Pamela (Bill Reynolds) and Paula (Chris Haney) before moving to Hallsville. He raised cattle and gardened outside of work. After retiring in 2002, Glenda and A.G. settled in Atlanta, Texas near his sister Jean (Leonard) Schales and made many dear friends.
To his family and neighbors, he has always been known as “Tappy”. Tappy enjoyed life choosing to be happy and cheerful even when suffering shingles and cancer. He had a tendency to be mischievous and had sharp temper that was quick to subside. He loved to be outside growing plants and flowers, building and creating things, helping neighbors and sketching nature.
His pride and joy were his four granddaughters who know him always as “PawPaw”. Lauren (Micah) Valdez, Grace Reynolds, Emma Reynolds and Lillian Haney have great memories of their adventures with PawPaw: riding 4 wheelers, playing in his tree house, visiting the cows and exploring the fields. When visiting, they were often told to stay out of trouble – even if it was PawPaw’s idea!
Jesus knows him as his faithful servant. Tappy did not feel comfortable in Church but read and studied his bible daily and worshiped his Lord at home. Tappy will be reunited with loved ones including his close brother Carl, his beloved sister-in-law Pat Sanders, brother-in-law Leonard Schales, sister Myrtle Shurbert, niece June Dowty, many railroad men and honorary grandson Hunter Watkins.
He is survived by his wife, daughters, sons-in-love, granddaughters, brother (James), sisters (Jean Schales, Gracie Nell Smith and Margie Silva), sisters-in-laws (Barbara (Jimmy) Mewborn and Arvadell (Gary) Lynn) and numerous nieces/nephews.
Please remember Tappy by following his example: Enjoy each day, choose to be happy regardless of your situation, be kind to one another, have some fun, laugh, get into some mischief, help a neighbor, and get outside and plant something.
His family would like to send love and thanks to his dear friends, BJ and Norma Melton, for all their help and support. No service will take place, but a future party will be announced to celebrate his life.