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Francis Stewart Saunders

January 4, 1918 January 8, 2013
Francis Stewart Saunders
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Obituary for Francis Stewart Saunders

Francis Stewart Saunders, 95, of Plymouth died Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at his residence in Plymouth. Born January 4, 1918 in Bertie County he was the son of the late Dr. Sheldon Asa Saunders and Myra Aumack Saunders. Stewart attended Oak Ridge Military Academy upon graduation from Aulander High School. He then continued his education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry. Post graduate dental studies were interrupted by the advent of war. Stewart graduated from the U.S. Naval Midshipmen's School at Notre Dame and served in the Pacific Theater of World War II as a Lieutenant JG. Stewart returned from the Navy to a successful career in the paper industry. He was blessed with over thirty years of retirement with his family, friends and former co-workers on the waters and back roads of northeast North Carolina. Grandchildren, quail hunting, golf, gardening, fishing, overseeing farm activities and Carolina basketball were consuming interests. He embraced a contemporary attitude and stayed forever young. His family includes his wife of 65 years, Meredith Latham Johnston Saunders of Plymouth, N.C.; daughter, Laura Saunders Vaughan and husband Emory of Cheriton, Va.; son, Robert Sheldon Saunders and wife Jeannine of Plymouth, N.C.; brother, Dr. J. Fred Saunders and wife Lois of Aulander, N.C.; grandchildren, John Robert Pharr, Jr. and wife Courtney of Virginia Beach, Va., Dr. Stewart Whit Pharr of San Antoino, TX, Ashley Saunders White and husband Gabriel of Washington, N.C., Robert Sheldon Saunders, Jr. of Plymouth, N.C. and his beloved Jack Russell terrier, Chip. Memorial service will be held Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11:00 am at Grace Episcopal Church, Plymouth. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 106 Madison Street, Plymouth, N.C. 27962 or charity of Choice. Family will receive friends at the residence. Arrangements are by Maitland Funeral Home, Plymouth.

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