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Obituary: Charles L. "Boy" Sanders Jr., Columbus

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Charles L. "Boy" Sanders Jr., 70, of Patterson Street, passed away on Monday, February 24, 2014, at his home, with family and friends at his side.

Charlie was born December 30, 1943, in Columbus, to the late Charles L. and Betty J. Knotts Sanders. He grew up in Columbus with his brothers, Arthur "Cork," Danny, and Jack, and sisters, Sharon, Mary "Pug," and Sandy. Charlie married his wife of 50 years, Barbara J. England Sanders, March 22, 1963. They raised four children, Diane, Tony, Jack, and Danny, in Columbus.

He retired from Reliance Electric in 2001. His grandchildren always knew they could find "Papaw" out in the garage with his friends and neighbors, taking care of the pop machine. Charlie was a NASCAR fan, and he liked to watch old westerns. He was honest and kind, and during his battle with cancer he was always worried about others more than himself and seldom complained. He is at peace now with his daughter, Diane.

A funeral service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with Pastor Larry Fields officiating. Family and friends may call from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:00 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Online condolences may be sent to the Sanders family and a video tribute may be viewed at

Charlie is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, Tony (Dee Dee) Sanders of Columbus, Jack (Patsy) Sanders of Destin, Florida, and Danny (Sarah) Sanders of Columbus; 12 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brothers, Arthur (Ann) Sanders of Seymour and Danny Sanders of Columbus; and sisters, Sharon (Wayne) Fields of Columbus, and Mary Jones of Brown County.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Diane Smith; a grandson, Zack Barnsfather; a brother, Jack Sanders; and a sister, Sandy Olson.

Charlie was a caring husband and loyal friend, brother, uncle, father, and grandfather. We will miss him very much.

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