Arbadella Davis Sanders, known to many as Della, 84 of Bailey, passed away peacefully at home and went to her eternal home on Sunday, February 20, 2022.
The family will receive visitors in The Family Ministry Center at Bailey United Methodist Church, 12437 Green Street, Bailey, on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, from 1:00 pm until 1:50 pm. A Celebration of Life Service will begin at 2:00 pm in the Church Sanctuary with burial following in the Sanders Family Cemetery, located at 9684 Pace Road, Bailey. Reverends Dr. Michael Coppock and Dr. Branson Sheets, III will officiate.
She was born on March 20, 1937, to Maggie Glover Davis and Stanley Davis as the oldest of her siblings. As a young child she went to live with her grandmother, Addie Davis, who instilled the values of hard work, preparing for the future, and love of family.
Della was an active member of the Bailey United Methodist Church until her declining health for over 50 years. She was a children’s Sunday School teacher, youth choir director, sang in the choir each Sunday, was a member of the Betsy Bissette Circle and served in several other positions within the Church. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Women’s Club and Virginia Dare Book Club.
She faced many adversities in life with the near death of her son as a child, caring for her husband at home in his final years battling Parkinson’s Disease until his death, the tragic loss of her son in 2007, the loss of her home in 2011 to a fire in which she lost everything and the loss off her dearly beloved brother, Harold. She met each of these challenges she faced with strength, determination and her faith in God to overcome.
She is survived by her daughter Lori Sanders Tyson and husband, Charles; two grandchildren, Amanda Sanders Bass and husband, Joey and Matthew Lee Sanders and wife, Brooke; former daughter in law, Rhonda Thompson and her sweet little dog, Precious.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fitzhugh Lee Sanders; son, Nemeth F. Sanders; parents, Stanley and Maggie Davis; brothers, Harold and Danny Kaye Davis and sister, Elizabeth “Larue” Mims.
The family would like to express their gratitude to her friends and Church family for their love and support during her illness for all the prayers, visits, cards, food, calls, flowers and all the other acts of kindness which she was very thankful for.
Flowers are welcome, as well as memorials made in Della’s name to the Bailey United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 218, Bailey, North Carolina, 27807.
Condolences directed to Joyner’s Funeral Home and Crematory at www.joyners.net.