Johnnie “Wayne” Sanders, 91, died Friday, December 31, 2021, in Amarillo, Texas.
A service will be held at 4 pm Friday, January 7, 2022, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Wayne was born October 19, 1930, in Mayfield, Oklahoma to Harvey William and Argie Charlene Sanders.
Wayne was married to Shirley Downs for sixty-six years and fourteen days.
He graduated from New Liberty High School in Oklahoma.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. After four years of service, he was honorably discharged.
Wayne received an Associate of Arts from Sayre Junior College and later attended Amarillo College’s Radio and TV school.
He worked for Santa Fe Railway for 22 ½ years. He had worked in Amarillo and was transferred to Chicago in 1977. After retiring from Santa Fe Railway, he became owner and operator of Meineke Discount Mufflers for 19 ½ years.
He lived an active life centered around his family and friends. Wayne loved the Lord, the military, and the United States of America.
During his younger adult years, he coached sports at the Maverick Boys Club. Wayne was an active member of Buffalo Flying Club, where he proudly served with Angel Flight. At the age of 72, he started square dancing, he remained dancing up to the age of 89.
He was honored by the American Association of Blood Banks for noble generosity to the ill and injured over many years through the unselfish donation of over 15 gallons of blood.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jerry, sister-in-law Carolyn, and stepmother Nanie Lou Sanders.
He is survived by his wife Shirley of Amarillo, Texas; his daughter Teresa Taylor and husband Steve of Temple, Texas; son Randall Sanders and wife Sandy of Howardwick, Texas; son Tony Sanders and wife Mary of Amarillo, Texas. He also has nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one great-great-grandchild; and his brother-in-law Glen Downs and wife Claudette, and a host of family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donate to Wayne’s favorite charities: Leukemia Foundation or Angel Flight, or your choice of charity.