Ewell Thomas Sanders, 88, of Gonzales, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 26. Ewell was born November 19, 1929 in Wesson County, Mississippi to Ewell Earl Sanders and Minnie Lee Langford Sanders. Ewell was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Gonzales. Ewell married Cordelia Rae Cuvelier on Oct. 18, 1957, in Gonzales. Cordelia passed away on Jan. 23, 2000. Ewell married Wanda June Hanks Lamprecht on Sept. 6, 2006, in Gonzales.
Ewell grew up in Mississippi enduring the hardships of the great depression and the fears of World War II. He enjoyed hunting squirrels and rabbits in the woods of Mississippi as a young lad. He joined the U.S. Army a midst the Korean War where he developed his skills as a mechanic. Post war he worked with explosives as a seismograph technician for the oil field. Ewell went to work for Southern Clay as a mechanic where he worked for ten years before going to work as a mechanic for the GISD Transportation Department. In 1976, Ewell opened Sander’s Garage specializing in diesel engine repair and maintenance. Ewell retired not long after Cordelia passed away.
Ewell enjoyed deer hunting and especially enjoyed salt water fishing. He always looked forward to family trips to Mississippi to visit his kinfolk. He dearly loved working in his vegetable garden and relished in the privilege of giving his fresh grown produce away to friends and neighbors even more. He was a fair but firm father and was deliberate in sharing his Christian faith with his family. Ewell took time to teach his children to shoot, hunt, and fish. He led by example in his faith and work ethic. He was a loving and giving man and oftentimes shared the fruits of his labor with others and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Other than family, his greatest joy was in eating vanilla ice cream, especially Blue Bell, as he was known to singlehandedly consume a whole gallon in only one sitting.
Ewell Thomas Sanders is survived by his loving family, wife, Wanda June Hanks Lamprecht of Gonzales, daughter, Cindy Sanders Kirk and fiancé Homer Tompkins of San Antonio, son, Michael Keith Sanders and girlfriend Patty McNabb of Gonzales, sister, Nita Sanders 20Gazaway of Jackson, MS, grandchildren, Marcy Kirk, Shannon Amick (Chevis), Ryan Kirk, Dillon Kirk and Madeline Sanders. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Cordelia Sanders, parents, Ewell Earl Sanders and Minnie Lee Langford Sanders, sisters, Ethel and Ruby, and brothers, Harris, Carl, and Herman.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, in the First Baptist Church of Gonzales with Dr. Chris Irving officiating. Interment will follow in Hermann Sons Cemetery. Pallbearers: Scott Cuvelier, Greg Low, Will Lamprecht, Paul Thomas Tharp, Jimbo Lamprecht, and Glenn Blundell. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Friday afternoon at the First Baptist Church prior to the funeral service. Memorials may be made either to the First Baptist Church of Gonzales or one’s preferred charity. Friends may leave their condolences at www.seydlerhillfuneralhome.com. Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.