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Patrick Anderson pic

Patrick John Anderson

01/15/2000 ~ 02/15/2019

Services will be held: 02/19/2019


Carolyn Prince Buffaloe

10/16/1937 ~ 02/15/2019

Services will be held: 02/20/2019


Jeanne Dupree Johnson

08/30/1934 ~ 02/16/2019

Services will be held: 02/23/2019

Lillian Barbour obit pic

Lillian Corvi Barbour

02/20/1928 ~ 02/12/2019

Services will be held: 02/16/2019

Fred Elliot pic

Fred “Freddy” Allen Elliott, Jr.

03/07/1962 ~ 02/12/2019

Services will be held: 02/16/2019

Midgette Obit Photo

Sherry Wilson Midgette

08/07/1949 ~ 02/12/2019

Services will be held: 02/15/2019

Shirley Clinger

Shirley Lee Clinger

03/28/1946 ~ 01/25/2019

Services will be held: 02/16/2019

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Janice Norris Sais

10/30/1943 ~ 02/11/2019

Services will be held: 02/15/2019

Emma Brady Sanders

Emma Sanders obit photo

7/12/1938 ~ 04/14/2018

Raleigh-Emma Brady Sanders, 79, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, April 14, 2018, while in the loving arms of her family at Wake Medical Center. She passed away suddenly from a severe head injury, after a fall due to unknown circumstances on April 12. Her strong devotion to her family, unwavering faith in God, and service to her Church and community will be greatly missed.

Emma was born on July 12, 1938 in Clayton, North Carolina to her loving parents Glenn an Agnes Brady. After graduating from Clayton High School and working as a secretary in Raleigh, she met the love of her life, Robert (Bob) E. Sanders. The couple was married on July 26, 1957 at Powhatan Free Will Baptist Church in Clayton. Over the years, Emma and Bob raised their two children, Robert and Sharon in Roanoke, Virginia and Winston-Salem, North Carolina before returning to Raleigh to be near family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Robert (Bob) E. Sanders; her son Robert E. Sanders, Jr and wife Chae Sanders and his children Bert, Michael, Elizabeth, Hannah, and Louis; her daughter Sharon Sanders Musselwhite and husband Robert Britt Musselwhite and their children Robert, Duncan, and Katie; her great grand-children Bradley, Emma, Anna, Ryan, and Joseph; and her siblings Kay Stokley; Glenda Moore and her husband Alfred; Edith Nelson; and Willie Brady and his wife Janet.

Throughout her life she maintained a close bond with her sisters, brothers and their children on both sides of her large and extended family. She had a sweet and simple spirit that won the trust and hearts of many. A woman of faith and the heart of her family, Emma shaped their spirituality by her tireless Christian example, and also through various Church prayer groups, bible study groups, children’s Sunday school and activities supporting our deployed troops. Over the past fifteen years the children at Christ Baptist have known Emma as the “Starburst Angel” as she greeted them each Sunday morning with a smile, a hug, and a Starburst candy.

The family will greet friends from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in the Christ Baptist Church gathering hall, 400 Newton Road, Raleigh, NC, followed by a “Celebration of Life” service. A private graveside service will be Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Maplewood Cemetery in Clayton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to “Angel Ministries”, 5115 Hollyridge Drive, #1A, Raleigh, NC or Christ Baptist Church.
Condolences may be made to bryan-leefuneralhome.com



6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Christ Baptist Church
400 Newton Road Raleigh, N.C.



7:30 PM

Christ Baptist Church
400 Newton Road Raleigh, N.C.


  1. Ronald and Judy Pounds

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Emma’s family. She was always so friendly and never failed to speak and tell us she loved us.

  2. Don Baise

    Bob, I need not say how much I and my family loved Emma. We all here in Winston Salem,
    especially at Calvary Baptist, will always remember Bob and Emma at all the different things
    happening there. I still have videos of many of those activities that we here will cherish for
    years to come. My children and yours on the trips at the beach were just plain great great!!
    Watching The basketball games and so many other great events we shared. June and Emma are together now having more fun and excitement than we can imagine!! God Bless you and the family!! Don Baise

  3. Shelby and Linda Stephenson

    Dear Bob and family,

    Linda and I send our love to you now. I enjoyed seeing Emma at the reunions and talking with her. The best of your love for each other, we shall carry now in our hearts.

    Love, Shelby and Linda Stephenson

  4. Betty Sorrell

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. I will continue praying for God to bless you and strengthen you each and every day. Such a dear sweet lady.
    Love, Betty Sorrell

  5. Betty Sorrell

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Such a sweet lady.
    Love, Betty Sorrell

  6. Pat Pierce

    Bless you, Bob, children, and all family during these days of giving up to our Lord your beloved wife and mother and friend of many.
    Pat Pierce

  7. S. Williamson

    Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of your dear loved one. I hope and pray that the God of comfort will strengthen you and your family during your time of sorrow. 2 Corinthians, Chapter 1,verse 3 “Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, “

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