Before her death last November, Liz Sanders devoted her life to serving her friends and neighbors in Saltillo as an alderman and as vice mayor.
Sanders tried to make life better for those around her, whether in the city or at work. She is missed by her friends throughout Lee County, yet most of all she’s missed by her family.
Her nephew, Dennis Pate, wrote a poem honoring his aunt, entitled “Heaven Needs Angels.” It was submitted to Lee County Neighbors by Jossie Pate, Liz’s mother and Dennis’ grandmother.
Jossie Pate said her nephew visited Liz in the hospital often. She added the poem is one way the family is remembering Sanders, who would have celebrated her 58th birthday this Sunday.
“Heaven Needs Angels”
My heart is heavy and my spirits are low,
As I watch one so dear to Heaven go.
I wonder why, when, what the family was to do,
Because she had been the one to hold them together like glue.
Then with a thought, a smile came over my face,
She hadn’t died; she had just finished the race.
She had showed courage, mercy, faith and a willingness to live,
But she grew weary and tired and fought until she had no more to give.
She loved her husband who stood by her so true,
I am proud to say that Jim is my uncle, too.
Roger and Glen were the apples of her eye,
If they remember her wisdom they won’t have to ask why?
She was proud of her two girls that she grew to love,
And she can now protect her grandbabies from above.
She always was alive with good humor and cheer,
That is why the pain is so great to lose someone so dear.
She was only human and I’m sure her faults were many,
But for the life of me, right now, I can’t think of any.
She would be the first to tell you, “Don’t shed any tears for me.”
Yes, right now, if she could see us,
She would tell you she’s happy to be with Jesus.
Yes, we will shed tears, and our hearts will be heavy with pain,
But she would also tell you there is so much gain.
I wonder what can I do to honor her name.
I think she would say live your life for Jesus,
Serve your fellow man, and you will win in life’s game.
As I was writing, I laughed at the thought and had to stop,
Because now she is able to do the Tomahawk Chop.
As I stop writing, I can hear singing in my ear.
It’s Ma and Pa and Liz singing about a land so far, but really so near.
And on the front row listening are two brothers and a father, which to her are so dear.
Yes, we are gonna miss her as well we should.
But I didn’t write this to make anyone sad or blue
Just to remind everyone God needs Angels, too.
Lee Countians in state, NCAA playoffs
Basketball fans from Lee County will watch the Mooreville High boys make a bid for the Class 2A championship when the Troopers play Thursday in the state tournament in Jackson.
Mooreville plays Piney Woods, the reigning 2A state champ, in Thursday’s 3 p.m. state semifinal in the Mississippi Coliseum. If the Troopers win, they will play at 8:30 p.m. Saturday for the championship.
The Troopers aren’t the only Lee Countians still alive in postseason basketball action. A pair of former Tupelo High School standouts will be playing in the NCAA Division I Women’s national tournament starting next week.
Sonia White led Austin Peay to a 69-60 win Monday over Middle Tennessee State in the Ohio Valley Conference finals in Nashville. The win gave White, a senior guard, and her team an automatic bid into the tournament.
Ex-Lady Wave center Tamika Whitmore is gearing up for the Memphis Lady Tigers’ NCAA tournament run. Whitmore, a freshman, scored 16 points and grabbed team-high 14 rebounds Sunday as Memphis clinched a playoff berth by beating beat DePaul 93-87 in the Conference USA finals.
Seeking club news
As our club reporter, Faye Moreland, continues her recovery in the hospital, Lee County Neighbors is asking for assistance from the county’s civic and social clubs.
If a club or organization has news that might be of interest to our readers, you can mail it to Lee County Neighbors, P.O. Box 909, Tupelo, MS 38802-0909 or fax it by dialing 842-2233. Or, you can drop it by the Daily Journal office at 1655 South Green Street in Tupelo.
Lee County Neighbors is adding two new correspondents to its lineup this month. They’re not exactly “hometown” reporters, but they will be writing about events and activities that involve many of us in Lee County.
Next week, Carolyn Jamison will debut as a church news columnist. Jamison is active as corresponding secretary for the the Women’s Aglow Fellowship and is involved with other community and church activities.
If you have any news about your church activities, send it to Carolyn Jamison, 112 Meadow Drive, Tupelo, MS 38801 or drop it by the Daily Journal office at 1655 South Green Street.
Beginning March 20, Sha Brooks will write a column on the many activities taking place at the Tupelo Department of Parks and Recreation. Brooks, the department’s special services director, will keep us informed on the events handled through Park and Rec.
Their columns will appear in Neighbors every two weeks.
While on the subject of community news, Lee County Neighbors is still looking people who would like to write about the news in their town, community or neighborhood.
If you would like to become a hometown correspondent, or you know someone who would make a good one, please give me a call at 842-2612 or 678-1600 for more information.