The Obituary

Vaughn Ray Sanders, Jr. was born July 6, 1976 in St. Louis, MO. He graduated from Hazelwood Central High School and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he became an esteemed member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Later he also receivied his Masters degree in Information Systems Management and would go on to work in the Cyber Security field.

He is survived by his loving wife Elisabeth (Libby), who he met while at Mizzou and their two children Jonah and Jamiah. He is also survived by his parents Vaughn Sr. and Ann, brother Ray Sanders, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Even though Vaughn was quiet and kept to himself, his undying love for his family and friends was evident. He took his role as husband and father seriously and would do whatever was required to provide encouragement as well as physical and emotional support. He was known for his unexpected quick wit and dry humor.

One of the things Vaughn was most proud of was the opportunity he had in being a father to Jonah and Jamiah. As most fathers, he wanted his children to have more advantages and opportunities than he had. Vaughn prayed diligently that they would know the Lord, trust in Him and use their gifts for his glory. Vaughn also cherished the relationship he had with Libby and was grateful for their years of marriage & friendship.

Above all, Vaughn accepted his call to Gospel Ministry in December of 2015. Once he submitted himself to this lofty call he had finally realized his true purpose in life. He experienced a new found energy and excitement as he filled the pulpit and cared for the people of God. As much as he loved and cared for his family, it was his love of the Lord that drove him daily.

I hope nobody had a heart attack reading this. I'm am alive and well. Why would I write my own obituary?

Years ago I read the popular book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey.

Habit #2 is Begin with the End in Mind

Covey suggests that we begin each day, task or project with a clear vision of what your desired outcome will be. I figured if it would help in tasks and projects, how much more would it make a difference in life as a whole.

When I leave this world, what do I want to be said about me? What is the legacy that I want to leave?

My personal mission statement is to live life on purpose and have a positive impact on the world and everyone that I encounter. Each day I get out of bed, I am literally creating my legacy. Moment by moment people are seeing my testimony and get a view into my character. By my words and actions people will see first hand if I truly believe what I profess to. Do I walk the walk or just talk the talk?

I'm grateful to all my friends and family for the love and support. As I celebrate another birthday I hope that I continue to be intentional about letting you all know how much I love each of you and how much you mean to me. 


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