Ormand Jason Sanders went to be with his Lord and Savior June 14, 2019. He was 89 years old. He was a Deacon and Song Leader at Richland Baptist Church early in his life and later at Kelso Baptist Church until he suffered a stroke February 14, 2019.
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He was preceded in death by his parents Fern H. Sanders and Lucy Green Sanders and a younger brother Don Sanders.
Ormand is survived by his wife of almost 69 years Emma Mae Sanders; a daughter Cheryl Arlene Files (husband Wayne), a son Ormand Randolph-known as Randy (wife Bonnie): their children John sanders and MaRanda Herring (husband Judd) and her twins Emory Rose and Lincoln Cole Herring. Also by older sister Nadine Lunsford (husband Milford).
Ormand shared a good long life with his wife Emma. He was a good honest man and will be missed.
Ormand and Emma were married on June 24, 1950. They lived out west of Kelso for a short time, before moving to McArthur where he farmed. He drove a school bus as they returned to school for their 11th grade studies. This was his last year in school. Ormand was a worker. He did a lot of different jobs, even some construction work in McGehee. Ormand was very intelligent and innovative, he was an avid reader (1000’s of books on iPad), self-educated, self-taught. He began farming in 1950. He started with a 35 Ferguson tractor and 2-row equipment moving up to 4 then 6, and 8-row before he retired in 1988. He and Emma sold their part of Sanders Farm, Inc. to his son Randy & wife Bonnie. They began traveling all over the country enjoying their time together. When Ormand farmed he was always looking for a better way. He modified equipment, or building something special.
In 1952 he irrigated cotton with a relift in the bayou at McArthur. He was among the first farmers to use herbicidal oil for weed control in cotton, building his own spray rig. He purchased a 1-row mechanical cotton picker in 1953.
By 1955 they were a family of four. They moved “out west” of Kelso. They began farming some land they had bought from Emma’s dad (PoPa) after his death. The land you see from Hwy 138 now. It had pot holes and willows growing around them. As Ormand was always improving, he chain sawed the willows or pulled them up with his 35 Ferguson. Ormand was a bit of a dreamer. When he was young, he worked hard and saw many of his dreams come true “Randy said” he truly believed you make your own luck.
In the late 1950’s and early 60’s Ormand had an irrigation well put down north of his house. He pulled a flume ditch down the ridge on that field and used siphon tubes to move the water to the furrows with homemade plywood gates to control the water level in the flume. He pulled the gearhead with a flat belt from the side of a D17 Alice Chalmers tractor. As young as Randy was, he remembers people saying that won’t work, just a waste of time. Cotton is a dry land crop. Ormand was a hard man sometimes, he was driven and, yes, did and said things he shouldn’t have, not perfect. His son believed him to be the most honest man that he has ever known.
Ormand and Randy did have something in common, they both loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing. Their favorite was squirrel hunting. They loved their families very much. Ormand and Randy liked chain sawing, blowing stumps with dynamite, and fire.
On February 13, 2019, Ormand had a stroke, he was having therapy about 4 weeks after, the nurse was wheeling him to speech therapy, Randy met him in the hallway. He held up his good arm and pointed and said barely understandable “This is my son”. That minute Randy felt his Dad was finally proud of me. The next day he had a major setback and barely spoke after that. No quality of life after that. Now he is at peace with his Lord and we will miss him very much.
Visitation 4-6 pm Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee, AR. Funeral Services will be held at 11 am Monday, June 17, 2019 at Kelso Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Starnes and Rev. Chuck Gladden officiating. Burial will follow at McArthur Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International, P. O. Box 13, McGehee, AR 71654 or to the Arkansas Baptist Childrens Home- Monticello, C/O Arkansas Baptist Convention, 10 Remington Dr. Little Rock, AR 72204.