Funeral services for Elizabeth (Honey) Sanders, 90, will be held 11 a.m.,  Saturday, May 13 at New Haven Missionary Baptist Church.

Funeral services for Elizabeth (Honey) Sanders, 90, will be held 11 a.m.,  Saturday, May 13 at New Haven Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Rodney D. Corbin will officiate.

Visitation will be Saturday, May 13 from 10 to 11 a.m. at New Haven Missionary Baptist Church. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. 

Elizabeth (Honey) Sanders was born July 26, 1926 in Oneida to Louis and Rachel Stamps. Elizabeth was the youngest of four siblings, (Peter, Melvin, and Iola) who preceded her in death.  Elizabeth departed this earthly life peacefully on Friday, May 5, 2017.

Elizabeth attended Oneida High School.  She was employed as a seamstress at Bobby Brooks clothing factory where she worked for approximately 30 years. 

She was married to Sammie Sanders until his death in June 1990.  Elizabeth had five children (Vernis, Clarence and Doris, who preceded her in death) and Betty and Linda.  She was also the stepmother of three, Maggie, Annie and Sallie.

Elizabeth confessed her faith in Christ at an early age and joined True Vine Baptist Church in Helena-West Helena as a young adult.  

She had a passion for music and became the director of the sanctuary choir for more than 20 years.  Because Elizabeth was dedicated to bringing new music to the choir, she attended various classes and director’s conventions.  She was also a Sunday School teacher and member of the mission committee.

After many years of service at True Vine Baptist Church, Elizabeth became one of the founding members of New Haven Baptist Church.  She was a student of the Bible.  She enjoyed reading God’s Word and sharing what she learned with all she met.  

She served on the building committee, mother board, and finance committee and mentored and nurtured many young children who often referred to her as “grandma.”  Although she mentored many young people, she had a special connection with Christopher Franklin, who is lovingly known as "Foe Foe.”  

Overall, Elizabeth served in any capacity that was needed at the time.  Elizabeth remained an active member at New Haven Baptist Church until her health began to fail and she relocated to Matteson, Illinois.

Elizabeth was a faithful Christian.  After moving, she joined New Faith Baptist Church.


Elizabeth enjoyed cooking, fishing and serving in the community (Women’s Club, Christmas Club).  She enjoyed sharing meals and spending time with her close friends. 

She leaves to cherish her memory, daughters, Betty and Linda; a son-in -law Charles (Larry) Bowden; stepdaughters, Maggie, Annie and Sallie; 11 grandchildren; Vivian, Cassandra (John), Charles, Courtney (Tina), Darvis/Shane, Carrie (Melanie), Cory (Angela), Pete, Joy, Timothy (Sophia), Joshua and Mariah; 10 great-grandchildren; Brittany, John (Jay), Kiera, Noah,  Dante, Christian, Chemille, Sydney, Elizabeth, Erika Mason, and Essence; nephews, Frank (Vera), Jessie Jr. (Susie); nieces, Gladys and Gloria; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

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