David Harrell Sanderson
August 15, 1949 - December 3, 2022

David Harrell Sanderson, 73, passed away at home on Saturday December 03, 2022. He had been paralyzed and in a locked-in state since suffering a SAH/Stroke with complications in December, 2020. Before that he was rather a force of nature to all who knew him — working full time, riding his motorcycle every chance he had and providing after school care for his grandchildren in addition to his dedication to hearth and home. It was often a struggle to keep up with him.

We want to offer special thanks to the the many benefits and services that have helped us keep and care for him at home over the past two years including the folks at NHRMC Home Health, VA Home Based Primary Care and finally Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Hospice among others. He loved to make people laugh and we truly cherish this “bonus” time we had to keep and care for him.

David was born August 15, 1949 to Louis and Maggie (Baysden) Sanderson in New Bern, NC. He graduated from New Bern High School in 1968 then spent 4 years in the US Navy including a tour in Vietnam during the war. He loved baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, chevrolet, vanilla milkshakes, Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, classic cars and trucks, life, family and his many friends (not necessarily in that order). He retired from Corning, Inc. Wilmington, NC in 2021 after a 36 year career there.

David’s parents and brother, Thomas Sanderson of New Bern, NC preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Ginny Sanderson, Daughter, Tracy (Jeff) Sholders and Son, Benjamin (Lindsay) Sanderson all of Rocky Point, NC; Sisters, Lila Lamm of Chocowinity, NC, Judy Hadley of New Bern NC, and Cathrine Bell of Hampstead, NC. Also, grandchildren whom he adored and cherished, Benjamin and Skylar Sanderson, Joseph Sholders, Aryana Painter and Chase Sanderson . Cherished cousins, nieces and nephews are too many to be mentioned here, but you know who you are and that he loved you.

A gathering for family and friends to celebrate David’s life will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a charity of your choice.

Coastal Cremations 6 Jacksonville St., Wilmington NC 28403


  • Carol Clavin Posted December 6, 2022 7:00 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers

  • Billy Gurganus Posted December 6, 2022 7:17 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Rhonda and I loved him very much. We have and will always miss him terribly.

  • Robin Moulton Posted December 7, 2022 9:23 am

    Our deepest sympathy to Ginny and your entire family. Our first neighbors when we moved to Willmington. Such a wonderful family.

  • Bob and Terry Thornton Posted December 7, 2022 12:10 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Bob and I loved him. He was a fine man and a great friend. He will be missed

  • Gary and Kim moore Posted December 7, 2022 12:44 pm

    We will always remember the big smile and friendship he gave freely. The rides and laughs shared. Holding family and friends close in our prayers and hearts

  • Robert Pavlik Posted December 7, 2022 1:31 pm

    Terry and I sent our Deepest Sympathies and Condolences to all family and friends. May he Rest In Peace!!

  • Les Parris Posted December 7, 2022 5:37 pm

    My deepest condolences and prayers to his family. Dave was one of the good ones. God bless

  • David and Cindy Caster Posted December 8, 2022 8:33 am

    So sorry for your loss. He was a fantastic person in all ways. He was a very good friend to many. He will be greatly missed.

  • Laurie Hill Posted December 8, 2022 4:58 pm

    My deepest condolences and prayers to his family. David was a great friend and coworker.

  • John Maffetore Posted December 8, 2022 5:10 pm

    My condolences any prayers to David’s family.

  • Deb Reay Posted December 8, 2022 6:23 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. David was such a wonderful person to work with. He inspired me to be a better Associate. He was always kind and thoughtful. He will be missed

  • Pamela Wells Posted December 8, 2022 7:11 pm

    My condolences to you and your family. I worked with David for many years at Corning. He was a wonderful man. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  • Ginger Ebert Posted December 14, 2022 6:58 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about David’s passing. I worked with him at Corning and he was one of the most dedicated coworkers that I knew. David had a passion for trying to improve our training and making our teams work better together. Corning lost a great employee when he retired. He will be missed by all who had the opportunity to get to know him. Rest in peace, my friend.

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