The Knoxville native attended Karns High School before joining the Vols in 1975. An all-star athlete in high school, Sanderson made All-KIL in both football and basketball.
A prominent business owner and developer, Sanderson was a dedicated servant to God and a faithful member to The Gathering International, Partners in Christ, as well as First Baptist Church Concord. He had a passion and love for coaching young athletes, and guiding their walk with the Lord.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Eugene Sanderson; his sister, Amelia Lennon; and nephew, Toby Brown. Survived by his wife, Gail Dylewski Sanderson; sons, Sean, Joshua, Michael Sanderson, and Bryan Herren; mother, Mrs. Gloria Baugh Sanderson; sister, Linette Brown, brother, Mark Sanderson and sister-in-law, Karen; and sister Kathy Andrews.
The family will receive friends Friday from 4-7 p.m. at Weaver Funeral Home in Knoxville. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Concord. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Wayne Jolley Ministry/The Gathering International, P.O. Box 680249, Franklin, TN, 37068, Partners in Christ, or Fellowship of Christian Athletes.