Cornelious Sander of Detroit, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, Febuary 15, 2022 at the age of 67. After several months of declining health, Cornelious died peacefully with his beloved wife Sandra and their children by his side.
Cornelious was born in Alabama on March 6, 1955, to father Charles Thomas Sanders and mother Lillian Louise Sanders. The oldest of three sons, Cornelious didn’t have the opportunity for much formal education. He was educated throught the Detroit Public School System. He helped out on his family's small business and worked any odd jobs he could find starting at an early age. His work ethic and desire to take care of his family led to him enlisting in the Army at age 18. He was stationed in Monterey, CA from 1973 -1975.
Cornelious returned to Detroit and brought property next to his family’s small business. Together with his father, they grew the family business exponentially. This growth helped bring economic prosperity to Detroit. Cornelious invested heavily in the town’s youth. He funded scholarship opportunities for outstanding students. Through these endeavors, he met local school teacher Sandra Carter. They married in 1976.
Cornelious was preceded in death by his parents and by his brothers Samuel James and Donald Richard Sanders. He is survived by his wife Sandra; children Cornelious and Sonya Carter; grandchildren Latia, Emmaiye and Ayrma Carter, Lasha Boyd, Lajordan Sawyer and a host of relatives and friends.