James Victor Sanderlin, 75, specialized in research, development of anti-aircraft weapons systems

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obit flagThe Sanderlin family regrets to announce the passing of James Victor Sanderlin, of Winnabow, on April 21, 2015. He was 75.

Mr. Sanderlin was born June 3, 1939, in Wilmington to James and Edith (Pridgeon) Sanderlin. Mr. Sanderlin attended New Hanover High School prior to departing for a career in the military.

His military career began with the U.S. Air Force and continued with the U.S. Army. His career spanned almost 23 years and took him to Vietnam, Korea, Germany and many locations throughout the United States. He served in the Air Defense Artillery and specialized in the research and development of anti-aircraft weapons systems. He retired at the rank of sergeant first class in 1980. In his retirement he worked at several local companies and enjoyed working on cars.

Mr. Sanderlin was preceded in death by his wife, Carrie Sanderlin, also of Winnabow.

He is survived by his daughter, Dawn Gibson, of Georgia; his sons, Allen Sanderlin, of Bolivia and Wayne Sanderlin, of Commerce City, Colorado; granddaughter, Chauntella Gibson, of Fayetville; and a grandson, Garrett Sanderlin, of Commerce City, Colorado.

A simple memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel in Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to consider honoring those who serve with donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, or one of your local charities that support our veterans. Twenty-two of our veterans take their own lives every day; your support is absolutely essential. We would also like you to consider extending your generosity to help one of your neighbors, since his have been so generous to our family.

“The soldier is the army. No army is better than its soldiers. The soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country”
― George S. Patton Jr.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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