Richard Dickie Saunders
- January 9, 1930 - August 19, 2012
- Bowling Green, Virginia
of Richard's Passing
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“Jenete and I remember fondly teaching under your wonderful guidance in our early years in Smithfield. We had no idea that you lived that close to us...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: James F. and Jennette B. Chapman - VA
“Laurie and Family,
I am so sorry to learn of your father's passing. I remember all too well how he helped up get our room in order at JMU on the...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Milly Hudgins - Chester, VA
“Saddened to read of Principal Saunders passing. His daughter Nancy and I were classmates at Smithfield High School where he was our principal. I had...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Bobby Stallings - Franklin, KY
“I had no idea that Dickie Saunder's first teaching position was at LaCrosse,High School. He taught me Civics, I believe, when I was a Freshman in...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: BETTY FERRELL WILSON - NC
“The Smithfield High School Class of 1958 sends their condolences to the family of Richard Saunders. We hold such wonderful and fond memories of his...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Mary Catherine Edwards Cole - VA
I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Saunders' passing. During the four years I attended Smithfield High School, I was both taught and...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Eileen Barlow Smith - Windsor, VA
I was saddened to learn of Mr. Saunder's passing. I worked in the education field for 40 years (17 in Caroline) and I never met,...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Ben Herndon - Spotsylvania, VA
“Pattie Rose, Bill and families,
Sorry to learn of Dickies's passing. May you be comforted by remembering
all of his accomplishments, and his...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Stuart Pitts - Greenwood, SC
“I will keep your family in prayer.
9 of 21 | Posted by: Tina Hopper - Chesterfield, VA
“To Richard Saunders, Jr. and the Saunders Family:
I was so sorry to hear and read about the loss of Mr. Saunders (in The Smithfield Times newspaper)...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Rhonda Y. Bradby - Smithfield, VA
“Mr. Saunders was an awesome Principle at Bowling Green High School. Yes it was fear but it was respect. I know that when I saw him in the hallways or...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Deb Cawthorn Marano - VA
“I fondly remember Mr. Saunders, assistant principal and coach during my high school career at Smithfield High from 1960 thru 1964. I played football...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Travers Edwards Jr MD - VA
“Frosty has waited a long while for his "financial advisor". How blessed Dickie was to have Patti Rose. God's richest blessings and peace be with...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Joyce Goforth - friend
“I was shocked to hear of principal Saunders death. I have fond memories of Him when he was in Smithfield. My thoughts and prayers go out to the...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Darden Stallings - Smithfield, VA
“Thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Saunders' family. Cherish all of the wonderful memories left behind. He was well respected as the principal of...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Cindy & Dennis Sale
“To the Saunders Family
As Mr Saunder's lay down and rest. He was a Awesome Principal during my tenure at Bowling Green Sr High. May the Family be...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: BERTHA GRESHAM - Bowling Green , VA
“To Nancy ( my ole cheerleading friend ) I would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family in the loss of Mr Saunders. As a...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Eva Jackon Williams - Norfolk, VA
“So sorry for your loss Pattie & Family. May Dickie rest in peace dancing on the clouds. I know he will be watching over you just like you have done...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Donna Whittaker - VA
“I am sorry for your loss. I know my dad thought a lot of Mr. Saunders as he always spoke highly of him. Your family is in our prayers.
19 of 21 | Posted by: Jay Blanton - King William, VA
“It was an honor working with Mr. Saunders when I was a student at Caroline High School. My prayers will be going up for the family.
20 of 21 | Posted by: Jimmy Sadler - Henrico, VA
“The best principal ever!!! There was always that little hint of fear when you looked up and he stood in the hallways of BGSHS - back then we all...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Tana Gouldin McDonald - Milford, VA
Richard Lewis Saunders found his elusive peace on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at the age of 82. He was preceded by his mother, Anne Landa Saunders, his father, Charles "PY" Mahlon Saunders and his eldest brother, Charles M. Saunders, Jr.
He is survived by his dedicated, selfless and devoted wife of 59 years, Pattie Martin Saunders, his older brother, William G. Saunders, his three children, Nancy Carol Saunders, Richard L. Saunders, Jr., and Laurie Saunders Poole and his five grandchildren, Cosmo A. Saunders, Madelyn R. Saunders, Richard L. Saunders, III, Cyrus J. Sorenson and Chance L. Sorenson.
"Dickie" started his teaching career at LaCross High School and was principal at Smithfield High School, Bowling Green Senior High School and Caroline High School. He was also head coach of basketball and baseball during his tenure at Smithfield High School. He was a graduate of Randolph Macon College and received his Masters from the College of William and Mary. Dickie was a life-long member of the Kilwinning-Crosse #22-237 Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting and giving instructions and bestowed his love of dogs and cats to his family.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm Friday, August 24th at Storke Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, August 25th at Greenlawn Cemetery with Rev. Melvin Covington officiating.
Pattie and family wish to thank all of their friends and neighbors that provided company and assistance during Dickie's thirteen years of convalescence and Debbie George, primary caregiver extraordinaire, and Molly, Linda and JoAnn.