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Celebrating the life of
August "Augie" Sanders
Passed away on November 30, 2019
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
912-898-0900
  • Visitation
  • 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. - Tuesday, December 03, 2019
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
  • 4605 Hwy 80 East (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31410

  • 912-898-0900
  • Rosary
  • 6:00 p.m. - Tuesday, December 03, 2019
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
  • 4605 Hwy 80 East (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31410

  • 912-898-0900
  • Funeral Mass
  • 1:00 p.m. - Wednesday, December 04, 2019
  • St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
  • 7020 Concord Road (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31410

  • 897-5156

Augie was always there to lend me a helping hand no matter what the task. I will sorrily miss him on the golf course, at the gin table, eating his wonderful meals, and most of all losing a close friend. May you rest in peace in God's loving arms. Vic & Joy Jarvis

Victor & Joy Jarvis, Savannah, GA

Chris, So sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. I know this is a very difficult time for you and your family. I never met your Dad but feel as if I know him after reading about his full life. I am definitely going to check out the cookbook!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Always here if you need me. Take care. Love, Donna

Donna Groover, Hinesville, GA

Emily and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. The loss of such a vital and lovely man are hard to bear. Augie was all that a human being is supposed to be: a devoted and loving husband and father, and a compassionate, kind, and fun-loving friend. He was the type of person everyone wanted to be with. He will be missed. Bubber and Alice

Alex (Bubber) and Alice Hodges, savannah, georgia

My deepest sympathy. What a wonderful man. What a wonderful life. Peace and comfort to you.

Beth Whitmire’s , Shady Dale, Ga

Augie was an amazing man who chose to live life to the fullest and share it with everyone. We were so lucky to have he and Emily as neighbors. Sending our love, he will be missed, but leaves a legacy that will live on forever.

Sarah and Jody Schiesser, Savannah, GA

I met Angie two years ago when I joined his Wednesday night card group. He was very welcoming and always had a smile and friendly word for everyone. He cooked for us a few times and it was always a special treat. Reading his obit. he lead a full and giving life. His family should feel proud. He will be sorely missed.

Lynn Pitts, Savannah, GA

So sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Sanders,my mom grew up with him,she was a verrett.I remember him well, he was a nice man. Prayers for all the family.

Donna Crowder Grove, Beckley , WV

Augie (& Emily) have always treated me as their own...the loving gift of making you more than a friend, rather the kindness & love of family. My heart is with you, Sanders sisters & Em. Augie set a high bar in so many ways just simply by being himself. He will always live on in his beautiful family. Blessings & love to you.

DEBORAH STAIR, Springfield, GA

So very sorry for your loss.

Debbie Berta , Savannah, Ga

So sorry to hear of your loss of your father. He sounds like an extraordinary man. Thoughts and prayers go out to entire family.

Virginia O'Neal, Pooler, Ga

We live in the house Augie built for himself 30 years ago, and we will always be in his debt for this. Over the years, we had many opportunities to see Augie and his family, especially on holidays, where he was often the cook for a large and loving family. His generosity, warmth. and good humor are things we will long remember. To his children and grandchildren we offer our sympathies, knowing their loss will be deeply felt this holiday season.

Mulenex, Savannah, GA

Chris, what a beautiful description of the kind of man your father was. I’m so lucky to have known him, had his famous gumbo, meet his Cajun family and have a copy of his cook book! I will cherish it forever. Prayers are with you my dear friend. I love you and your family.

Lori Parks, Midway, Ga

So sorry about your loss. A wonderful person and a great golfing friend.

Richard Darden, Savannah, Ga

Chris, What a beautiful tribute to your Daddy. It seems he lived his life to the fullest. My prayers are with you and your sweet family. Hope your wonderful memories of him bring you comfort.

Carole M Grinstead, Midway, GA

What a gift it was to be able to care for Mr. Sanders on his final day. I appreciate your trust in me and I will forever remember your sweet family and the stories you shared. I am so sorry for your loss and I will be here for all of you anytime that you need me. Praying for peace and sweet memories.

Nurse Barbi, Savannah, ga

Emily and family So sorry to hear of Augie 's passing. He was a wonderful man and friend.I He will be missed by many people. Faye Cunningham

Faye Cunningham, Savannah, Ga

Emily and family So sorry to hear of Augie 's passing. He was a wonderful man and friend.I He will be missed by many people. Faye Cunningham

Faye Cunningham, Savannah, Ga

August “Augie”  Sanders

Augie Sanders entered eternal rest surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, November 30.

Augie spent his life working to make others happy.  Whether cooking gumbos, building houses or starting a baseball league, he could always be counted on to have a friendly greeting, kind word and a welcoming smile.  He lived his Catholic faith and viewed life with a positive attitude and enduring spirit.  He was happiest when surrounded by family and his many friends in his kitchen cooking and caring for others. His generous, loving and warm-hearted ways were always accompanied with his beautiful smile.

He was born at home in the village of the Savannah Sugar Refinery in 1927 to August and Aline Sanders of Jeanerette, Louisiana.  At the age of 17, he enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II.

Upon returning, he went to work for the Savannah Sugar Refinery and worked there for some 20 years.  He was one of the organizers of the Savannah River League in 1947 and organized and managed the Port Wentworth Red Sox the same year.   He was the manager and second baseman four out of five winning seasons, and one year led the team in hitting and stolen bases.

Augie was the Commander of the American Legion Post 199 in Garden City and was instrumental in fund raising for the post through co-producing and co-starring in “The 199’ers”, a pantomime troop that performed all over the Southeast. Recognizing the gap in baseball opportunities for 14-year-old boys while working with American Legion baseball, he organized teams and gained community support for the Pony League.  He served as the first President of the Savannah Pony League.  Throughout his life he was an accomplished golfer with 8 holes-in-one and, at one time, had a 3 handicap.  He also served as the President of the Savannah Golf Association.

After leaving the Sugar Refinery in the 60’s, Augie built custom homes, restaurants and commercial facilities in Savannah, Hinesville, Macon, Charleston and Beaufort.  At one time he owned and ran Augie’s Restaurant in Macon, GA.

At age 79 he was still designing and renovating homes. After a heart attack in 2006, he continued drawing plans, cooking for large groups of friends and family, playing golf and painting.  He also fulfilled a lifelong dream of writing a cookbook and in 2010 put out the first edition of Too Many Cooks:  Favorite Recipes from Augie Sanders, His Family and Friends, which is now in its second printing.  His 80th and 90th birthday celebrations were wonderful parties with more than 200 family and friends.

He was married to the beautiful Emily White for more than 73 years.  He was extremely proud of their family.  They have four talented, loving daughters: Carol Sanders (Ken Orth); Kathryn Thaggard (Steve); Karen Kitchell (John) and Christie Goeller (Harry) and five amazing grandchildren:  Ann Searcy (Scott); Jennifer Rehm; August Fillmore; Trett Hunsberger and Aimee Lowery. They have 8 great-grandchildren.   They were also blessed with much-loved bonus grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Augie also is survived by one brother:   Robert L. Sanders (Linda) of Pooler, Ga and many nieces and nephews.  He will be missed by his Wednesday night card group, the ROMEOS (Retired Old Men Eating Out), his golfing buddies, his many Cajun aunts, uncles and cousins, and many, many friends, who will all remember him with love and story or two.

A visitation will be held at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel on Whitemarsh Island on Tuesday evening, December 3, 2019 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with a Rosary at 6:00 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Peter The Apostle Catholic Church on Wilmington Island.

In lieu of flowers, raise a glass to Augie and send remembrances to your favorite charity.

 

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Augie was always there to lend me a helping hand no matter what the task. I will sorrily miss him on the golf course, at the gin table, eating his wonderful meals, and most of all losing a close friend. May you rest in peace in God's loving arms. Vic & Joy Jarvis

Victor & Joy Jarvis, Savannah, GA

Chris, So sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. I know this is a very difficult time for you and your family. I never met your Dad but feel as if I know him after reading about his full life. I am definitely going to check out the cookbook!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Always here if you need me. Take care. Love, Donna

Donna Groover, Hinesville, GA

Emily and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. The loss of such a vital and lovely man are hard to bear. Augie was all that a human being is supposed to be: a devoted and loving husband and father, and a compassionate, kind, and fun-loving friend. He was the type of person everyone wanted to be with. He will be missed. Bubber and Alice

Alex (Bubber) and Alice Hodges, savannah, georgia

Candle tribute lit by John & Kathy Miskiewicz — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by August Lowery — Georgia

My deepest sympathy. What a wonderful man. What a wonderful life. Peace and comfort to you.

Beth Whitmire’s , Shady Dale, Ga

Augie was an amazing man who chose to live life to the fullest and share it with everyone. We were so lucky to have he and Emily as neighbors. Sending our love, he will be missed, but leaves a legacy that will live on forever.

Sarah and Jody Schiesser, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Rita and Jerry Wilhelm — Florida

I met Angie two years ago when I joined his Wednesday night card group. He was very welcoming and always had a smile and friendly word for everyone. He cooked for us a few times and it was always a special treat. Reading his obit. he lead a full and giving life. His family should feel proud. He will be sorely missed.

Lynn Pitts, Savannah, GA

So sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Sanders,my mom grew up with him,she was a verrett.I remember him well, he was a nice man. Prayers for all the family.

Donna Crowder Grove, Beckley , WV

Candle tribute lit by Haley Weldon — Maryland

Candle tribute lit by Gina Oetgen Hazel — Georgia

Augie (& Emily) have always treated me as their own...the loving gift of making you more than a friend, rather the kindness & love of family. My heart is with you, Sanders sisters & Em. Augie set a high bar in so many ways just simply by being himself. He will always live on in his beautiful family. Blessings & love to you.

DEBORAH STAIR, Springfield, GA

Candle tribute lit by Diane, Andrea, and Kimberly Carver — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Curtis Carver — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Louann Davis — Georgia

So very sorry for your loss.

Debbie Berta , Savannah, Ga

So sorry to hear of your loss of your father. He sounds like an extraordinary man. Thoughts and prayers go out to entire family.

Virginia O'Neal, Pooler, Ga

Candle tribute lit by Anne Robin — Georgia

We live in the house Augie built for himself 30 years ago, and we will always be in his debt for this. Over the years, we had many opportunities to see Augie and his family, especially on holidays, where he was often the cook for a large and loving family. His generosity, warmth. and good humor are things we will long remember. To his children and grandchildren we offer our sympathies, knowing their loss will be deeply felt this holiday season.

Mulenex, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by bo and ann adcox — Georgia

Chris, what a beautiful description of the kind of man your father was. I’m so lucky to have known him, had his famous gumbo, meet his Cajun family and have a copy of his cook book! I will cherish it forever. Prayers are with you my dear friend. I love you and your family.

Lori Parks, Midway, Ga

So sorry about your loss. A wonderful person and a great golfing friend.

Richard Darden, Savannah, Ga

Chris, What a beautiful tribute to your Daddy. It seems he lived his life to the fullest. My prayers are with you and your sweet family. Hope your wonderful memories of him bring you comfort.

Carole M Grinstead, Midway, GA

Candle tribute lit by Amanda Lewis — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Nurse Barbi — Georgia

What a gift it was to be able to care for Mr. Sanders on his final day. I appreciate your trust in me and I will forever remember your sweet family and the stories you shared. I am so sorry for your loss and I will be here for all of you anytime that you need me. Praying for peace and sweet memories.

Nurse Barbi, Savannah, ga

Emily and family So sorry to hear of Augie 's passing. He was a wonderful man and friend.I He will be missed by many people. Faye Cunningham

Faye Cunningham, Savannah, Ga

Emily and family So sorry to hear of Augie 's passing. He was a wonderful man and friend.I He will be missed by many people. Faye Cunningham

Faye Cunningham, Savannah, Ga


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