Bennett - Bertram Funeral Home

Everett Glennie "E.G. Red" Sanders    of Hodgenville

• Thursday, December 7, 2017
   from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
   at Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home
• Friday, December 8, 2017
   from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
   at Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home

• Friday, December 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM
   at Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home

Everett Glennie "E.G. Red" Sanders passed away on December 4, 2017. Everett was born in Denver, Colorado on November 11, 1925 to Samuel David Sanders and Myrtle Fry. Everett attended Upton High School and graduated in 1943 as valedictorian of his senior class. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy and was assigned to the U.S.S. Intrepid aircraft carrier in the Pacific theater. Everett was a Seaman First Class, earning several ribbons, engagement stars and commendations including the American Theater, Asiatic Pacific, Philippine Liberation, and Victory Medal. He remained on active duty until the end of World War II.

Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, Everett married the former Clara Haley in October 1946 and enrolled in Western KY State College. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physical Education, English and Biology while at Western. Upon graduation in 1950 he accepted a teaching and head basketball coaching position at Buffalo High School in Buffalo, KY. During his four years at Buffalo High School he taught biology. As Buffalo's head basketball coach his teams compiled a record of 84 wins and 36 losses, with three twenty game win seasons and a 70% winning percentage while also reaching the regional finals in 1954.

In 1954 he accepted the position of principal of Hodgenville School grades one through twelve. In 1958 he became the principal of the newly consolidated LaRue County High School. In 1962 LaRue County became one of seven pilot centers in the United States for President John Kennedy's Council on Physical Fitness. In 1967 he accepted the position of superintendent of the LaRue County schools, a position he held until his retirement in 1991.

Through Everett's leadership, the LaRue County school system flourished in several areas. It continually ranked in the "top 5" of school districts in management efficiency by the Department of Education, ranked high in attendance and ranked high in standardized test scores.

Everett served on many distinguished committees and received numerous awards and recognition during his lifetime including Western Kentucky Committee of Seventy Five, Outstanding Business Professional Person, Kentucky Educational Television Advisory Council, President of Hodgenville Rotary Club, Deacon of First Baptist Church of Hodgenville and Fifth Region Athletic Directors Hall of Fame.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Myrtle, his wife of 44 years, Clara, a son, Kelly, a sister, Alma Rudell, and a brother, James Edwin.

After the tragic death of his son, Kelly Dean in 1969, Everett established a clothing bank to help needy children in his son's memory. This act of kindness evolved into the Kelly Dean Sanders Memorial Fund which is administered by the school system and has assisted those in need for the past 48 years.

He is survived by two sons, Ron (Mary Kaye) and Sam (Dee Anne), four grandsons, Christopher, Nathaniel (Alexa), Samuel and Trevor, two step granddaughters, Allison (Ryan) Commings, and Meredith (Aaron) Howell, three step grandchildren, Hadley, Violet and Hayes and a special friend, Nancy Howell Burba.

Everett was a tireless and dedicated supporter of the LaRue County school system and Western Kentucky University. He was member of the Hodgenville First Baptist Church for over sixty years and a member of the Hodgenville Rotary Club. He was an avid golfer until his declining health prevented him from playing the game he loved. His greatest joy was helping the students who passed through the halls of LaRue County High School. No one else in LaRue County has seen more high school students' graduate, nor have they seen the Hawks play more football, basketball and baseball games.

Visitation will be at Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home in Hodgenville, KY on Thursday, December 7th from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Friday, December 8th from 9 AM to 11:00. Funeral services will be on Friday, December 8 at 11:00 AM at Bennett-Bertram with Reverend Mike Rodgers officiating. Interment will be in Red Hill Cemetery.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that contributions be sent to the Kelly Dean Sanders Memorial Fund, 208 College Street, Hodgenville, KY 42748.