Deborah Ann (Tuttle) Sanders

September 14, 1949 ~ March 18, 2020 (age 70)


Deborah Ann Tuttle Sanders, age 70, of Morristown, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 18th , 2020 at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville after a brief illness. She was the daughter of the late Mary Ruth Hale Tuttle and Floyd Edwin Tuttle, Jr., and the granddaughter of the late Agnes Henderson Hale and Edward Benton Hale, Sr. and Ruth Callaway Tuttle and Floyd Edwin Tuttle, Sr. She was preceded in death by her great uncle, William C. Hale, and aunt Margaret McCanless Hale; Loving aunts and uncles: Jack Strate and Agnes Hale Strate, Edward Benton Hale, Jr., William M. Hale and Barbara Tuttle Hale, Dr. James Richardson, Sr. and Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Tuttle Richardson, Joann Hale, Jim Logan, and brother, Edwin Hale Tuttle. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Bill Sanders, daughter, Ellen Ruth Sanders of Alpharetta, Georgia, and son Robert Henderson Sanders (Deborah Cull) of Glenview, Illinois, along with the joy of her life, granddaughter Elaine Elisabeth Sanders. Other survivors include her sister, Ruth Tuttle Guerra (J.J.) of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, brother, Richard Tuttle (Tammy), uncle John W. Hale, Nancy Hale Logan, and Jeanie Johnson Hale. Sisters-in-law, Marie Sanders, Peggy Sanders Yates, Susan Sanders and brother-in-law Edward Sanders. Nieces and nephews: Christopher Guerra, Benton Guerra, Matthew Tuttle and Emily Tuttle. Cousins: William T. Hale (Barbara), Michael M. Hale (Sandra), Thomas M. Hale (Terri), David F. Hale (Wendy), Robert C. Hale (Erika), Barbara (Babs) Richardson, Dr. James Richardson, Jr. (Peggy), Lyn Hale Leach (Dr. Michael), John Hale (Tina), Jane Strate Hopson (Charles), Thomas Strate (Kelle), John Logan (Cindy), and George Logan (Cheryl). Special, dear friends: Sarah Storms Frazier, Marcy Lay, and Leonna Prater. Deborah was a 1967 graduate of Morristown High School and a 1971 graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a Bachelor of Music degree majoring in Organ Performance. She was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. Bill and Deborah were married on August 7, 1971 and moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Deborah was employed by IBM-General Systems Division as a legal and communications assistant. She also taught private piano lessons. In August 1976, the Sanders relocated to Morristown. Bill and Deborah founded Sanders Business Systems in 1978 as the area’s first authorized personal computer dealer to offer technology hardware, software, and services from IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft. Her love of music was evident in her everyday life. She was a life-long member of First Presbyterian Church of Morristown and dedicated every Sunday as the Organist for the past forty years and played for over 2,000 services. Most recently, she also served as the Interim Music Director and assisted with the church’s web-site and technology upgrades. She was a member of the Knoxville Chapter of AGO-American Guild of Organists, and has served as Dean and a Board member. She loved Montreat, NC, and attended over forty summer sessions of the Annual Montreat Conference on Worship and Music. She was a member of Walters State Adjunct Faculty serving as the accompanist of the Adult Community Chorale for many years. She was a keyboard teacher and had numerous piano and organ students. Deborah was an avid hiker, and enjoyed many trips to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and was a member of the Friends of the Smokies. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the: Deborah Tuttle Sanders Memorial Music Scholarship Fund c/o First Presbyterian Church 600 West Main St.,  Morristown, TN 37814.  A Celebration of Life and Worship Service at First Presbyterian Church of Morristown will be announced at a later date. 

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