Pastor Carlos Eduardo Sanders’ Obituary

On May 24, 2021, Pastor Carlos Eduardo Sanders returned to his heavenly home. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his transition and ultimately gave him peace. Pastor Carlos Eduardo Sanders was born and raised in Birmingham, AL. He graduated high school from Huey Town High School. Carlos began his active-duty military career in 1983. During his military career, he began to serve as airborne infantry at Fort Bragg, NC for the United States Army. He was also a Jump Master at Fort Bragg. Shortly after, he reclassed and became a medical x-ray technician. Carlos also attended recruiting school and became a recruiter for the U. S. Army in Fayetteville, NC and was stationed to Oklahoma to continue his recruiter duty. El Paso, Texas was his next duty station where he worked at William Beaumont Army Medical Hospital, where he was the Senior NCO of the radiology department. His last duty station was Joint Base Lewis McChord where he was the head NCO of the radiology department in Madigan Army Medical Center. During his military career, Carlos also deployed out of Fort Bragg, NC to serve in the Gulf War, which was also called Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia. Carlos retired in 2005as a Sergeant First Class of the United States Army. He served a total of 26 years.

Pastor Sanders was called, as a child, to preach the word of God but did not proceed until 1989. He completed seminary school in 1992 from the Carolina Bible College in Fayetteville, NC. In 2004, Carlos joined the Minister Alliance Organization and was a member of Grace Gospel Church on Joint Base Lewis McChord Army Base. During his membership, he served as Chaplain for a brief period of time. Pastor Sanders established his own church in 2014 by the name of The Cathedral. Even though his health declined, he continued his ministry as well as establishing a family prayer line that was held every Saturday morning.

Carlos was blessed with a large and loving family. He was born to the late Eddie Hill, Sr. and Christine Hill-Sanders both of Birmingham, AL. He is survived by his loving wife, Irish R. Sanders of 38 years, 2 daughters, Latoya Sanders Williams of Puyallup, WA and Latasha Carmichael Sanders Weeks (Krystal Weeks) of Las Vegas, NV, 1 son Anthony Carmichael Sanders of Manhattan, NY, Brother Eddie Hill (Carolyn Hill) of Enterprise, AL, Sister Glennie Turner (Late husband Jullius Turner) of Birmingham, AL, Sister Judy Logan of Florala, AL, Grandchildren: Keionte Sanders of Puyallup, WA , Ira Williams of Puyallup, WA, Christopher Williams of Puyallup, WA, Samuel Anderson of Providence, RI and Christian Carmichael of Las Vegas, NV, a mother-in-law Mary Smutherman of Hope Mills, NC, 5 sister-in-laws: Debra Carmichael of New Port Richey, FL, Thomasina Smutherman of Greensboro, NC, Lisa Caver (Clinton Caver) of Hope Mills, NC, Laura Malcolm (Curtis Malcolm) of Peyton, CO and Allison Smutherman of Hope Mills, NC , Nephews: Johnny Logan and James Logan of Dothan, AL, Jason Brown of Fort Payne AL, Jonathan Brown of Birmingham, AL, Christopher Hill of Enterprise, AL, John Jr. Carmichael of Fayetteville, NC, Rodrecus Johnson of Greensboro, NC, Michael Smutherman (DorvellaSmutherman) of Greensoboro, NC, Brian Smuthermanof Fayetteville, NC, Cordell Caver of Fayetteville, NC, Deon Smith of Miami, FL, and the late TrevaSmutherman of Fayetteville, NC, Nieces: CoquincyHammond of Newport Richey, FL, Christina Carmichael of Fayetteville, NC, Immeena Smith of Peyton, CO, Aleah Hines of Hope Mills, NC, Alecia Holloway of Hope Mills, NC, his mentors Mom and Pop Greason, and a host of great nieces, nephews and friends.

For all that knew Carlos, he had a great passion for Christ. He also had a desire to reach out to those who did not know his lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He loved his family and wanted each of them to have their own relationship with God. One of Carlos favorite scriptures consist of the following:
John 14:13-14
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Funeral service will be held at Friday June 4, 2021, 11am Shiloh Baptist Church 1211 South I Street Tacoma, WA 98405

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  1. Rev. Christopher Homer says:

    Condolences to the family, when I started preaching here in Oklahoma, Carlos was my first mentor. He was my brother. The New Hope Baptist Church, Oklahoma City is praying for the family.

  2. Pastor Kerby & Lady Pamela Haire says:

    We feel so grateful to have had Carlos in our lives and apart of our church family. Piney Grove FWB Church will forever keep him in our hearts. This family will be in our prayers both now and the days ahead. Lovingly Submitted……

  3. Nathan Shelby says:

    Sister Sanders words can’t express our feelings of sadness at the loss of Reverend Carlos Sanders your husband! May God bring comfort to your heart! Nathan & Janie Shelby

  4. Dr Cheryl Baker says:

    Sis Iris
    I’m so sorry I did not know about Pastor. I wish u my deepest sympathy and am sorry for not just his loss but my loss of not being in contact as I should. So please forgive me. I’ll always love u all and May God take care you of you

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