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James O. Sanders

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  • Name James O. Sanders 
    Gender Male 
    Born 1914 
    Death Notice James Otho Sanders Age 90, of Kailua, passed away on June 18th at the Hale Ho Aloha Nursing home in Honolulu. He was retired from the Federal Aviation Administration after 40 years of government service. Mr. Sanders was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche Gilland Sanders, and is survived by two sons, James Henderson Sanders of Scottsdale, Arizona and Thomas Michael sanders of Kailua; four grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. He will be buried with his wife in Monteagle, Tennessee, where they were married in 1938. Mr. Sanders was born in Tennessee in 1914. He served in the United States army as a Radio Operator from 1930 to 1937, and in 1938 he was appointed to the Department of Commerce Bureau of Air Commerce, later renamed the Civil Aeronautics Authority (CAA), as an Airways Keeper serving at facilities in Tennessee, Louisiana, and Texas. He later became an Air Traffic controller for the CAA in San Antonio, Texas from 1941 to 1947. From 1948 to 1950, Mr. Sanders and his family lived in post WWII Manila, Philippine Islands, where he served as Chief of the newly commissioned Manila AirTraffic Control Center and supervised the training of Filipino personnel to take over its operation. Mr. Sanders served as Chief of the Midway Island Air TrafficControl Center and Control Tower from 1950 to 1951 and was subsequently assigned to the CAA Regional Office in Hawaii as an Air Traffic Control Supervisor. His family who had returned to Texas after living in Manila, joined him in Honolulu. In 1958, the CAA was reorganized into the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA), and Mr. Sanders was assigned to its Honolulu Airspace Utilization Branch. In 1960, he was promoted to Branch Chief, a position he held until his retirement. Highlights of his career include temporary tours of duty for the State Department in Japan in 1956 for three months where he headed the development of the Japan Civil Aviation Assistance Group, and in Korea for one year in 1956- 57 as a technical advisor for the United Nations Economic Coordinator and the the Republic of Korea's Minister of Transportation. In 1965, he represented the United States aviation interests at the meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. Mr. Sanders was a licensed pilot and a charter member of the Society of Airway Pioneers. Mr. Sanders earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii. After his retirement, he earned a real estate broker license and was active in real estate investment in Hawaii. He was a longtime member of the Elks (BPOE) and was a member of the Waikikilodge. Most of his spare time was spent researching and documenting his Native-american Cherokee Indian ancestry, for which he received correspondence from others worldwide seeking information on their own ancestral history. [Adv June 24, 2005] 
    Residence(s) Florida (when married to Blanche)
    Washingon (when married to UNNAMED) 
    Person ID I2443  Lisa's Genealogy
    Last Modified 31 May 2017 

    Father Henry Grady Stokes,   b. 1 December 1892, Decatur, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 September 1980, Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Catherine Hall,   b. 26 September 1891, Danville, Vermilion Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 March 1973, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 19 January 1919  Indianapolis, Marion Co., Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Family ID F1579  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Father Henry Grady Stokes,   b. 1 December 1892, Decatur, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 September 1980, Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Delia Pauline Gossett? 
    Married about 1915  [1
    Divorced 1917  Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F6479  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Blanche L. Gilland 
    Married 4 October 1937  Grundy Co., Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Divorced about 1977 
    Family ID F1584  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 UNKNOWN 
    Family ID F7030  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S803] .

    2. [S2363] Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992.

    3. [S3186] file name is Source 3185.

    4. [S3352] .



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