Christopher Clarke Sanderson
A Loving Son, Brother, and Friend
Christopher Clarke Sanderson passed away on December 23, 2020. The world lost a tender, loving soul that day.
Christopher was the son of John and Kathryn Sanderson, and brother to Patrick, Beth, Matthew, Olivia, and Lee Ann. He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Carolyn Murphree and Miriam Sanderson; and his beloved “Uncle Bill” Sanderson.
Those of us who were fortunate enough to call Christopher “brother” or “son,” and who were able to understand and appreciate him more fully, are left with wonderful memories, as well as with a few regrets, no doubt. But the good memories are what sustain us in our loss. We remember our Christopher for his innate sweetness, his hopeful spirit, and his wide-open heart, with a winning grin to match. We especially remember him as a caring brother and son who never lost hope or faith in his possibilities or his friends…and he truly believed that everyone he came into contact with was his friend - no exceptions.
The sweet memories flood back upon us as we look at pictures that remind us of happier times. There is 3-year old Christopher being a good big brother and rocking Olivia when she was just a tiny baby…12 years old and riding a skimboard at the beach…along with the whole family, riding the water rides at Six Flags…looking a little goofy but very cool wearing a vest and an outsized sombrero at Patrick and Carmel’s wedding, and flashing that winning smile…and there he is wearing #56 in honor of his idolized older brother, Matthew, who wore the same number when he played football for Tuscola.
We are sad and mournful right now, but we were the lucky ones - the ones who could see Christopher for who he really was…who could understand the challenges he faced literally from the day he was born…who could appreciate the effort he put into being understood and accepted by others. We want the world to know just how much he meant to us and how we want anyone and everyone who knew Christopher to join us in honoring his twenty-seven years with us.
Having Christopher in our lives was a gift, and we were blessed to have him as part of our family. Our hearts were broken to see his life end so soon, but his impact on us, and his purpose on earth will not be forgotten or lost, and we pray that it will be recognized and appreciated by others. Christopher challenged us. He challenged us to be more understanding, to be more tolerant, to be more patient, not to lose hope or faith no matter what. In the words of his sister, Beth: “Christopher made me a more compassionate person, a more understanding teacher, and a better mother to my own daughter.” So, thank you, Christopher! We all love you, and we always will!
A private memorial ceremony will be scheduled at a later date. The family suggests that donations be made in Christopher’s name to the Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center at P.O. Box 1494, Waynesville, NC 28786, or by donating online by accessing their website www.pcmdc.org
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Sanderson family.