Christopher Clarke Sanderson

Tuesday, August 3, 1993 - Wednesday, December 23, 2020

A Loving Son, Brother, and Friend

Photo of Christopher Clarke Sanderson  - 1993-2020

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

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Sanderson family.

Condolences from family and friends

It is with deep sadness that I learned of Christopher's passing. I know it leaves a deep hole in your hearts. Recalling him as a little boy growing up at St.Andrews with the family, being an Acolyte, joining in the youth activities, it's hard to think of his passing so young. God be with you all at this time of deep sadness.
Juanita Dixon
Every experience we have and every person we meet makes us know ourselves a little bit better. Take comfort in the sweet memories and in knowing that others care.
Jane Teasley
Oh, Kitty. My heart aches for you and your family. This is a beautiful tribute to Christopher. I have one lovely memory of him playing in the leaves w/ Luke at Emily’s house in Oxford.
Anne Kemmerle
We are truly saddened to learn that Chris has passed. He was a wonderful soul I had the privilege to know as his teacher. He seemed to be eternally optimistic and seemed to radiate light, wherever he went. His unique personality was unapologetically large and beautiful, and humor flowed from his heart. He will be dearly missed. Fly high, Chris, you are free at last.
Teresa A. Vanlandingham
I have many wonderful memories of Christopher and your family at St. Andrew's. It was always a joy to have him serve at the Altar as an acolyte, and to have him in youth and Christian education activities. May the saints and angels rejoice to receive him into the fullness of the Kingdom of God where he can truly be the Child of God that he was created and baptized to be. He will live in our hearts forever.
Rev. Tim McRee
The world is going to miss Christopher’s loving spirit.
Kitty McCammon
In adding to the good memories...I remember when my oldest son was younger and Chris was helping his dad with the wrestling club. Chris was patient, kind and willing to help the young boys. He had a smile on his face. I am so sorry for the loss. Prayers and thoughts be with the family and friends.
Elizabeth Burnette
I was so, so sorry to hear of Christopher's passing. I cannot imagine the pain you are going through.. My heart goes out to your family in this time of loss. Many prayers for continued healing, comfort and peace to you all.
Lisa Cook
So sorry to hear about Christopher. I remember him well when I came to St. Andrew's where he was an acolyte. I pray your loving memories will continue to comfort each of you whenever you think of him.
Karen Hall
John and family? I was so sorry to hear of your son’s passing... As a parent we are never prepared for a tragedy like this and it is devastating. I hope you find strength through family and friends and just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish the memories and God bless Bert
Bert Howard
John, I haven’t seen you in many years but I have great memories of our earlier years.John Milner told me about Christopher’s death.I am so sorry to hear this news.My heart breaks for all of you.I wanted you to know how much I am thinking of you and I would love to give you a hug.This virtual one will have to do.Again,my deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. Tim Spencer
Tim Spencer
Coach I am so sorry for your loss prayers for you and your family!
Brad Emerson
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family during this time. It’s never easy to loose someone you love. Let us know if you need anything. Love and Hugs to all Ms.Julie Mrs. Maggie
Ms.Julie Mrs.Maggie
Dear Mr. Sanderson and Family, I was so very saddened to hear about Christopher. Please know that you all are in my prayers. May you feel God's comfort in this difficult time.
Kathleen Lance Morgan
Coach and Family, I am terribly sorry to hear of your loss. May God grant you peace.
Susan Kosloski Montella
I was so very sorry to hear of Christopher's passing. I pray that you can take comfort in your faith and the sweet memories you hold in the depths of your heart. May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord; and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, thought the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
Mary Anne Schreiber & Family
My sincere condolences and prayers for your family. Praying for strength and peace for each of you during this time.
Jenita Pace
We were so very sorry to hear about Chris. Cody and Keri have such fond memories of playing with Chris and Olivia all throughout elementary school. Chris was a wonderful, kind hearted guy that left too soon. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Kathi and Joel Greene
Do so sorry to hear this news. My prayers are with all of you. Let your good memories carry you through your loss and pain. Love to all of you
Peggy Melville