The Faulkner University community is mourning today the tragic death during the weekend of Major Sanders, 18, a freshman criminal justice major from Stockbridge, Ga. Major died in a car accident Sunday morning while he was traveling to preach at Lafayette (Ala.) Church of Christ.
"He loved the Gospel and he loved to preach," said Faires Austin, dean of students, in describing Major. "He was well-liked by all the students and loved to make people laugh."
Andrew Itson, campus minister at University Church of Christ, spoke at a devotional service Sunday dedicated to Major. He said Major drove an hour-and-a-half every Sunday to preach at Lafayette, a small congregation near the Alabama-Georgia border. He had dropped off his brother, Malvin, a senior at Faulkner majoring in Biblical studies, at a church in Opelika Sunday morning, where Malvin helped with the youth group.
"Any time you lose a young person, it is tragic, but especially someone like Major; it leaves a void," Itson said. "Everyone liked Major. You loved him and wanted to be around him. He was both funny and sincere."
No other cars were involved in the accident and no one else was injured.
Major was the son of Terry and Lea Sanders. His home church was the Fairview Church of Christ in Stockbridge, Ga.
The funeral arrangements for Major are as follows: The viewing will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday at Cannon Cleveland Funeral Home, 2580 Hwy 42 North, in McDonough, Ga. The phone number is 770-914-1414. For directions: http://www.cannonclevelandfunerals.com/?page=untitled. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Eastern time Thursday at McDonough Church of Christ, 400 Lake Dow Road, McDonough, Ga. The telephone number to the church is 770-957-8611.