Jaci Nicole Sanders, 18, of Taylor, Arkansas passed away unexpectedly June 9, 2016 at Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas. She was born Dec. 17, 1997 at Minden Medical Center.
Jaci was a student at Taylor School for the past 13 years. She graduated May 22, 2016 after spending most of her senior year in the home bound school program administered through Taylor High School. She excelled in sports and particularly enjoyed playing softball. She began her softball career playing T-ball at the young age of 5. She continued general softball training and at age 10 she began private pitching lessons with friend and trainer Terri Simmons. These lessons served her well in her career as pitcher and third baseman for the Taylor Lady Tigers. During her time with the team Jaci was awarded the 2014 All District, All Region, All State, and All State Tournament. She attended Unity United Methodist Church in Bussey, Arkansas all of her life.
Jaci was preceded in death by her great grandmother, Rose Sanders, great grandparents, Clifton and Irene Tyson of Springhill, great grandparents, Dan and Martelie Waters of Ida, and great-great grandparents Harry and Velma Thornton.
Jaci leaves behind her grieving parents Greg and Cheryl Sanders, a brother Blaine, grandparents Larry and Dana Thornton all of the Sharman Community, Billy and Ann Sanders of Springhill, a host of family, friends, and special best friend Ashlyn McGee.
Visitation with the family will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Lewis Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Taylor High School Auditorium at Taylor. The Rev. Wayne Edwards, the Rev. Chris Lucy and the Rev. Randy Evans will officiate. Interment will follow at the Sharman Cemetery under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. of Magnolia, Arkansas.
Pallbearers will be Paul Higgins, Adam Camp, Justin Whitlock, Wes Green, Charles Eason, Scott McDonald, Cody Lucy and Alston Eason. Honorary Pallbearers will be the 2011 Battle Tested All Stars Softball Team and the past and current Lady Tigers Softball Teams.
The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to Janet and David Brazzel, the administration, doctors, and staff of Magnolia Regional Medical Center, Arkansas Heart Hospital, Wadley Regional Medical Center and all the medical flight crews for the loving care administered to our precious Jaci and her family.
Memorials may be made to the Jaci Sanders Memorial Ball Field fund at BancorpSouth, or to the charity of your choice.
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