Bob Sanderson

02/02/1941 –


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  • Memorial Service
Date: 03/05/2022
Time: 11:00 am
 – 12:00 pm
Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424


The family of Bob Sanderson (Robert Gard Sanderson) will celebrate his life of 81 years at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. We invite you to view his life tribute, sign his virtual guestbook, and download his memorial keepsake folder to your device for printing here on this page. Bob’s service will be available for viewing on Sunday, March 6, 2022, on this page also.

Bob passed away on Saturday, February 26, 2022, in Lubbock, TX as he was peacefully resting in the home he built for his family nearly 43 years ago.

He was born to R. J. and Ethel (Connell) Sanderson in Granbury, Texas on February 2, 1941. Early on, the family moved to Cumby, TX, and started a Grade A milk dairy farm. He grew up pitching in at all hours milking cows and doing what it took to keep the dairy going. In late elementary, his family moved from the dairy to the farm in Springlake-Earth, TX, where he spent his growing up years farming and ranching. They had no electricity, so they made their own with a wind generator and batteries on the home place. When the batteries died, the radio was over.

Bob was very musically inclined. He loved to play the guitar and he loved to dance. He and his brother played in a band they called “Bobby’s Band” while attending Springlake High School.

Bob graduated high school in 1959. He then went on to acquire a degree in accounting at Draughon’s Business College in Lubbock, TX.

He met his wife Carolyn Badley for the first time while they were both in high school. After two years they met again, and in three short months, they got married on December 1st, 1961 at First Methodist Church in Lubbock, TX.

After Bob and Carolyn married, Bob took a job as an accountant with Gene Brown Implement. He worked there for 1 year before his father asked him to come back to help him with the family farm at Olton. He gladly returned. While back on the farm, Bob and Carolyn had their first child, a daughter, Lisa Ann. After Bob helped to sure up operations at the farm, he went back to work as an accountant at a fertilizer company.

In 1963, his grandfather-in-law JL Badley asked him to come to work as an accountant at their family business, Badley Lumber Company. Bob and Carolyn moved to Lubbock shortly thereafter. During the move, the truck caught fire, and their family lost almost all of their possessions.

Bob started work as an accountant but performed any and all tasks that were required to help the business move forward – from janitorial duties to number crunching. After a few years of working at Badley, Bob and Carolyn had their second child, a son, Brandon Gard.

In 1972, while working at Badley, Bob started building and managing apartments with partners JD Badley and Ken McDaniel.

Over the years, Bob worked his way up from accountant to General Manager, and eventually the owner of the multigenerational family business. He was with Badley Lumber from 1963-1998.

Later in life, he became a real estate broker. He negotiated deals on commercial and residential land and buildings, as well as the sale of multiple business entities. He also built custom homes for a season.

Bob’s hobby was his work. He loved what he did, and was a servant of all in every endeavor. He also enjoyed fly fishing, hunting, riding horses, golfing, and riding motorcycles. One of the family’s fondest memories was when Bob brought home new dirt bikes for the family. This led to years of camaraderie and bonding as the family spent time together riding around the Lubbock area and in Cloudcroft, NM at the family cabin.

In 2010, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. He continued to work for a couple of years before reluctantly deciding to retire. He made the most of his retirement by always lending a helping hand. He was always looking for ways to help make a difference in the lives of his family and friends.

Bob and Carolyn enjoyed 60 wonderful years of marriage. Together they fostered fellowship and community and cherished every moment they had with their family.

Bob’s faith in Christ was an important part of his life. He enjoyed reading his Bible and grew closer to the Lord as he got older. He turned to the Lord often in prayer, especially during times of adversity.

His favorite Bible verse was Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 which says, “That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.”

This verse was very fitting in Bob’s life as he sought justice and equity in all that he did. He went above and beyond to take care of others. He was forthcoming and upright at all times.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Sanderson; their children, Lisa (Doug) Barber, and Brandon Sanderson all of Lubbock; grandson, Joshua (Lauren) Sanderson of Lubbock; great-grandchildren, Paityn Powers, and Conner Powers; brother, Don (Yvonne) Sanderson, of Brownwood; and a sister, Linda (Johnny) Collins, of Earth.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two granddaughters, Aaron Barber and Ashly Sanderson-Powers.


Celebration of Life


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