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Lauraceena M. Sanders

December 13, 1963 ~ August 9, 2020 (age 56)


Our beloved Lauraceena Nervita Sanders transitionedfrom labor to reward on August 9th, 2020 at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, NC.     

Lauraceena, or “Laura” as she was affectionately called,joined Sandy Grove Baptist Church of Lumberton, NC at an early age. She served as a faithful member and was a part of the church’s Gospel Choir until she transitioned. 

Laura attended Robeson County Public Schools and graduated from Lumberton Senior High in 1982. She would later further her education by attended Bladen Community College; there she majored in Early Childhood Education.

Following her pursuits in receiving a higher education, Laura worked several retail jobs before acquiring a position at Smithfield Packing Company where she dedicated almost 25 years of her life.  The commitment and drive she exemplified was never limited to the workplace.

Laura was passionate about caring for others. She gave unselfishly of herself and provided exceptional care for the loves of her life, her children and grandchild. She has created innumerable memories with them that they all will forever cherish in their hearts. She desired the absolute best for them and worked diligently to foster their every need. For the past 10 years, Laura embodied what it meant to “live life”, as she would often exclaim, by embarking on vacation cruises and trips with family and friends at least twice a year.  

She is preceded in death by her parents, Vivian Sanders Jones and Elijah Thompson, and brother, King Solomon Jones III.

Left to cherish her memories are: two daughters; Kayla S. McNeill of Germantown, MD and Destinee E. McNeill of Fayetteville, NC; one grandson, Charles King McNeill;her partner, Michael Williams; her father, King Solomon Jones Jr. (Wanda); one brother, Christopher T. Jones (Jennifer) of Lodi, NJ; four sisters: Kina A. Nichols (Tim) of Lumberton, NC, Lisa L. Jones Thomas of Durham, NC, Ebonie C. Jones of Lumberton, NC and Wanda Sanders Hough (David) of Elizabethtown, NC; an aunt Roberta Sinclair (Tom) of Baltimore, MD; five nephews; three nieces; two grandnephews; five grandnieces; a host of loving cousins, relatives, Godchildren, and friends. Laura will definitely be missed by all those who were fortunateenough to meet her! 


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 Service Program


August 14, 2020

1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Celebrations of Life Leggett-Patterson Funeral Home
320 B East 24th Street
Lumberton, North Carolina 28358

Celebration of Life
August 15, 2020

1:00 PM
Sandy Grove Baptist Church
1601 Martin Luther King Drive
Lumberton, NC 28358

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