In Loving Memory

April 14, 1949 – May 20, 2018


Elberta, AL

Hadley Sanders, Jr. died at home on Sunday, May 20, 2018 while at his desk.  Hadley was born April 14, 1949 in Mobile to Robert Hadley Sanders, Sr. and Baldwin Smith Sanders, the second of five children. He spent his youth in Mobile and South Baldwin County, graduated from Murphy High School, class of 1967. A good student and athlete in his formative years, Hadley preferred the social aspects of life as a teenager. He attended Marion Military Institute where he was well known to the officers and staff for his on and off campus extracurricular activities. Early on he decided on a life at sea and eventually became a master mariner with the rank of captain. He sailed the seven seas and over the course of his forty plus years, Hadley was bitten by a monkey in Nigeria, got in a fist fight in the middle of the Indian Ocean, butchered a cow on the upper reaches of the unexplored Amazon River, was jumped by pirates in Port Kelang, and ‘hove-to’ in one hundred foot seas north of the Shetland Islands for three weeks. Other incidents unfortunately cannot be published. Hadley married Robin in 1979 and settled down in Elberta, Alabama; the union produced son, Robert Hadley Sanders, III, now practicing law in Pensacola. Hadley retired in 2008 after a shipboard accident in Antwerp, and spent his remaining days in Elberta and environs, in particular Pirates Cove where he had many friends and acquaintances. Hadley was an avid reader having read the classics including the entire works of Shakespeare and the King James Bible. Not one to be shy or skirt a friendly argument, Hadley was known to ‘kick up the dust’ from time to time. Hadley did not want a conventional life and took the road less traveled. Along the way he befriended many people who he loved with all his heart. He even had the ability to charm children despite his roguish exterior.  He took Christian values to heart and counted on Christ for grace and guidance whenever he went astray.

In addition to his son and former wife, Hadley is survived by brothers, Lemuel Moye Sanders and Lester Smith Sanders; sisters, Katharine Sanders Parsons (Bill) and Mary Baldwin Sanders; aunt, Etheldra Smith Scoggin; cousins, Etheldra Scoggin, Corinne Hyman, Elizabeth Dodson, John and Bill Yung, as well as their offspring.

A lifelong Episcopalian, funeral services for Hadley will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Foley, Alabama this Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 11 AM. Expressions of condolence may be offered at Hughes Funeral Home in Daphne, AL is assisting the family.  Hadley, rest in peace!