John Hiarm Sanders Jr.

John Hiarm Sanders, Jr. of Miami, OK passed from this life Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at Integris Miami Hospital in Miami, OK. He was 90.

John was born March 30, 1932 in Milan, MO to John H. and Hazel K. (Simpson) Sanders, Sr. He had lived in Miami area since 1995 moving from Springfield, MO. He graduated from Milan High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army during Korean Conflict. John was a truck driver, driving for Yellow Freight System in Baxter Springs, KS and Stratford, MO, retiring after 30 years. He was a member of Southeast Baptist Church in Commerce, OK, a member of Orient Lodge No. 430 A.F.&A.M. in Muskogee, OK, Joplin Scottish Rite Consistory, Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Temple in Springfield, MO and member of Teamsters Union.

John was preceded in death by 1 daughter, Cathy A. Sanders and his his parents

Survivors include his wife Doris (Tipton) Sanders of the home, 1 daughter, Tammy L. Epperson of Welch, OK, 1 brother, William Harris “Bill” Sanders of Muskogee, OK, 3 sisters, Colleen Havens of Milan, MO, Johnnie Sue Elrod of Muskogee, OK and Joann ???? of Tulsa, OK, 4 grandchildren, Austin Slaton, Chad Epperson, Tyler Epperson and Jared Aldridge and 7 great grandchildren, Talon Slaton, Gage Slaton, Jaxon Epperson, Braylee Epperson, John Epperson, Ally Aldridge and Kaden Aldridge.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 12, 2022 at Southeast Baptist Church in Commerce, OK. Rev. Paul Case and Rev. Leroy Orr will officiate. Interment will be in G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami, OK. Austin Slaton, Chad Epperson, Tyler Epperson, Jared Aldridge, Talon Slaton and Gage Slaton will serve as pallbearers. Military Rites will be conducted by Grove Veterans Ritual Team. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Miami, OK. Services have been placed in the care of Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, OK. Online condolences may be made at

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