Corey ” Kleen” Stanley Sanders

    Birth Date: 08/26/1989
    Deceased Date: 06/12/2021

    Corey Stanley Sanders transitioned unexpectedly this earthly life on Saturday, June 12, 2021. Corey was the youngest of 5 children born to John and Karen Sanders on August 26, 1989, in Garner, North Carolina. During his formative years, he attended schools in the Wake County Public School System and graduated high school from Friendship Christian School, Raleigh, NC.

    Corey’s maternal and paternal grandparents, the Reverend William and Annie Mary Stanley (for whom he was given his middle name) and John, Sr. and Hazel Sanders taught him about the love of God, encouraged attending church, and planted seeds for his faith. Because of this teaching, he attended Sunday School and Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC at a very early age through his teenage years, under the pastorate of the Reverend Dr. Dumas A. Harshaw, Jr. In later years, he joined In the Beginning Missionary Baptist Church, Garner, NC under the pastorate of the Reverend Gwendolyn Horton.

    Corey had a love for aviation which led him to begin triple majoring in Aviation Management, Automotive Systems Technology, and Automotive Customizing Technology. He completed courses in aviation engineering and mechanical engineering at Lenoir Community College in Kinston, NC. He worked several years at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), specifically TAC-AIR International which is a private airport located at RDU. Corey was recognized as a gifted and skilled mechanic. He was able to apply these skills directly through working in the field of auto mechanics at locations such as Just Tires, 911 Body Shop, and Best Tires of Raleigh, N.C. Corey had remarkable skills for working on all aspects of cars and other types of mechanical vehicles which were consistently praised by his mentors, family, and friends.

    Corey leaves to cherish his memory; wife, Lorena; two daughters, Aaliyah and Ashanti; sisters, Aleisha Sanders Milner (Marcus) and Terrell Sanders; brothers, John Sanders, Robert Sanders, Jeremy Sanders (Judy), Reverend Jonathan Thomas (Jessica), Shon Purcell (Frankie); maternal aunts/uncles, Cardrienne Gill (Bobby), Virginia Tally (Charlie), Lawrence Stanley (Mamie); paternal aunts/uncles, Brenda S. Pedersen (Dr. Walter Pedersen), Deborah S. Williams, Be*ye Sanders; one greataunt, Virginia S. Richardson, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, special friends, and loved ones.

    Monday, June 21
    2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Sanders Funeral Home Chapel
    806 E Market St
    Smithfield, NC 27577
    (919) 934-8416

    Graveside Service:
    Tuesday, June 22
    11:00 AM
    Carolina Biblical Gardens
    1530 Creech Rd,
    Garner, NC 27529
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