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Norcross Resident Passes Away After Battling Cancer

Phil Saunders, 64, was called a "true friend to all who knew him."

Philip D. Saunders, 64, of Norcross, Ga., passed away November 5 at St. Joseph's Hospital, after a long and valiant battle with bladder cancer.

Philip was born June 27, 1948 in Bournemouth Dorset, England, to the late Dennis and Hilda (Core) Saunders. Philip was president and owner of AgriBusiness International Inc. Philip also sat on the board and was co-chair of the Events Commitee of the Atlanta chapter of the British American Business Group.

Philip was a loving husband and father, who put family first. He enjoyed spending time with his two English Pointers, and he also was an avid gardener, and an active volunteer in the city of Norcross. A true friend to all who knew him. The world has lost a true gentle gentleman.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Saunders of Norcross; sons, Tom Saunders and his wife, April, of Carrollton, and Toby Saunders of Carrollton; daughters, Chloe Saunders of Carrollton, and Lauryn Sterrett and her husband, Sean, of Lake Mary, Fla.; and one grandchild, Malachi, of Carrollton; sister Jill Leigh and her husband Colin of Fordingbridge Old Hampshire, England; brother John Saunders and his wife Jill of Fordingbridge Old Hampshire, England; sister Jackie Mason and husband Mike of Bridgewater Somerset, England; father and mother-in-law Jerry and Barbra Rogers of Sweetwater, Tenn., and many other family members.

A memorial service will be held at Iglesia Christiana Celebremos Su Gloria Christian Church (the little white church in Norcross), 89 Jones St. Norcross, Ga. 30071 on Saturday, November 10, at 1 p.m., followed by a celebration of life at the Iron Horse Tavern in Norcross, Ga. Donations can be made to The American Bladder Cancer Society and Rainbow Village in Duluth, Ga. Online condolences may be expressed at www.crowellbrothers.com. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 5051 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross, GA 30092, (770) 448-5757.

Information was provided courtesy of Crowell Brothers Funeral Home.

Daniel Lay November 08, 2012 at 09:24 PM
One of the finest men to have ever graced this earth. A man of great humor, humility, kindness and deep thought who will be missed by everyone who called Phil a friend. I gratefully did.

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