Dianne and Jack Sanders celebrate 50th anniversary

Posted 6/11/19

Dianne and Jack Sanders celebrate 50th anniversary

Dianne Mahon Sanders of Gastonia, N.C., daughter of Julius and Lorene Mahon, and Jack London Sanders, son of Paul and Elizabeth Sanders of Charleston, celebrated 50 years of marriage with a party hosted by the couple’s family at the Historic Mee House in Charleston.

The couple met in 1965 at Mars Hill College (University). When Jack joined the local Baptist church, this was announced the congregation with a brief introduction. When Dianne heard he was from Tennessee and she perked up, as her parents lived in Niota. She thought he could possibly give her a ride home. After some off and on dating, she found a new home in Charleston.

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Dianne Mahon Sanders of Gastonia, N.C., daughter of Julius and Lorene Mahon, and Jack London Sanders, son of Paul and Elizabeth Sanders of Charleston, celebrated 50 years of marriage with a party hosted by the couple’s family at the Historic Mee House in Charleston.
The couple met in 1965 at Mars Hill College (University). When Jack joined the local Baptist church, this was announced the congregation with a brief introduction. When Dianne heard he was from Tennessee and she perked up, as her parents lived in Niota. She thought he could possibly give her a ride home. After some off and on dating, she found a new home in Charleston.

Before they met, Dianne planned to use her newly earned degree to teach high school home economics. Jack had majored in chemistry and was determining his career path. They determined to marry on May 24, 1969 and moved to Charleston.
Once in Tennessee, Jack received a teaching certification and began teaching at Bradley Central High School while also managing a neighbor’s family farm. After a few years, he transitioned full time into farming, managing the Rolling Acres farm with his father.
Dianne, unable to find the job she initially sought post college, attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to achieve an elementary education teaching certification. Over the years, she taught at North Lee, McDonald and Black Fox Elementary. Later, Dianne got her master’s in special education.
She is well known throughout the community, as she taught early childhood and elementary education including homebound children for over 40 years. She is a leader in the Women’s Missionary Union and Baptist Children in Action for New Friendship Baptist Church, teaches Sunday School, loves reading and browsing antique/specialty shops.

Jack has a servant heart, leading in a variety of ways in the local farming community. He was a past president for Bradley County Farm Bureau, was on the River Valley Ag Credit Board of Directors, and was instrumental in the creation of the Charleston Cowpea Festival. He is currently serving on the Farm Bureau State Insurance Board, is a deacon and worship leader at New Friendship Baptist Church, and is active in the upkeep and planning for Camp Woodless, a 4-H camp he attended in his youth.
Dianne is now retired and Jack is as well (as much as a farmer can be). They enjoy travelling in their camper, reading, participating in ministry through their church, and spending time with their four grandchildren.

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