Johnny Michael Sanders
Johnny Michael Sanders was born March 21, 1953, in Columbia, South Carolina, to the late Nezzie and Jimmy Sanders. At an early age, he attended Friendship Baptist and Bethlehem Baptist Church in Columbia and in 1998 professed his faith in Jesus Christ and joined Jerusalem Baptist Church in Galveston, Texas. Sanders attended Lyon Street Elementary and W. A. Perry Junior High. He graduated from C. A. Johnson Preparatory Academy and received an Associate degree in Applied Science in from San Jacinto College. Sanders is a Vietnam era veteran completing a sixteen-year career in the United States Navy in the Air Training Command Squadron. In that assignment, he served as an Aviation Ordnance man with the Jet Transitional Training Unity (JTTU) and supported returning American POW’s to jet flight status as pilots. Prior to leaving the Navy, he served with the Navy Attack Squadron as an Ordinance man on board the USS John F. Kennedy.
Sanders joined Hamilton Sundstrand Company and worked for more than twenty-two years with the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Group at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. As a member of the Engineering Directorate Crew Thermal System Division (CTSD), he was assigned as Project Engineer for preparation of the EMU for space flights. In that role he supported astronaut training and conducted final fit checks of the EMU for the Space Shuttle STS-1 astronauts prior to the first space shuttle flight. In addition, he was Lead Technician of the EMU Laboratory. During his tenure with the Johnson Space Center, Sanders received numerous awards for support in the Space Suit Development Lab. His most cherished awards include the Astronaut Personal Achievement Award (Silver Snoopy) 1983 STS-6 and the NASA Johnson Space Center Science Advisor 2000 and 2001.
Sanders was active in the Galveston, Texas, community until his decreasing health. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion Post 614 (Judge Adjutant), and the Jerusalem Baptist Church. He served as a presenter for the Challenger Learning Center, speaking in schools, churches, retirement homes and state museums.
Johnny is survived by his devoted and loving wife of thirty-eight years, Barbara Bornes Sanders, son James Michael Sanders (Nicole) of Houston; Sister Idella Thomas (Andrew); brothers: Gilbert Sanders, Fred Sanders (Deloris); grandchildren Kaitlyn Nicole Sanders, Kameron James Sanders, and Christopher Lawson Palmer. He leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
The Family will receive guest for public viewing and visitation, Thursday morning, April 24, 2014, from 9 AM until 10AM, at Carnes Funeral Home, 3100 Gulf Freeway, Texas City, TX. 77591. A Funeral Service will be held at 10AM sharp, also on April 24, 2014, at Carnes Funeral Home. Interment will follow immediately after the funeral, at Houston National Cemetery with full military honors. Memorial Can be Sent to the funeral home.