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Lawrence Sanders, 56, Pearlington

Lawrence Sanders of Pearlington is remembered as a man who loved his trucking work and who served his country in the Vietnam War.

"After Lawrence suffered a stroke, he would go back to the trucking office because he always wanted to truck again," said Rosa Jackson, a friend who attended the same school.

"He was a happy-go-lucky person who always had a smile for you," said Jackson. "Although he was a bit of a loner, he was quite personable when you got to know him."

His job was trucking, but his pastime was enjoying his motorcycle.

Sanders, 56, was a member of a club and liked to ride, Jackson said.

"My older brother graduated with Lawrence at Valena C. Jones High School in Bay St. Louis," recalled Jackson.

"I would take Lawrence food dishes, and he particularly liked my spaghetti and meatballs," remembered Jackson. "He was staying at his father's home on 11th Street, and we tried to get him to leave for the storm, because he'd had a stroke."

He wouldn't leave.

Sanders is survived by two daughters, a son and four grandchildren.