No longer mayor, Sanders to remain part of Havelock


Jimmy Sanders speaks at an Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation fundraiser earlier this year. After eight years, Sanders will no longer be Havelock's mayor after today, but he will remain a part of the community.

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Published: Monday, December 9, 2013 at 08:57 AM.

Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders has always believed that being a part of the community makes the community better.

In that sense, Sanders — who has served Havelock in various civic, church and volunteer efforts over the last 40 years and in city government for 29 years — has had a hand in making Havelock a pretty good community. 

“A good citizen is someone who has a positive influence in the community,” Sanders said.

Sanders’ eight years as mayor of the city he loves ends today when Will Lewis is officially sworn in to the city’s top post after November’s election.

Sanders, 66, the son of one of Havelock’s first town board members, returned to the city after serving in the Air Force in the 1970s. He immediately began to volunteer with the Havelock Little League.

 “He put a lot of time and a lot of effort into it,” said fellow league volunteer Doug Franks. “He held several offices and he was a manager and he had real good times and he was real hard to beat.

“I think he was very patient and he did a good job with his parents and with his ball teams. He put an awful lot of time and effort into it and he did a good job in both of the leagues, Little League and Babe Ruth. He’s been totally committed to them.”

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