No longer mayor, Sanders to remain part of Havelock

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

Henry Sermons worked with Sanders for Havelock Babe Ruth.

“He’s a good man,” Sermons said. “The thing about Jimmy is you know where you stand. There ain’t no twilight zone. It’s black and white. And you’ve got to respect a person like that. He’s a true friend.”

Sanders and Sermons go way back, to days when they attended the Atlantic Coast Conference basketball tournament together.

“The only real, real problem I’ve ever had with Jimmy, in the 40 or 50 years we’ve known one another, is he’s a damn diehard State fan and he hates Carolina,” Sermons joked.

Sanders has long stopped managing Babe Ruth baseball teams, but he still acts as a Babe Ruth assistant state commissioner.

“I’m a little old to be out there keeping up with 15-year-old kids, but they need me for programs,” Sanders said. “I still see people out there who played ball for me, and they are out there with their children and in some cases with their grandchildren. It’s a great feeling.”

Sermons said Sanders put Havelock first, even when it meant the two of them and brother Ray Sanders took a loan out themselves to purchase a crash truck for the fire department after the city board rejected the purchase.

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