Sanders honored, roasted during ceremony


Jimmy Sanders, former mayor of Havelock, enjoys a laugh at a ceremony honoring his 40 years of service last week at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 08:33 AM.

Tom Braaten set the tone for last week’s celebration honoring former Havelock mayor Jimmy Sanders.

Braaten, a retired Marine Corps commanding general at Cherry Point, pointed out that Sanders had served in the Air Force.

“Everybody’s entitled to one mistake, and that was his,” Braaten joked.

And, so began an endless slew of stories and jokes about Sanders, from the time he burned down a dugout when he tried to dry a wet softball field by setting it on fire to his work at Fleet Readiness Center East — or lack thereof, according to co-worker Bruce Styron.

“People would always ask how Jimmy made his money, and he had a job on base. I know because I’m the guy who did all of his work,” Styron joked.

But between the jokes, there was recognition for Sanders’ service to the Havelock Fire and Rescue Department, to youth sports, to the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation, and of course, to the city as a Havelock commissioner and mayor.

“I know a lot of people who love Havelock,” Styron said. “But no one loves Havelock like Jimmy Sanders.”

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