Sanders honored, roasted during ceremony

Published: Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 08:33 AM.

“What am I thankful for about being an elected official all these years? Danny is probably near the top of the list,” he said. “If I had never come back to serve on the board in 2001, I never would have had the opportunity to serve on the board with Danny Walsh, and both of us would have left this life not knowing what good friends we were meant to me.”

He also thanked retiring city manager Jim Freeman.

“I’m going to give you a scoop: Sometimes, six elected officials don’t see eye to eye,” Sanders said. “But, Jim was great at keeping the waters calm, and I appreciate it and I appreciate everything he has done for the city of Havelock.”

He also thanked his family for years of support.

“I think family, they are the ones who have to put up the most with us being elected officials,” he said. “People will say something to my wife, my niece. They will say something to you that they wouldn’t say to me, and you all have a very special place in my heart.”

He particularly thanked his wife Cherrie, but also couldn’t resist a joke.

“We got married on Friday the 13th. They said it wouldn’t last, and they may be right. I don’t know,” he said. “And, she was from New Bern, bless her heart, but we have converted this child.”

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