John L. Sanders, 94, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.He was born to Edward and Maggie Roberts Sanders. He was a well-known resident of Hixson and was a member of Hixson First Baptist Church. Mr. Sanders was a U.S. Marine Veteran of both World War II in which he received the Victory Medal and also the Korean Conflict. He was past Commander of American Legion Post 159 and former president of the Hamilton County Democrat Party.He was a well-known area baseball athlete, poet and was a noted songwriter having written and Published "The Ballad of Lookout Mountain" in 1963 as well many other songs and poems. He was a retired ironworker.He leaves behind to cherish his memories his loving wife of 54 years, Lorene Hanes Sanders; one son, Benny Sanders; four sisters and three brothers.He is survived by a son, Ernest "Buster" Sanders, of Soddy-Daisy; two daughters, Beverly Conner, of Soddy-Daisy and Alicia (James) Cambron, of Flatrock Ala. Several grandchildren, great and great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Chattanooga Memorial Park with Military Honors with Rev. Jimmy Walker officiating.The family will receive friends 2-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Childrens Hospital.You may visit our online register book at www.turnerfamilyfuneralhome.com.Arrangements by the Highway 58 Chapel of Turner Funeral Home, 3913 Webb Road. 423-622-3171.