By Gloria Roemer
Charles “Sonny Boy” Saunders was escorted home to Winnie upon his arrival at Houston’s George P. Bush International Airport Thursday evening, December 2, in a procession led by the Chambers County Sheriff office and the Patriots Motorcycle Club. Saunders, of Stowell, was killed on December 7, 1941, while stationed on the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor.
Sonny Boy will be laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery at 10:30am, on Tuesday, December 7th, 80 years after his death. He will be buried with full military honors next to his parents, Melvin Alvin and Melina Falke Saunders.
If you wish to pay your respects to Saunders, the funeral motorcade will leave Broussard’s Mortuary in Winnie at 10:15 am. They will travel to the East Chambers ISD campuses where the school children will line the route around the schools waving flags. Saunders dropped out of East Chambers High School to join the Navy when he was just 17 years old. The motorcade will leave the school campuses and head to Fairview Cemetery.