Charles Daniel Saunders

Born on June 29, 1946

Departed on July 20, 2019 and resided in Joelton, TN

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Charles Daniel Saunders “Cotton”, of Joelton, Tennessee, passed away at the age of 73 on July 20, 2019. He was born to Nelda Traughber and Elmo Saunders and remained their only child. Charles married Pat Reid in January 1967.

Charles was a machinist by trade before serving honorably in the army during the Vietnam conflict. Charles moved his family to Colorado where he lived for 16 years while working at Rocky Flats, again serving his country, as a cold war patriot. Returning to Nashville in 1993, he was able to care for his parents before retiring.

Though Charles had serious health problems of his own, related to the service of his country, his passion the last 20 years was to fight for the rights and benefits coverage for fellow service men and women.

Charles is survived by his loving Wife of 52 years ‐ Pat Saunders; daughter ‐ Susan Saunders; son, Daniel (Sara) Saunders.

A Celebration of Life service will be on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at 12PM, at West Harpeth Funeral Home with Charlie Spillers officiating. Interment will follow at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens.

Visitation with the family will be on Friday from 3PM until 7PM, and on Saturday from 11AM until the service time at 12PM at West Harpeth Funeral Home on Charlotte.

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11 Comments to Mr. Charles Daniel Saunders

  1. Ed Glaser says:

    So sorry…life speeds by so fast
    My heart felt condolences

  2. Howard L Saunders says:


  3. Caroline Cooper says:

    Godspeed my cousin. Love and hugs to the rest of the extended family. We lost a friend and a noble warrior.

  4. Barbara Krause says:

    May you Rest in Peace, CD. May God comfort your Family. Thank you very much for your Service, Sir!

  5. George and Terrie Barrie says:

    Charles will be sorely missed. It was an honor to get to know and work with him in his quest to get his co-workers at Rocky Flats fairly compensated.

    Our condolences to his family.

    George and Terrie Barrie

  6. Gloria Wheelersburg says:

    Condolences to all of the family. My name is Gloria, my parents are Cipriano and Faye Gonzales who lived next door to Mr Saunders and the family in Dacono, Colorado.

  7. Rhonda Nielsen says:

    Cotton was a very good man. My heart goes out to the family and the Rocky Flats family too. He will be missed immensely!

  8. Robert Jenner says:

    Brother Charles was a Master Mason of the Free and Accepted Masons of Mississippi. As the Worshipful Master of West Nashville Phoenix lodge #131, it is our honor to perform the masonic funeral service for Brother Charles and his family.

    The labors of our brother taught him to divest his heart and conscience of the vices and superfluities of life, thereby fitting his soul as a living stone for that spiritual building, that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Strengthened in his labors here by faith in God and encouraged by the hope of immortality, he has sought admittance into the celestial Lodge above.

    Our Masonic career was begun with an expression of our faith in God. Step by step we were taught that in God we live and move and have our being. We learned that He is the Great Architect of the Universe, in which there is order, plan and design. These truths give us strength for our labors and enable us to endure the pains, the disappointments, and losses of life with the assurance that he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.

    We will miss our departed brother, but know with heart felt confidence, that we will meet again as the Great Architect of the Universe has planned it. Brother Charles was a good brother in the lodge helping others and the current brothers are here to help his family in any way we can.

  9. Deb Cochran says:

    Dear Pat, Daniel, and Susan,

    We remember all of you fondly from your time here in Colorado. May God grant you comfort and strength during this time of sadness. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

    In Christian love, Jim and Deb Cochran

  10. John and Carol Edrington says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. We were blessed to be y’all’s neighbors in Firestone. Our lives have been intertwined ever since. Charles, you will be very missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  11. Colaprete Linda says:

    The world is a sadder place without the joy and thoughtfulness that you brought to others, CD. I remember your fun-loving shenanigans and clowning around when we were young. You always brought joy and a smile to my face. I didn’t see you as often as we grew up, but when we did meet it was with loving kindness and concern. Your compassion for others is remarkable and it has been my honor to have you in our extended family.

    Our condolences to the family and our prayers are with you all.

    Cuz, Linda , husband Ed, my Dad and the rest of the family.

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