History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.

Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.

Our Valued Staff

  • A Tradition of Caring

    A Tradition of Caring

    Our Mission is to continue the tradition of excellence that was started by the Sanders Family in 1931; providing compassionate leadership and quality service with integrity for all families in their time of loss.

  • Sam Sparkman

    Sam Sparkman Great-Grandson of Founder/Owner

    35 Years of ExperienceThe building of relationships with family members whom I have assisted is most meaningful to me. It is rewarding to serve others during their time of loss and seeing them adjust through the grief process to their new normal. It has been, and always will be, a privilege to walk with them during this difficult time.

  • Loyd Sanders Jr.

    Loyd Sanders Jr. Grandson of Founder/Owner

    32 Years of ExperienceThere is a personal satisfaction I get from each family we serve, which in many cases lead to life-long friendships. A new aspect that I value is my relationship with Mikey, our therapy dog; watching people respond to his calming presence. What means so much to me is when family members express their appreciation. Then I know I’ve given my best.

  • Freddy Thomas

    Freddy Thomas Family Service

    38 Years of ExperienceI enjoy working in the at-need area. I feel good at the end of the day knowing that I have treated people the way I want to be treated.

  • Donnie Fortenberry

    Donnie Fortenberry FDLIC Agent/Aftercare and Pre-Arrangement Specialist

    19 Years of ExperienceOver the years of serving families, I have received great satisfaction in helping them prepare in advance for end of life decisions. The greatest reward I receive is when someone who has lost their loved one comes to me afterwards and thanks me for helping them through their loss and then understands the benefit of protecting themselves and their loved ones. God has truly equipped me with a wonderful ministry.

  • Katie Kouth

    Katie Kouth

    Two Years ExperienceI love all aspects of my job from small details to interacting with family members. Being able to make a positive impact with a family is what I strive to do.

  • Rosemary Patterson

    Rosemary Patterson Chaplain/Grief-Bereavement Counselor

    25+ years of experienceI am honored and blessed to be serving with some of the kindest people in Lubbock. The owners and staff of Sanders Funeral Home serve with ideals of highest integrity and hearts that care deeply; dedicated to providing exceptional care for each family. My greatest joy comes from lovingly meeting each family member where they are on their road to wholeness.

  • Claude Lobstein

    Claude Lobstein Part Time Funeral Director

    50 Years of ExperienceI answered the call to the funeral profession 50 years ago to help and serve families in West Texas. After working at Sanders 5 years, I was employed by the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center for 43 years. In my retirement I have returned to Sanders Funeral Home doing what I love and helping others.

  • Viddy Mejia

    Viddy Mejia Funeral Assistant

    2 Years of Experience Working in this industry has taught me much more than what I ever imagined. Being able to connect and understand each family’s situation by talking to them is what I love most. I will always be there for each individual to help and support them in any way I can.

  • Mike  Hollers

    Mike Hollers Part Time Funeral Director

    17 Years of Experience I have been in the funeral business since 2002, working in almost every area of the business. As a Funeral Director, serving others in a time of grief and despair brings great satisfaction to me, because losing a loved one is one of the most stressful experiences anyone can have.