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William Edward Saunders

April 25, 1987 ~ September 25, 2020 (age 33)


William Edward “Will” Saunders, 33, of Wake Forest went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, September 25, 2020 at WakeMed Hospital. He was the son of the late Wade Hampton Saunders Jr. and the late Peggy Tomlin Saunders.

Will was born and raised in Amherst, Virginia where he spent much of his time playing sports, attending church, and helping his father build homes. After Will moved to Raleigh in 2006, he served many non-profit organizations in various capacities including: establishing Converting Hearts Ministries residential program; marketing for many multimedia firms; and touching lives from behind the lens through his own videography and communications business. Will’s talents and knack for film were not only professionally rewarding, earning him two Regional Emmy Awards, but also personally rewarding as Will was always able to help others and influence many lives along the way.

Will was an avid sports fan who loved watching The Washington Redskins, New York Yankees, and #48 Jimmie Johnson. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outside with his family, whether he was playing in the yard with his children or going on evening walks and bike rides with them.

Will is remembered as a family man who adored his wife, Amy Haynes Saunders, and his son and daughter, Caleb Hampton and Emma Carrington. Having lost his parents as a teenager, Will had a special bond with Amy’s parents, Chris and Mary Kay Haynes of Hershey, PA. Will leaves countless stories and fond memories with his siblings: sister, Rachael Stull of Goode, VA; brother, Shawn Saunders (Molly) of Wake Forest; brother, Nathan Saunders (Lelia) of Monroe, VA; and brother-in-law Kevin Haynes (Kate) of Wake Forest. Also left to cherish his memory are nieces and nephews: Abigail and Aaron Stull; Grayson and Hadley Saunders; Landry and Kharis Saunders; and Elijah, Sam, Maddie, and Ezra Haynes. 

In lieu of flowers, tax deductible contributions can be made to support Will’s wife and children by contacting Michelle Colston of Helping Hands Ministry at or Richard Newton of the National Christian Foundation Carolinas at Additionally, support can be provided to the family through Will’s GoFundMe page online at

A celebration of Will’s life will be held on Saturday, October 10 at 2:00pm at New Life Camp in Raleigh. Due to COVID restrictions, masks will be required and attendance will be limited. RSVP will be required by all who wish to attend. Register at

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