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Michael Wayne Sanderson

Michael Wayne Sanderson passed away on Friday, March 6, 2015 after a short stay at Duke Hospice in Durham, N.C. Born on August 18, 1957 in Roanoke, Va., Mike moved to North Carolina as an adolescent and attended Cary High School and Wake County Technical Community College. After more than 20 years working in computer technology, Mike followed his dream and moved into his 400 square foot cabin in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. Over the next 15 years, he said he had the opportunity that many did not – to live the way he wanted and enjoy his “retirement years” in his forties.

Mike is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Jane Leonard Sanderson; his brother Gregg Anthony Sanderson; and his much valued companions over the years, Will, Allie and Sawyer.

Mike is survived by his father, Robert T. “Bucky” Sanderson and brother, Steve Sanderson of Raleigh; his sister, Susan Sanderson McLean, her husband Troy and their daughter, Colleen of Durham; and his sister-in-law, Angela Stancil Sanderson of Clinton. Mike will also be greatly missed by his constant companion and comfort over the past four years of his cancer diagnosis – Mable the Wonder Dog – who is now sharing her endless affection with Troy and Susan for as long as she is willing.

A self-described “recluse”, Mike spent a great deal of his time in the quiet and solitude of the Appalachian Mountains. He and Mable, however, were weekend regulars at Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway, greeting tourists and spending time with the rangers and volunteers. They also had many friends and fans in the towns of Stuart and Floyd and anywhere else they happened to venture.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, March 9 at 3:00pm. The family will be receiving guests at 5008 Theys Rd. in Raleigh on Monday, March 9, from 4:00-6:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation or Duke Home Care and Hospice. Condolences may be made online at