HEATHSVILLE—Dixie Epting Sanderlin was called to her heavenly home on June 13, 2022, at the age of 81.
Born in High Point, North Carolina, on August 18, 1940, to Joe and Susie Epting, she was the proud older sister to her three younger brothers, JC, Jim and Bob. Dixie graduated from High Point High School in 1958. Upon graduation, she went on to attend High Point College. Dixie married William Snider Jr. in 1961 and welcomed her only son, William “Bill” Snider III, in 1963.
After her husband’s tragic death in 1962, Dixie turned her attention to raising Bill and planned to study to become a doctor. In 1965, she met Richard “Dick” Goertemiller whom she married in 1966. They moved to Virginia and settled on the Chesapeake Bay where together they founded the Chesapeake Bay Magazine in 1971 and spent their summers sailing. They were married for 46 years and were active and devout members of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church.
After Dick’s death in 2013, Dixie continued to focus her attention to the church, where she was an organist for many years and was an active member of the building committee at Light of Christ Anglican Church. It was there that she met her loving husband, Jim Sanderlin. They married in 2016 and remained devoted members of the church.
Dixie is preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Susie Epting; and her husbands, William Snider Jr., Richard Goertemiller and Jim Sanderlin.
She is survived by her loving son, Bill Snider and wife, Lisa. Dixie was blessed with three granddaughters, Kris Wheat and husband, Kevin, Samantha Joe Snider and Hannah Bay O’Brien and husband, Ryan. Her blessings also include five great-grandchildren, Jack Wheat, Sophie Wheat, Hutch Wheat, Krew O’Brien and Scarlet O’Brien. She is survived by her three brothers, JC Epting, Jim Epting and wife, Tami, and Bob Epting; along with many other family members and dear friends, all beloved.
Dixie will be remembered most for her love of family and friends, her giving spirit, sharp wit, fondness of gardening and wildlife, and faithfulness to the Lord.
A celebration of Dixie’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at Light of Christ Anglican Church in Heathsville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Anglican Frontier Missions at www.anglicanfrontiers.com/donate; or the benevolence fund at Light of Christ Anglican Church at P.O. Box 609 Heathsville, VA 22473.