Paul W. Sanders III ’54

Dr. Paul W. Sanders III, a dedicated physician and beloved member of the Charleston community, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. He leaves behind a legacy of compassion and professionalism that will be cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Born on August 21, 1932 in Charleston, SC, Dr. Sanders was the son of Dr. Paul W. Sanders, Jr. and Florence Weaver Sanders.

He attended Charleston High School before pursuing higher education at The Citadel and Davidson College. Dr. Sanders then went on to the Medical College of SC in 1957, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Fraternity.

During his time at the Medical College of SC, he met the love of his life, Iona Waters Edwards, whom he was happily married to for 67 years. Dr. Sanders continued his medical training with internships and residencies at various prestigious institutions before returning to Charleston to establish a successful urology practice alongside his father. A Diplomat of both the American College of Surgery and American Board of Urology, Dr. Sanders was highly respected within his field. He was active in numerous medical societies and held leadership positions at Roper Hospital while maintaining a strong connection to his faith as a lifelong member of Bethel United Methodist Church. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Dr. Sanders had a passion for photography and was known for his exceptional skill as an amateur photographer.

Dr. Paul W. Sanders III is survived by his devoted wife, Iona Sanders; loving daughters Brenda Sanders (Mario Portela), Diane Davis (Tim), and Lorraine Stockman (Chip); grandchildren Miranda Manack (John), Winston Davis, Amelia Stockman, Chandler Davis (Mari), and Jacob Stockman; great-grandson Knox Manack; sister Neltie Sanders Linker; nieces; nephews; and his loyal canine companion Foxie, who remained faithfully by his side until the end. The family wishes to extend special thanks to Akeia Anderson, Dorthea Asbury, Ann Shaw, Deloris Dodier, and the Crescent Hospice care team for their exceptional care.

A visitation at 10:00 am followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at Bethel United Methodist Church 57 Pitt St., Charleston, SC. Interment will take place privately at Magnolia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Bethel United Methodist Endowment Fund in honor of Dr. Paul W. Sanders III. Dr. Paul W. Sanders III will be remembered for his unwavering dedication to healthcare, his artistic talent behind the lens, and most importantly, his profound impact on those around him as a caring husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Rest in peace, Dr. Paul W. Sanders III – your kindness and expertise will forever be treasured in our hearts. Condolences can be shared with the family at