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Lawrence Scott (Bob) Sansing

Lawrence Scott (Bob) Sansing, age 86 of Lebanon passed away April 7, 2024, at Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital. Funeral service will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 13, 2024, at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Pastor David Freeman officiating. Visitation Friday 4-6 PM and Saturday 10 -11 AM at Ligon & Bobo. Interment with military honors will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Born February 13,1938, in Greenville, Mississippi. He is the son of the late William Barnes Sansing and Ethel Gaffney Sansing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Tom, Jim, John “Bud”, and David Sansing; sisters, Janie Buchanan, Mary Louise “Pook” Jennings, and Laura Mae “Lollie” Lundy; and niece, Debby Casler.

He leaves behind his wife of over sixty-five years, Faye East Sansing; daughters, Cheryl (Terry) Payne of Asheville, NC, and Leslie (Kurt) Zellner of Lebanon; grandchildren, Zachary Payne, Bailee Zellner and Luke Zellner; His sister Margaret Waits of Lafayette, Louisiana and his sister-in-law Elizabeth Sansing of Oxford, Mississippi along with 19 nieces and nephews.

He married his high school sweetheart Faye East in 1958. His love of airplanes inspired him to join the United States Air Force. He proudly served from 1958-1962.  He then began a 38-year career in the airline industry. His career came with many airline mergers. He began with Southern Airlines which later became Republic Airlines and then Northwest Airlines. After retiring in from Northwest Airlines, he then worked for the Knoxville Airport Authority from 2000-2004, and last for Manheim Auto Auction.

After many transfers across the United States throughout his career, he and his wife Faye settled in Lebanon, Tennessee in the fall of 2004. During his life, he served in ten churches, last being at First Baptist Church in Lebanon where served as a deacon for many years. He enjoyed playing golf for several years in the Wednesday afternoon men’s group at Hunters Point. His sense of humor and his love of family is something he will always be remembered for. He was a very proud Papa and never missed a chance to talk about his grandkids.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Centennial Adult Day Care for their years of loving care, Anna our home caregiver, and the doctors and nurses at Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital and Gentiva Hospice for their compassionate loving care during the final week of his life.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to First Baptist Church of Lebanon, Tn or Gideon Bibles in memory of him.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon (615) 444-2142 www.ligonbobo.com

Messages for the Family

  1. David Sansing Jr says:
    Uncle Bob was “one of a kind”. He made his family and friends laugh out loud. My Father loved his little brother and now they are reunited with each other and the other brothers and sisters. Our family has a remarkable History that we must pass down to the next generation. Condolences to the family and remember we love you.
  2. Jae Gooden (she,her, hers) says:
    “Bobster” is what I called him. Bob had a great sense of humor and he brought a lot of laughter to our Center. He loved to share stories about his childhood, growing up in Mississippi and his time working in the airline industry. We would often get a special treat when he’d sing his favorite song Moon River.
    The Centennial Family sends our deepest condolences. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you Faye for trusting us with Dear Bob, he will truly be missed here and always remembered.
  3. Melba Jobe says:
    4/10/2024@2:06 PM; Extending Sincere Heartfelt Condolences & Scriptures from The Book Of Psalm.
  4. Mary Jane Day says:
    I have to agree with what David said. Bob was “one of a kind”. He always had kind words for you and was always making us laugh. I was honored to sing with him at one of our family gatherings. I know he is loving singing in Heaven and talking with his brothers and sisters. Love and prayers for you Faye, Cheryl, Leslie and your families. We love y’all.
  5. Jeannie and Perry Sansing says:
    Bob was part of a large and loving family. Bob was the most fun uncle in a large family of uncles. I always remember at Thanksgiving at BC and Lollie’s when it was time to eat we would all be playing football in the yard. We would hear, “Boys it’s time to come in and eat. You too Bob.” He was out in the middle of us. I know how close he and my Dad were. They are together again.
  6. Elizabeth Sansing says:
    Bob was my brother- law. Thinking of Bob words like gentle, kind,witty and easy to be with come to mind. He and Faye made a loving home for their sweet family and David and I, and other family members spent many happy times with them. Bob was from a large amazing family. His life was a testament to the love he had for his family and always for his church wherever he and Faye lived. I will smile when I remember him. Thank you Bob for spreading happiness to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing you.
  7. Elaine Pearson says:
    Bob was a joy to work with in our English as a Second Language program at FBC. He loved his students even though he didn’t always know what they were saying. His smile made students know they were welcome. Bob’s picture is in the 200th anniversary corner stone of FBC with other ESL teachers
    • Sharon Failor says:
      Bob was always away of sunshine in our Sunday Class at FBC. Always enjoyed listing to Bob and Tom when they talked about their service for Our Country. Very interning and enjoyable. Bob alway had a smile on his face. So glad I got to know Bob. and you Faye and sweet Luke. Sorry never really meet rest of grandkids but know they were his pride and joy