Dewey Sanders, Sanders Utility Construction, Charlotte, NC
Floyd Dewey Sanders was born on January 21, 1939 to James Paul and Sara Sanders in Charlotte, N.C. His birthplace became the community he lived and worked his entire life. Dewey graduated West Mecklenburg High School in 1957 and, several months later, married Hazel McSwain – his high school sweetheart.
Dewey, along with his brother - Jimmy, and his father began landscaping yards when the community housing development started emerging in Charlotte during the 1950’s. Their work gave them insight for the need of private water wells and septic systems. During this time, J.P. Sanders and Sons, a construction company, was formed. In 1966, additional visions led Dewey and Jimmy to form the incorporation of Sanders Brothers, Inc. which was licensed to bid heavy utility municipal projects.
Dewey had a keen knowledge of the industry and an uncanny ability to teach those around him. Many professionals in the industry reached out to him for his expert advice and insight, especially when the job at hand seemed impossible to accomplish. His ability in finding a solution and encouraging those with what appeared to be the unworkable, Dewey taught those how to tackle the job in parts instead of the overwhelming whole.
In 1997, Dewey and Hazel Sanders, along with partnering key employees, lead the way to establish Sanders Utility Construction Co., Inc., the current company known for its quality and integrity in the Charlotte metro area.
Dewey was a man of his word and believed in a firm handshake as a binding agreement. Simply, he could be trusted. A written legal contract with signatures, witnesses, attests, drawn blood, first born child, etc. frustrated him to no end.
Dewey Sanders was a very compassionate person for all those involved in his life. The employees were always considered family and treated by him as such. He was so very gracious in lending money, helping to find suitable housing for families, reliable transportation and countless other goodwill gestures to those who were struggling. Those employees’ trials influenced Dewey to help the ones in need – mostly when the help was not asked for.
Dewey would be so proud of his legacy. The Company is still strong today and its insights and visions are expanding even further into the heavy utility construction industry with the same determination as it was founded upon. If he were here today, he would still be mentoring with his encouragement and wisdom.
Today, his wife, two daughters, son, son-in-law and two grandsons are a vital part of the family business of 60+ years. All six of his grandchildren have worked at the company during summer breaks while in school. They believe that Dewey would not want any recognition without passing it on to his extended family who include all past and present employees of Sanders Utility Construction Co., Inc.