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Dr. William Andrew Sadler Sr., 95, thought he had chores to do, had tennis matches to play and stories to write. However, he was called home on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

Dr. Sadler was joyously reunited with his parents, John Newt and Serena Ferrell Sadler; and three siblings, Edith Terry and Donald and Jesse Sadler.

Dr. Sadler’s life story is the quintessential American dream. He began life as a member of a farming family of meager means. He served his country in the Pacific Arena during World War II. On his G.I. bill, he continued his education, which put him on his lifetime path of education and teaching others. He attended Middle Tennessee State University and University of Tennessee. He was known as “coach” by both boys and girls’ sports teams. He taught in the classroom in Cannon County, Tennessee, before moving into the administration side of education. He was a principal at Mount Juliet, Tennessee, and at Woodbury High School in Woodbury, Tennessee. He was elected president of the Tennessee Education Association. He served as a superintendent of schools at both, Humboldt, Tennessee, school system and Elizabethtown City school systems before going to the Kentucky State Department of Education to serve as deputy controller of education. After retirement, he was a substitute teacher for many various schools. Dr. Sadler was a believer of the Baptist faith.

Surviving Dr. Sadler is his lovingly devoted wife of 69 years, Anna Kathryn Croft Sadler; a sister-in-law, Sara Jane Morel (Ernesto); a daughter, Billie Kathryn Sadler; a son, William Andrew Sadler Jr. (Cindy); his five grandchildren, Stephanie Shaw, Andrea Kreek (Karl), William Andrew Sadler III (Hannah), Alexis Thomas (James) and Brian Sadler (Erin); his 10 great-grandchildren, Savannah, Connor and Cooper Shaw, Isabella, Aspen and Arwyn Kreek, Gavin Sadler and Hope, Chloe and Lillian Thomas; his three siblings, Mae Holman, James (Peggy) Sadler and Winford, (Fran) Sadler; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

His absence is felt, until we again are reunited.

The funeral is at 11 a.m. Friday, July 22, at Harrod Brothers Funeral Home in Frankfort with Dr. Jack Brewer officiating.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Committal service is at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Gilley Hill Cemetery in Bradyville, Tennessee.

Serving as pallbearers will be Brian Sadler, Drew Sadler III, Conner Shaw, Cooper Shaw, James Thomas and Karl Kreek. Honorary pallbearers will be his former tennis partners.

Flowers are welcome and expressions of sympathy may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements are under the direction of Harrod Brothers Funeral Home & Crematory.

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