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GA Flags Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Gov. Sanders

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Posted at 5:39 AM, Nov 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-20 09:39:22-05

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal says flags at state buildings and grounds will fly at half-staff to honor former Gov. Carl Sanders, who died at age 89.

Sanders was a Democrat and served as governor from 1963 to 1967 after terms in the state House of Representatives and state Senate.

Sanders is remembered for work in education and improving Georgia's civil rights image. Sanders fell at his home Friday and relatives said he developed respiratory problems and died Sunday.

Deal called Sanders a mentor and a friend. The governor says a memorial service for Sanders is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. Deal says Sanders' family has asked that donations be made to the Metropolitan YMCA or the University of Georgia Law School.