LIVES LIVED WELL
Wally Sanderlin did not say goodbye. Instead, he left a room with the phrase, "Be of good cheer," taken from John 16:33 of the Bible. Such words were not only testament to Sanderlin's bubbly personality and bright perspective, but a reflection of his devout Christian beliefs, which guided him throughout his life. Known in Orlando as City Commissioner Emeritus, having served for 20 years, anyone who knew Sanderlin well knew his faith was integral to everything he did.
"This man was consistent. This man was involved. He stayed engaged," said Charles Horton, who was Sanderlin's pastor at College Park Baptist church for 25 years. According to Horton, Sanderlin's involvement as chairman in several organizations was an organic result of his love for his community. Waldron Manley "Wally" Sanderlin, 89, of Orlando died November 26, 2014 from an aneurysm.
His tenure began when he was 29 in 1954 and included an array of monumental moments for the city.
In August 1955, the Pensacola Jaycees and Orlando Kiwanis teams played in the first interracial youth baseball game in Orlando. But a petition to stop the game led to an emergency meeting of the council, where a recommendation from attorney Don Senterfitt and a unanimous vote enabled the game to go on, District 3 Commissioner Robert Stuart said. "We're gonna play baseball. That's what we're going to do, we're going to play baseball. Orlando is not going to be known for this," Stuart recalled Sanderlin saying.
Sanderlin was also the only person alive who could recount being on the city council in 1963, just after the formation of the Inter-Racial Relations Committee. George Stuart, who served for a brief time with Sanderlin when he became city commissioner in 1972, posed the question of what Walt Disney would have thought had Orlando handled issues of segregation in the same way as other communities such as St. Augustine.
"Here's a man who was a part of (Orlando's) history for sixty years. Where we are today is on the shoulders of people like Wally Sanderlin," George Stuart said. Sanderlin's leadership influenced developments such as the Orlando International Airport, the expansion of OUC to include a new power plant and the completions of the BeeLine and East-West expressways. "All of those issues were controversial and required leadership. The BeeLine disrupted homes, businesses, all that stuff. But today, in retrospect, where would we be without it?" Stuart said.
Professionally, he was a builder. Sanderlin also served his community via Edgewood Children's Ranch and Water Is Life. He taught Sunday school for about four decades and traveled to Israel and Haiti on mission trips, said Horton.
Those who knew him called him a visionary. "You could drop him anywhere and it was like a lightning strike," said his daughter Judy Squillante, 61, of Longwood. She described her father as always looking to improve things, always progressive.
"He's the guy kind of guy that you just wanted around you. You always felt better when you spent time with Wally," Horton said.
In addition to JoAnne and Judy, Sanderlin is survived by daughter Janet Rouhier of Lake Mary-Sanford; his wife Jacqueline C. Sanderlin of Winter Garden; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Donations in honor of Wally Sanderlin may be made to Water is Life Ethopia, continuing the work of Wally's passion for those in need of safe water in Ethiopia as well as to see the love of Jesus in action.
July 17, 1925 - November 26, 2014
Steve Silver, 68, died March 20th, 2016 after a brief illness. When Steve discovered that his lifelong passion and fascination for water as a precious resource that needs to be protected and shared was a great match with the goals and mission of Water Is Life International’s work in Ethiopia, he became a founding member of the its Board of Directors in 2006.
A Vietnam War veteran and retired police officer, Steve was a great advocate and energetic volunteer making eight trips to Ethiopia where his heart was broken by the extreme conditions of poverty and the hardships women face carrying heavy loads of contaminated water on their backs for their children to drink.
Even more so, his heart was blessed by the genuine love he experienced from these same people as they shared their meager belongings, yet rich lives, with him.
Steve loved the work of drilling new wells that supplied villages with clean water that, for the first time, allowed the villagers a chance to bend the arc of life toward hope. Steve’s life of caring, involvement, commitment and mirroring the hands and feet of Christ inspired many, and will continue to inspire us in the years ahead.
Please help honor Steve’s wish that donations in his memory be made to Water Is Life International, Inc., by making a contribution right now. Your gift will let Water Is Life continue transforming lives and offering hope – one well, one village, one life at a time.
1948 - 2016
Board of Directors 2006 - 2016
At an age when many start thinking about retirement, Betty Stuart quit her job and traveled to Ethiopia determined to carry her life of service abroad. It was there she realized her passion for empowerment and decided to join Water is Life International. That was three years ago. She was 65.
Ethiopia changed her. She was struck by the poverty but also by her ability to help. She was nervous about the change but later described her thinking: ‘Do you stay in your comfort zone or take this opportunity to step out and go on this big adventure? I feel like my job is my calling, to do something that impacts lives of women and children on the other side of the world.’
Water is Life International will be used to continue the important work Betty started in Ethiopia-- not only in providing clean water for remote communities, but also in building those communities with Sustainable Living Teams. She believed these groups were the future for these communities--providing education, resources, support, and empowerment where it is desperately needed
The Stuart family set up a fundraising page in Betty Stuart's memory. Please consider being a part of her legacy of helping others with her life of selfless service to others.
October 22, 1947 - January 6, 2016
Board of Directors 2013 - 2016
William Marvin (Bill) Osteen passed away peacefully in the presence of family on June 2, 2017. He was born on November 23, 1933, in Trenton Florida, and graduated from Waldo High School. After serving in the US Marine Corp, he returned to Florida and attended Jones Business College. A career in consumer lending ensued, culminating in his retirement from Barnett Bank (now Bank of America) after twenty years’ service.
He was an active member of Church on the Drive (formerly College Park Baptist Church). He participated in two mission trips, one to Kenya and one on behalf of Water Is Life International, Inc. in Ethiopia. During his lifetime, he enjoyed sports, woodworking, nature, travelling, photography, and spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of almost forty-five years, Margaret Green Osteen, as well as
William "Bill" Osteen
1933 - 2017
three daughters: Viggo Casey (Larry) of Odessa, Mary Kay Davies (Albert) of Cocoa, and Amy Hulen (Dan) of Stuart, along with nine grandchildren: Brian Casey (Francesca) of St. Petersburg, Jeff Casey of Odessa, Tyler Osteen of Longwood, Travis Osteen of Atlanta, and Grace, Noah, Annaliese, Coraline, and Marabelle Hulen, all of Stuart, along with one great-grandchild, Ava Casey of St. Petersburg. Bill is also survived by two brothers: SJ Osteen (Tiny) of Starke and Franklin Osteen (Linda) of Alachua.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 9, at 11:00 a.m. at Church on the Drive, 1914 Edgewater Drive, Orlando FL 32804, followed by a reception at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to Church on the Drive or to Water is Life Ethiopia, 916 Valencia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32804.