He died Sunday, August 4, 2013, at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville. Burial will be in Greenville Cemetery under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville.
Mr. Sanders was a Delta native and longtime Greenville resident. He was born on January 28, 1942, in Darlove and grew up in Anguilla. He was a proud veteran and served in the United States Army from 1966-1968.
He was a leader in the Mississippi petroleum industry with 44 years of experience taking care of the energy needs of the Mississippi Delta. Allen was the founder of Mid-South Petroleum, Sanders Oil Company, co-founder of Petro Mark, and Sanders Resource. He was employed by Serv-U-Petroleum. He was also a founding member of the American Fuel Producers, a leader in refining technology.
Mr. Sanders is survived by his wife, Paula Harper Sanders of Greenville; son, Walter "Buddy" Allen Sanders Jr. of Starkville; a sister, Ann Arnold of Southaven; stepson, Harper Cribbs Ross of Leland; two step-daughters, Stephanie Ross Stewart of Oxford and April Ross Barranco of Cumming, Ga.; and seven grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at Boone Funeral Home.