Ernest Ray Saunders, age 73, of Hoschton, GA passed away Saturday, December 15, 2012 after a courageous battle against cancer. Mr. Saunders, a native of MO and a U.S. Army Veteran, loved traveling, the outdoors, fishing and anything to do with cars; especially his 1962 Corvette. He retired from a long career as a printer and business owner. He was a member of Center United Methodist Church. He is survived by his father Ernest N. Saunders of Camdenton, MO; wife of 34 years, Margaret “Georgia” Saunders; son Dennis W. Smith, Jr. of Dallas, TX; daughter Shelly Saunders Dampier of Milan, MO, daughter and son-in-law Kimberly R. and Steve Baran of Winder, GA, daughter-in-law Joni B. Smith of Seneca, SC, 11 grandchildren; Erin and Brett Fuller, Kacey Anne Banaszek, Kelly Baran, Cassi Dampier, Savana Dampier, Angelle Zeigler, Austin Zeigler, Devin Smith, Abigail Margaret Smith, Stella Smith and great grandchild Bentley Greybuffalo. Special friends Umut Bulut of TX and Chris Meseke of MO. He is preceded in death by his mother Ruth Gover Saunders. A Memorial Service will be held 3:00 PM Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Center United Methodist Church, 7641 Jackson Trail Rd, Hoschton, GA 30548. Pastor Blane Spence and Pastor Glenn Parrish will be officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at their residence 5967 Jackson Trail Rd, Hoschton, GA, Wednesday evening December 19. Donations can be made to the church building fund. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org.