Dr. Bill Sanderlin

Dr. Bill Sanderlin

July 10, 1926 - February 4, 2015

Dr. Bill Sanderlin, 88, passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2015. 

Born July 10, 1926, in Memphis, TN, he was the son of the late Thomas Edwin and Minnie Sanderlin. 

He was a member of Mt. Zion Church of Christ and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Dr. Sanderlin tirelessly and joyfully served Corbin and the surrounding area for many years.  His passion for the art and science of medicine was powered by his faith in God and his love for people.  Although he practiced medicine in several other communities, he chose to spend his final years in the hands of the community he had loved the most.  His family would like to express their deepest gratitude for every kindness they have received in return.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 65 years, Marion “Mari’Lee” Sanderlin; his two daughters: Leesa Marks and husband Michael of Tinton Falls, NJ, and Kacy Sanderlin Taylor and husband Michael of Atlanta, GA; and his grandchildren: Evan Taylor and Melissa Marks, as well as other relatives and numerous friends to mourn his passing.

A memorial celebration will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the Corbin Technology Center, 222 Corbin Center Drive, Corbin, KY 40701.

In lieu of flowers, Dr. Sanderlin wanted donations to be made to either the Laurel County Health Department, 525 Whitley St., London, KY 40741, Attn. Mark Hensley (606)864-5187); or the Whitley County Health Department, 368 Penny Lane, Williamsburg, KY 40769, Attn. Vickie Lawson (606-549-3380).  A donation box will be placed at the memorial service.



  • Dr. France Mosley
    Posted at 18:21h, 07 February Reply

    Dr. Sanderlin delivered my first two babies. He taught me to respect myself when I presented in 1981 as an 18yr old just-married girl. By the way, I’m still married to the then 19yr old baby Daddy. Dr. Sanderlin told me I could still go to med school and said, “Hold your head up. You’re a woman now.” And he did it so casually, I felt like he didn’t even have to think about it – that he just told me what he thought about me. When I presented 3yrs later, pregnant again, I asked if I could still goto med school with 2 kids, he said, “I have 2 kids and I’m a doctor.” And again, his casual reply suggested to me that he really thought I could do it. And I was a cash-pay, uninsured student patient . Dr. Sanderlin made me feel like he believed in me. And when I graduated from UK College of Medicine in 2001, I thought of him as I walked across the stage to get my diploma. I hope that I can comfort, encourage and inspire my patients as much as Dr. Sanderlin did for me.
    Dr. France
    Francine R. Mosley, MD, MAEd

  • Jackie Burgess
    Posted at 19:18h, 07 February Reply

    Dr. Sanderlin was a great person and great doctor. I know that you went above and beyond in his care for me while I was pregnant with my twins almost 29 years ago. I went into premature labor and was shipped to Lexington. Dr Sanderlin went in the ambulance with me to Lexington. I don’t many doctors that would do. He was on vacation also during my pregnancy and I had taken a fall, he called me every day while he was on vacation to make sure I was doing ok. He also did the same after I delivered and he went out town calling back to make sure my babies and I were ok. He was a very compassionate and soft spoken man. He will be remembered as a very special person in my life and my children. Rest in Peace Dr. Sanderlin. Thank you for all that you did for my family and me.

  • Denny Liford
    Posted at 00:07h, 08 February Reply

    Deepest condolences. Dr. Sanderlin was a great doctor and human being. He delivered my daughter in 1979.

  • Nettie Sue Beckner
    Posted at 00:26h, 08 February Reply

    My deepest condolences, Dr Sanderlin deliveried all my children and he was a good friend of the Beckner family going to muss him very much he went above and beyound for him patiences he is greatly going to be missed

  • Rita Miracle
    Posted at 03:28h, 08 February Reply

    Dr. Sanderlin delivered both my children in the mid 80’s. He treated you as if you were his own daughter. Always willing to listen to your concerns and fears. He filled you with confidence as a new mother that you could be a good one. His wife told me once that as a young man he felt God led him to work in this area as a mission. In his humble, quiet, way, he spoke volumes in how someone shares God’s love with another human being. The most amazing thing I remember about him is that even after I had moved out of the area for a couple of years, I ran into him in Lexington and he still remembered me and my boy’s names. God did share him with us for 88 years and we were blessed.

  • Glenda McCoy Newsome
    Posted at 04:14h, 08 February Reply

    Prayers for the family of one special man and doctor who has touched many lives in different ways. I met him when I went to work in the OB department at Corbin hospital many years ago. I remember going into the delivery room my first time ever he was delivering a patients baby as I stood there watching getting weak in the knees. He politely got up from his delivery stool and pushed it over to me so I could sit before I fainted. So kind and understanding. We laughted about it later. But he knew I was scared at the time. I finally got use to it. He has always been my favorite doctor. Rest in peace kind sir.

  • Dale Truett Grubb
    Posted at 05:08h, 08 February Reply

    Dr. Sanderlin delivered my last 2 children, in 1979, an last one in 1981, 2 girls, and he was truly him an his wife the most caring person I have seen in a long time. My husband had left me an I was pregnant with my last one, He took time to console me, over an over an his wife to. also sent me to another dr. to have a hysterectomy because I had 4 big children over 9lb. he let me know my kids was what was important. He to advised me to trust God keep my head up He will truly be missed by many, an remembered for his devotion toward human life, May he rest in peace an praying God’s grace an comfort for his wife an family. be proud you had a good husband an dad an grandpa I suppose. God bless you all. I have over come my kids are all grown an I’m thankful

  • Diane
    Posted at 05:09h, 08 February Reply

    always loved Dr. sanderlin he delivered my daughter in 1984.

  • Karen Lawless
    Posted at 05:44h, 08 February Reply

    Dr. Sanderlin was a wonderful Christian man. He was a very caring, compassionate doctor who truly loved the medical profession and the people he served. He delivered both of our daughters. He helped us so many times throughout the years and I’ll always remember his kindness. He treated me for a thyroid problem for many years. He also came to our house late one night when our youngest daughter was very sick and running a high fever. He diagnosed her with appendicitis and called the hospital to make arrangements for her to be admitted and see a surgeon. Dr. Sanderlin was a blessing to others and will definitely be missed. He was loved and respected by many people whose lives he touched.

  • Elizabeth "Libby Ratliff" Utter
    Posted at 05:59h, 08 February Reply

    Such a wonderful man. Dr Sanderlin delivered both of my children Travis in 1978 and Todd in 1981 at Corbin hospital. I also had the honor of working with him in labor and delivery. I owe alot of what I learned as far as compassion and skills to him. Mari Lee and family you are in my thoughts and prayer. Libby “Ratliff” Utter

  • Della Rains
    Posted at 14:37h, 08 February Reply

    Dr. Sanderlin delivered all 3 of my babies. I had 2 difficult pregnancies with preeclampsia. He was always so calm and reassuring that not until I became a nurse years later did I realize just how dangerous that can be and just what he did for me. 20 years later my daughter goes to see him herself and he remembers her by her name (first little girl I delivered named Erin. He said you gave your mama a hard time.) he was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed.
    Della Rains

  • Debbie Rudder Williams
    Posted at 18:23h, 08 February Reply

    Dr Sanderlin delivered both my girls, the first in 1976 and the second in 1982. He was the most kind & wonderful doctor I had ever known & I’ve never been to a doctor since that could compare to him. If everyone could be as kind & compassionate as him I’m sure this world would be a lot better place. Rest in peace Dr Sanderlin your work on earth is done…..and what a great work you did. Heaven has gained a great angel

  • Jackie Creech
    Posted at 18:30h, 08 February Reply

    Dr.Sanderlin was the GREATEST. He delivered my last 2 children and I never will forget when I was in the delivery room giving birth to my son me and Dr. Sanderlin was talking about our old cars we had he said he had a 55 Chevy an I had a 57 Chevy. That was in 1979. He was such a good doctor, his wife Mari’Lee was a sweetheart also.

    My Deepest Sympthy to all the family.

  • Sharon Helton
    Posted at 19:01h, 08 February Reply

    I’m so very sorry for your loss-such a kind & quiet man-delivered one of my children 1977-named my daughter after his daughter-I had never seen Kacy spelled this way. Such a HUGE loss. God Bless & RIP Dr. Sanderlin.

  • Mary Rains Petrey
    Posted at 15:58h, 09 February Reply

    I loved Dr. Sanderlin. He was one of the best. He delivered my son in 1981. He never forgot any of his babies. It was amazing he had such a great memory. When I lost my husband in 1982 he immediately contacted me with comfort and to re-assure me, my life wasn’t over and that God had a plan. I always loved the stories he told about growing up and his travels. I think he tried to make all of his patients feel special. My deepest sympathy to his family.

  • Dewey and Debbie Taylor
    Posted at 16:39h, 09 February Reply

    Dr. Sanderlin was a wonderful person and doctor. He delivered both my babies, Rhonda and CJ Taylor. He was more personable than any doctor I had ever known.
    Such a dear, sweet man, along with his wife, too. Missed them when they left Corbin.

  • Vivian Hill
    Posted at 17:07h, 09 February Reply

    Dr. Sanderlin delivered my children but the one thing that really touched my heart was how he handled it when I was pregnant the second time and was in the process of a miscarriage. I went to the hospital and was told Dr. Sanderlin was down south visiting his daughter. The day I got out of the hospital, Dr. Sanderlin took time out of his visit to call and check on me. He talked to me (long distance) for a very long time to help calm me and make me understand. He always went above and beyond for his patients. My sincerest condolences for the family of Dr. Sanderlin. He was loved by most people that came in contact with him. His passing saddens me and I will surely miss him.

  • Joseph Pittman
    Posted at 20:48h, 17 November Reply

    Dr Sanderlin delivered me on January 27, 1957 in the midst of a historic flood that ravaged the town. My parents had moved to Corbin the year before I was born and moved away while I was just a toddler so I never got to know the town or Dr Sanderlin, though he made quite an impression on my father who loved to tell the story of the morning I was born and how the hospital’s first floor had been flooded, so the medical personnel on duty the 27th had to sleep at the hospital and could not be relieved until the flood waters subsided. While in Cincinnatti on business in 1999 I drove down to check out the town where I was born and while visiting the library, I learned much to my astonishment that Dr Sanderlin was still practicing. I found the site of the old Corbin hospital which was mostly rubble, but Dear Dr Sanderelin was still practicing! Unfortunately, I didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to go and reintroduce myself to this remarkable man who ushered me into the world, and obviously made a positive impact on so many others. It’s now Nov 2018, I’m 61 and while doing some family research I checked to find out what happened to the Doctor. Knowing he died only 5 years ago made me sad I didn’t take a few minutes to meet him. God bless his children, grandchildren and all of you patients who commented here. I hope you all have a restful Thanksgiving and holiday season.
    Joseph T Pittman
    Reston, Virginia

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