Sangster, Terry W., Saginaw, Michigan


Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother friend and public servant went home to be with our Heavenly Father on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at the of age 60 years. Terry was born January 13, 1952 in Brownsville, TN, the youngest son of John D. and Alberta (Bond) Sangster. He graduated from Carver High School in Brownsville, TN in 1970, after graduating, he moved to Saginaw, MI. and began a career with General Motors (Formerly known as Saginaw Steering Gear). Terry began the Machine Repair apprentice program in 1973, becoming a Machine Repair Journeyman, and later becoming a Quality Representative in the Quality Network Program. On August 27, 1980, Terry married Pamela Taylor in Decatur, IL. He later earned an Associates Degree in Applied Mechanics from Delta College in Saginaw in 1989. He retired February 22, 2012. Terry was a faithful member Mt. Olive Institutional Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Men's Ministry. As a result of meeting and being inspired by the philosophies of A. Phillip Randolph, He began a life in public service that continued until his passing. In 1980, Terry became the President of the Saginaw Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute. During this time, he coordinated "Get out to Vote" initiatives in the primary and general elections. One of his initiatives included contacting Saginaw native Stevie Wonder and getting him to record a "Get out to Vote" radio message that made a big impact on the election. In 1984, Terry began his political career. After winning the primary election and unsuccessfully losing the general election for County Auditor, he did not get discouraged and give up on his political desires. In 1986, Terry won his first election and became County Commissioner of the 6th District in Saginaw County. He served as County Commissioner for the 6th District for a total of 18 years. Of those 18 years he held titles such as, Chairman of County Services and Affirmative Action, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Association of Counties for 8 years, as well as serving on the National Association of Counties Board of Directors as Chairman of the Youth Employment Steering Committee. In the community, Terry’s passion for the youth and the city of Saginaw never ceased. He was a life time member of the NAACP, and assisted in starting and became the first President of the Saginaw African American and Minority Business Association (SAAMBA), and worked with the Mid Michigan Spanish Business Association. He also worked with the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce to establish a Minority Business Development Center within the Chamber, and spearheaded the idea to allow county youth to apply for jobs in one location which lead to the Saginaw Youth Job Fairs. Prior to his passing he was President of the East Genesee Avenue Association. Terry leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 32 years, Pamela and five children, Joseph (LaShawnya) Grace, Devona Weems, Tamera and Terryn Sangster, all of Saginaw, MI and Telisa Sangster of Lansing MI.; two grandchildren, Ja’Miya Grace and DaQuavious Sangster-Banks; three brothers, Fertis (Eveyln), John (Shirley), and Richard Sangster, all of Saginaw, MI.; two sisters, Joyce Reed of Milwaukee, WI. and Brenda Jones of Atlanta, GA.; also a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and in-laws that loved him dearly, including a very special mother-in-law, Mildred Taylor of Decatur, IL, and two special cousins, Lorenzo (Joe) Jacocks of Saginaw, MI, and Tyrone Sangster of Lansing, MI. Terry was preceded in death by his parents. The family would like to send a special thank you to the ER staff and Neurological ICU staff at St. Mary’s of Michigan. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Olive Institutional Missionary Baptist Church, 1114 N. 6th St. Rev. Dr. Marvin T. Smith will officiate with burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The Visitation will take place Friday, March 30, 2012 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at the Evans-Smith Funeral Home, 508 S. Washington Ave. www.evanssmithfuneralhome.com