November 25, 1945 – November 25, 2020
Sandra L Davis, 75, Duluth, Georgia passed away peacefully on her birthday, November 25th, after a long battle with Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Dementia. She was the devoted wife of her high school sweetheart and soulmate, Russell Davis, to whom she was married for 57 years.
Sandra was born in Detroit, Michigan and, after school years in Decatur, Georgia, moved to Trussville, Alabama where she met the love of her life, Rusty. Together, in Atlanta, Georgia, they built a successful commercial roofing business where they valued people and a family atmosphere. The friendships she developed within the company and in the industry were personal and have spanned decades. She was always very proud of their company and the continuation of it with their daughter, grandson, son-in-law, and nephew.
Above all, Sandra was devoted to her family. Her greatest joy was spending time with her husband, sister, children, and grandchildren. She would revel in planning trips with Rusty and her family, especially to warm places or to national parks, taking years to create an itinerary that had a special activity for each person’s enjoyment. Somehow, she could make every fun trip an “educational opportunity”. She loved game nights, playing cards at the beach or in the pop-top camper, and Texas Hold ’em in Las Vegas where even the card room greeted her affectionately. She enjoyed volunteering at her grandchildren’s schools, often the library where she could share her love of reading. She was always her family’s biggest fan at sporting events, concerts and plays. Sandra loved Christmas, movies, music and the beach, and she and Rusty never missed a game of her beloved Atlanta Braves.
Sandra was a talented artist and equine photographer who loved sharing and nurturing a love of painting and photography with her grandchildren. She encouraged their painting from an early age, seeing a masterpiece in each child’s work. Sandra captured the beauty and warmth of her family and places she visited in her paintings, a lasting gift for us all.
Sandra is survived by her husband, Russell, their daughters, Michele (Hap) Hood and Jennifer (Ed) Bulluck, her 12 grandchildren James (Lucy) Wassel, Brooklyne (Kyle) Wassel, Lauren Wassel, Elizabeth (Jeremy) Gilliam, Bill and Maggie Hood. Jake, Davis and Eva Marie Eaton, Catalina, Anamaria and Jaclyn Bulluck, and Katelyn (Bryan) Bell. She also leaves behind her great-grandchildren Raylan, Wyatt, Julian, Josiah, and Jeremiah. Sandra was greatly loved by her sister Deborah (Ron) Sanders, brother and sister-in-law, Larry (Lorene) Davis, Mother-in-Law, Clarice Davis and her cousins, nieces, and nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Natalie Goggans and father-in-law, Lawrence Davis.
Sandra’s greatest gifts were sharing her joy of life, modeling kindness and giving whole-heartedly to others. She made each person feel important and deeply loved. Sandra was deeply spiritual and will be missed dearly by all. We know she is in Heaven and her spirit for life will live on in those she loved.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sandra’s honor to the North Ga Community Foundation (https://tinyurl.com/SDavisgiving ) for the Russell and Sandra Davis scholarship fund that helps low income / high potential students attend college or may be made to the Mayo Clinic Neurology Dept for research by Dr. Zbigniew Wszolek. See below for more details.
“And the one carried in the current said, ‘The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure’.” – Richard Bach
Due to Covid-19 and health considerations, a private family ceremony will be held at a later time. The family has set up a website as a tribute and for friends and family to leave comments and share memories: http://www.SandraLDavis.org
F. L. Sims East Point has been entrusted with services.