Sandra Shannon, 75, of Salem, VA (formerly Barnwell, SC), passed away July 29, 2022 at Salem Terrace with her son by her side. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Dyches Funeral Home Chapel with Tim Britt officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service and burial will follow at Barnwell Memory Gardens.
She was born on October 19, 1946, to Lee and Marie Clement in Greensboro, NC. Sandra attended George Washington High School in Danville, VA and Radford High School in Radford, VA and was a proud member of the class of 1965. She went on to attend James Madison University where she was a member of the first class to graduate from the speech therapy program. Her years at Radford and James Madison also brought her together with some of her dearest friends, Jenny and Sue with whom she remained close with until the very end. She also received her Master Degree from South Caroline State University by attending night classes while working full time and raising her son.
She taught in Barnwell, SC District 45 for 34 years as one of three Speech Therapist. She worked alongside Mrs. Emma Neal and Mrs. Sonny Parler whom became some of her best friends. Upon her retirement, Sandra moved to Salem, VA to be closer to her family. She remained close with many of her Barnwell friends and particularly looked forward to her daily calls with her dear friend Joyce Perkins.
She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Barnwell where she was a member of the Choir, the living Christmas tree and helped with youth group dinners. Sandra enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her parents Lee and Marie, her sister Mary and her family, and son Travis and his family. She loved the beach and celebrating the 4 th of July with float races and sparklers and always enjoyed traveling with Sue and Jenny.
Sandra is survived by her son, Dr. Travis Shannon and his wife Dr. Michele Mills, grandsons Ashton and Chase, sister Mary McCracken and husband John, niece Kristy Seredni and husband Mark, great nephews Max and Cooper, nephew Adam McCracken and wife Julie, great niece Sydney and great nephew Tyler and niece Jennifer Wray and great nephews Brayden, Cayson and Walsmley.
She was preceded in death by her parents Lee and Marie Clement.
The family has entrusted Dyches Funeral Home and Crematory, 11327 Ellenton Street, Barnwell, SC 29812 with arrangements.