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Sandra S. “Sandy” Spears

Sandra S. “Sandy” Spears

KILMARNOCK—Sandra Smith “Sandy” Spears of Kilmarnock passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 30, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of love, compassion and cherished memories.

Born March 5, 1947, in Hurley to Clarence and Mildred Smith, she was a devoted wife, loving mother, doting grandmother and a dear friend to many.

Sandy was the beloved wife of Linwood Ray “Lin” Spears, with whom she shared 35 years of marriage filled with love, laughter and unwavering support.

As a mother, Sandy poured her heart and soul into raising her children, instilling in them the values of integrity, kindness and perseverance. She is survived by her son, Ret. USMC Sgt. Major Russel “Dean” Johnson II (Maureen) of Powhatan. Dean and Maureen’s children, Hunter Johnson, Addison Taylor (Kyle) and First Lieutenant Reid Johnson (Mikayla), were a constant source of joy and pride for Sandy. Additionally, Sandy is survived by her daughters, Lissa Marie Pierce (Jeff) of Atlanta, Ga., and Karen Lynn Bradley (Matthew) of Mechanicsville. Karen and Matthew’s son, Bauer Bradley, brought immeasurable happiness to Sandy’s life.

Sandy’s siblings, sister Trish Cook (Jim) of Johnson City, Tenn., and brother Joe Smith, survived by his wife Linda Kay Smith and daughter Kelly, shared a deep bond with Sandy. Trish’s children and grandchildren, Nicole King and sons, Gray and Cole, and Ashley Grace (Dan) and son, Elden, enriched Sandy’s life with their presence.

Sandy’s educational journey took her through Hurley High School, Radford University and Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned her M.Ed. in educational administration. She dedicated her professional life to teaching, coaching, and serving as an administrator in various school districts, including Chesterfield County Public Schools, City of Norfolk Public Schools and Lancaster County Public Schools.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Sandy found immense joy in her hobbies, including gardening, quilting, golfing and caring for animals. She was a dedicated pet owner and took great pleasure in nurturing her beloved pets. Sandy was also an active member of Rehoboth Methodist Church and member of King Carter Order of the Eastern Star.

Sandy will be remembered for her kind heart, gentle spirit and unwavering dedication to her family and community. Her legacy of love and compassion will continue to inspire all who were fortunate enough to have known her.

A visitation is planned from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Currie Funeral Home in Kilmarnock. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Rehoboth Methodist Church in Kilmarnock. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital or Rehoboth Methodist Church in Sandy’s honor.

Rappahannock Record Staff
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