Sandra “Sandy” Faulkner Courtney
June 12, 1946 to Oct. 6, 2021
Sandra “Sandy” Faulkner Courtney, 75, of Valdese passed away Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Born in Madison County, NC on June 12, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Marvin Edison Faulkner and Vaughnta Lee Fisher Faulkner. Sandy graduated from Marshall High School and was educated in nursing at Asheville Nursing School and Duke University. She served in various skilled nursing positions for 44 years including a 25-year stint with Drexel Heritage plants 3 and 5, and when Drexel Heritage closed down, she went on to devote seven more years to the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center. Working at the center was one of the real joys of her life and in her time wonderful friendships blossomed from that experience. Sandy devoted over 50 years to working in Christian churches, including Christ United Methodist Church and Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Sandy was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and she was a loving friend to all she met. She will be remembered as a devoted Christian friend and confidant. She made a sincere impression to all she had a relationship with over the years. She never encountered a situation she did not give generously to, in every way.
Sandy is survived by her husband, Larry Courtney. She is also survived by her daughter, Crystal, and her husband, Dana, as well as her grandchildren, Andrew and Alexis Rocque. Sandy is also survived by her youngest daughter, Charlotte, and her husband, Brandon Dillard.
In addition to her parents, Sandy was preceded in death by a brother, Ronnie.
Sandy will be available for viewing from 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Christ United Methodist Church. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. in the church with Rev. Cindy Wechter officiating. Entombment will follow in Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family requests that all in attendance wear a mask.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 38, Drexel, NC 28619.
Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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