Celebrating the life of
Sandra Carter Kent
Passed away on September 22, 2020
Sandra was loved for her quick wit, fun-loving nature, delicious southern cooking, fierce loyalty, honest opinions, endless hospitality, and beautiful, welcoming smile.
Sandra Carter Kent, 78, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, September 22, 2020. She died as she lived, surrounded by her loving family.
Sandra was born in Bloomingdale, Georgia, the youngest daughter of John Alexander and Cora (Orendorff) Carter. After graduating from Savannah High School in 1960, Sandra began a storied career serving Savannah’s legal community that spanned more than 50 years. Most precious to Sandra were the 30+ years she worked with Judge Gregory V. Sapp. Sandra started working with Greg in 1990, when he was a fourth-year associate attorney. She stood by his side as he made partner, and eventually helped him start his own firm. She proudly joined him at the Chatham County Courthouse when he became a judge in 2011, and she was looking forward to starting her new role as the administrative assistant to Chief Judge Sapp in January 2021. In 2017, Sandra was honored to receive the Savannah Bar Association's prestigious Judge Edward Hester Award, which recognizes outstanding courthouse personnel who have been particularly helpful to members of the local bar. She cherished her courthouse family to whom she is, in Judge Sapp’s words, “irreplaceable.”
Sandra was loved for her quick wit, fun-loving nature, delicious southern cooking, fierce loyalty, honest opinions, endless hospitality, and beautiful, welcoming smile. She loved growing fresh vegetables, ballroom dancing, late-night card games, saltwater fishing, antique shopping, Siamese cats, Alan Jackson, and Elvis. She always had time and treats ready for anyone who needed a break, a friend, or a sympathetic ear.
Sandra is survived by her daughter, Ashby Kent Fox (Jonah) of Madison, WI; grandson Benjamin Carter Fox of Madison, WI; sister Sarah Flaherty (Ray) of Savannah, GA; sister LaTrelle Earley (Krozer) of Savannah, GA; sister-cousin Peggy Groover (Lloyd) of Hampton, GA; “half-daughter” Kathryn Kent Middleton (Farrell) of Atlanta, GA; and many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Larry O. Clark of Bloomingdale, GA; Gary L. Clark of Daisy, GA; Krozer A. Earley, Jr. of Savannah, GA; Kevin B. Earley of Savannah, GA; John A. Earley of Savannah, GA; Jonah E. Fox of Madison, WI; Brian L. Groover of Hampton, GA; Boone Phillips of Savannah, GA; Farrell E. Middleton of Atlanta, GA; William L. Wong, Jr. of Savannah, GA; William L. Wong, III of Savannah, GA; Honorable Gregory V. Sapp of Savannah, GA; and John D. Quante of Savannah, GA. Honorary pallbearers will be B. Ray Flaherty of Savannah, GA and Donald Lloyd Groover of Hampton, GA.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 28, 2020 at Elkins Cemetery on Hwy 204 in Bloomingdale (near the intersection of John Carter Road and Old River Road). For the safety and protection of our family and friends, all guests must wear masks and maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from other guests at all times during the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you consider a donation in Sandra’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Giving, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
You and your loved one are in my thoughts and prayers.
- Anna Tompkins, Savannah, Ga
Sandra will be missed by all those who loved and cared about her. We know Her grandson Benjamin will always remember her kindness, love and generosity and will always talk of her.
- Ann and Michael Fox, Madison, Wisconsin
The one and only Sandra Faye. You are loved by so many.
- Patricia K. Almond, ATLANTA, GA
Dan and I loved your mom -- her jokes, her loyalty and fierceness, and her friendship. I was so happy to be able to see her more often once I started working at the courthouse in late 2017. She always had a smile and a full candy jar, and I never saw her upset about anything. You have many good memories about her which will sustain you in the years to come. Keep her spirit alive by staying happy and loving your son as she loved you and all of her family.
- Linda & Dan Drake, Savannah, GA
I'm very sorry for your loss.
- Terry king, Hinesville, Georgia
- Virginia O Wilson, Springfield, GA
- Jeff Felser, Ft. Lauderdale , FL
I’m so sorry for your loss. Everyone loved Sandra. I loved talking to her each day and sharing recipes. Since I retired I’ve not seen her as much as I would like to but have stayed away from the courthouse but never ever forgot her. She always was friendly and had a heartwarming smile for everyone. She will be missed very much.
- Sybil Nease, Rincon, GA
Our deepest condolences to the family . She will be greatly missed by all.
- Dr. William Eubanks, Troutman , NC
Our deepest condolences to the family. She will be greatly missed by all.
- Dr. William & Angie Eubanks , Troutman , NC
You won’t find a more beautiful spirit in a person than was in Sandra. She always had a kind word and a ready laugh to share
- Bill Lewis, Savannah , Georgia
I will miss Sandra's incredibly sharp (sometimes biting) wit, amazing baking skills, and the love and empathy that she radiated. The courthouse is not the same without her. My love and sympathy go out to her family, especially her beloved Ashby and Ben, whom she spoke about frequently and with such pride.
- Amy Stewart, Savannah, GA
There will never be another Sandra Faye. We will miss her.
- Susan and Tommy Griffin, Savannah, Georgia
When I think of Ms. Kent, I always picture her smiling. A courthouse can be gloomy sometimes, but Ms. Kent never seemed to be. She was professional and positive and genuinely sweet. She will be sorely missed.
- Stacey M. Goad , Savannah, Georgia
Sandy was loved by everyone!! She will truly be missed. My heart hurts.
- Courtney Reynolds Lerch, SAVANNAH, GA
Sandra will be missed dearly. She was one of a kind.
- Joe Cronk, Savannah, GA
To all of Sandra’s family, we are so sorry for your loss. We knew Sandra for many years and she was a fun loving and sweet person.. May God bless y’all during this sad time. Prayers and hugs, Mary Beth and Bill
- Mary Beth and Bill Wall, Savannah, Ga.
Sandra was the "kindest" person I have ever met. I will miss her .
- Margaret Anne Boock, Savannah, Georgia
I've known Sandra since I was 14 years old. There is one thing I surely miss it is her cooking. My heart is completely broken, I loved her so very much.
- Nina Chernyak & Barbara Rahn, Savannah, Ga
I will truly miss you Mrs. Sandra and all the laughs and coffee in the office.
- Lynette Clark, Savannah, GA
I am so sorry for your loss she will be missed by all. I will always remember her smile and her willingness to help anyone at any time. Will keep you all in our prayers. Love Dell &Tommy
- Dell Cone, Savannah, GA
Our condolences to the family of Mrs. Sandra. I had the honor of meeting her working as a Blue Coat at the Chatham County Courthouse. She was a delightful and humorous lady. We shared a common interest in Classic Country Music. We had conversations about different artists and songs. She a wit and keen sense of humor that you could not help but admire. Mrs. Sandra you will be missed, GO WITH GOD.
- Wilfred L. Davis Jr., Bloomingdale, Georgia
Ashby, we are so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful lady whose bright smile always brought sunshine to my day. She loved you dearly. Miss you, Julia Holliday
- Julia Holliday, Savannah, GA
A lost to us all. She taught a young lawyer right out of school the practice of law. Those lessons carried me through a career until I retired. Our friend for over 45 years. Our sympathies go out to her family and especially her daughter Ashby. She will be greatly missed.
- Mary and Terry Hubbard, Savannah, Ga
So sorry about hearing of Sandra's passing. Just remembering all the good times we had in our younger days. She was a very special person to me and I will miss her dearly...a friend always...love "Grasshopper" Keith Hendricks.
- Hendricks, Darien, GA
To all of Miss Sandra’s many families, kin by love she shared so freely: The standard she set for grace, constancy, kindness and generosity brought the best out in all of us. Hundreds of mornings, walking through the 2d floor door, hers was the beautiful, steady, welcoming face we first saw as we entered. Her truly unwavering cheer and sweet supportive words gave me many a boost and so much joy. My heart aches for all of you.
- Louisa Abbot , Savannah, GA
Our heartfelt condolences to the family of Miss Sandra. Court Security Officers and deputies will miss her dearly.
- Court Services Division , Savannah, GA
Sarah and LaTrelle please know my thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this time of sorrow. Sandra will surely be missed by all of you. There were so many good times shared while growing up together. I will always cherish those memories and having the three 'Carter Girls' as my friends. May God be with each of you.
- Tommy, Heath, TX
Sandra was special and there will never be anyone to equal her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. Every time I make red-rice, her recipe, I say thank you for sharing your talents and wit with us.
- Tuten, Don and Jean, Savannah, GA
I will miss my Dear Aunt Sandra so much. I will miss her presence, especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas family get togethers. She loved the holidays and she always brought cheer and her fun loving personality with her. Life will not be the same without her.
- Alison Wong, Savannah, Ga
Sandra was one of the kindest people we have ever known. Her beautiful spirit and inherent goodness was a blessing to everyone whose life she touched. She will be missed.
- George (Jack) and Linda Ward, Pooler , Ga
I feel like I have known Sandra my entire life.. She had a way of making everyone feel special. She was a loyal friend and although it was at my brothers funeral, I got to see her again in 2018..I am so thankful. I am the sister of Ernest Brown. We all loved her dearly. She was a gift. RIP my sweet friend.
- Sharon Brown Juza, Helena, MT
There are not enough words to express my sorrow at the loss of your Mother. Sandra was a dear friend and I am going to miss her. I loved her jokes and her love of life. I am sorry we did not get together more often. She absolutely adored you and Benjamin. You have your loving and fun memories of her. Hugs and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
- Anna B Highsmith, Savannah, GA
- Anna B Highsmith, Savannah, GA
So many great memories of Sandra she was definitely one of a kind. Rest in Peace dear friend and may perpetual light shine upon you.
- Sheila Miner Galbreath, Richmond Hill, Ga.
We didn’t know Sandra, personally, but we feel like we did! Her cousin, Peggy Groover, spoke so lovingly and highly of her. We have heard stories about how close they are and growing up like sisters instead of cousins! What a remarkable woman Sandra was... as her boss said, “irreplaceable”! I wish we could have met her. We loved her because she was so loved by Peggy.. ❤️
- Susan McLeod/Faith Sisters, Eatonton, GA
So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful friend she was to my sister. Rest in peace sweet Sandra
- Donna Miner Love, Savannah, GA
Ashby & Family, I am certain you wouldn’t remember me, but you and your mom were both in my wedding 38 years ago (you were my flower girl!). I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your precious mother. I am sad to say that I had not been in touch for many years, but she was never far from my thoughts. I wish so much that I could attend her service tomorrow, but unfortunately, I only found out today. Please know that you are will be in my prayers during this difficult time. Please send my condolences to Your aunts- I remember them fondly. Sincerely, Margaret Daniels Reese Margaretreese@bellsouth.net
- Margaret Daniels Reese, Cumming, GA
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
- The Tuten Family, Bloomingdale, GA
Sarah,LaTrelle and Families: Where do I begin, I have known Sandra since grammer school. Graduated together from SHS. Sandra, was always the same Sandra. When you saw her she greeted you with her great smile! Barry, and I were reminiscing recently about the time when they returned from Lackland Air Force Base. Sandra, came to greet them.(came on the plane). Sandra, loved her family so much and was loved by so many. She will be greatly missed by all. Friendship Forever Barry and Anne Everett-Cobb
- Anne E. Cobb, Guyton,, Ga.