SANDRA EILEEN DAYS TURNER departed this earthly life on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at the home of her brother and sister-in-law in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was born to the late Raymond Nathaniel Days, Sr. and Hattie Mae Marks Days on June 24, 1945, in Mobile, Alabama.
Sandra attended Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree. She earned the Master of Science Degree in Library Science from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. After thirty-three years of loyal dedicated service, she retired as librarian from Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland, spent seventeen years part-time at Baltimore County Library, and five years at Halifax Community College in Weldon, North Carolina.
Sandra was a devoted member of the St. Matthew African Methodist Episcopal Church in Weldon, North Carolina, serving God and people in many capacities. She was a faithful President of the Women’s Missionary Society where she was lovingly and consistently found preparing and serving in the by-weekly bread ministry, collecting items to benefit those impacted by hurricanes and other disasters, and motivating others to donate to benefit children, homeless persons and veterans. She was a committed Steward Board member who assisted with the spiritual and financial responsibilities of the local church, and was known for her keen sense of organization and receptiveness to new ideas and opportunities to make a positive difference in the lives of others. As an Usher, she was always willing to welcome others into the congregation. She assisted with preparations for Holy Communion, and enjoyed special events such as Black History and other fellowship activities including games, regular Noon-Day Bible Study, candidly sharing and growing in her studies, and happily applying her knowledge to life’s lessons. She was pleased to be able to even answer biblical trivia on Jeopardy!
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Grady Richard Turner, Jr.
Those remaining to forever treasure the precious memory of her life and love are her devoted brothers, Tony Days of Citronelle, AL, Bertram Days (Ava) of Raleigh, NC, and Ronald Days of Charlotte, NC; her dedicated nieces, Wanda Buchanon (Raymond) of Kushia, AL, Marci Burke (Warren) of Philadelphia, PA, Sonya and Michele Days of Hamlet, NC, and Sherron Days of Lithonia, GA; her goddaughter, Rose Colleen Armstrong; her nephew, Townsend Days; her long-time friends, Gwen Richardson of New York, Pastor and Mrs. Richard and Dorothy Rathers of Burkeville, VA, Susie Hodges of Littleton, NC, and Carol Jennings of Virginia; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at St. Matthew AME Church in Weldon, NC. Rev. Dr. Cassandra A. Sparrow will officiate, and burial will follow in the Olive Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Littleton, NC. The body will repose at the church for one hour prior to the funeral service.