Sandra Faye Owens was born to loving parents Julia Mae and Bishop Howard Hornbuckle on April 21, 1952 in Birmingham, Alabama. She was the first born of 10 children. As a child she attended Irvington and Holiday Park Grade schools and graduated from Grant Highschool. Later, she took courses to receive certifications and to higher her education. This would lead her to the Portland Public School district where she worked from 1985-2011. For 26 years she enjoyed a career in education with the youth. She served as a substitute and teachers assistant. During this time, she worked at Faubion Grade School for many years as a library assistant where she met a life long friend, Ann Vanfleet. Sandra loved books and was a talented artist. All of her students adored her and gave her the nickname Miss’s H. They never forgot her. Still to this day some of her former students say “that was my librarian. I loved her. She was so nice and sweet.”
Years later she turned her career to special education to assist children with special needs at Markham Elementary where she built a love for all of her students. She took pride in teaching and was excited to watch them grow all the while raising her own 6 children. Sandra was a teacher, a leader, a mentor, and a mother to all.
Sandra also became a Sunday school teacher at Grace and Truth Pentecostal Church as her father was the Bishop. She was a woman of God and worked alongside her father. Sandra never missed a Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday service. She would later have multiple jobs at Grace and Truth. These jobs included director of the sunshine choir, youth program leader, praise team member, christian generation leader, missionary, and ultimately Pastor. Sandra was honored and proud to take on pastorship of Grace and Truth. Her love, dedication, and commitment to Grace and truth Church will be forever remembered there and ongoing.
Sandra took great pride in being a mother and grandmother. She loved being a wife to Clark. As parents of 6, the were each other’s strength through the good and the bad. Over a lifetime they would become best friends. They made every birthday and holiday special. Those memories will never be forgotten. Sandra will forever be remembered for her love, her beautiful smile, her pure heart, and the best potato salad ever made. She gave herself to all of us. She will live on in our hearts forever.
Sandra is preceded in death in by her husband, daughter, and granddaughter; Clark, Corina, and Pearl Owens, parents; Bishop Howard and Julia Hornbuckle, sisters; Linda Hornbuckle and Theresa Feng, and brother; Paul Hornbuckle.
Sandra is survived by her 5 children; Clark Jr. Monica, Timothy, Jasmine, and Jordan Owens, 21 grandchildren; Jamina, Clark Latrell the 3rd, Syrius, Mya, Makaila, Malliyah, James the 2nd, Tiaira, Timothy Jr., Bambi, Valentine, Tayvon, Reeson, Natalie, Dalon, Owen, Olivia, Yasmine, Jordan, Jade and Joseph, 2 great grandchildren; Aidyn and Tory, siblings; Debra, Beverly, Howard Jr., Michael, Anita and Cecilia, and a host of other family and friends.
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