Homegoing services for Ethel Sandles, 95, of Normangee, were held Saturday, December 31, 2016 at the Zion Baptist Church in Normangee. Dr. Ronald D. Henderson, officiated the service and interment followed in the Sand Prairie Cemetery in Normangee. Serving as pallbearers were Michael Wilson, Dwan Yell, Keahton Proctor, Rondo Middleton, Anthony Link II, Andre Ardoin, Ethan Proctor & Harold Watson. Honorary pallbearers were James Nunn, Ernest Wilson, Jr., Joe Sandles, William Wagner, Curtis Wilson, Jarrell Nunn & Darrell Newsom.
Mrs. Ethel Mae Sandles was born to the parentage of the late Rev. S.M. and Lula Davis Jones on November 29, 1921, in Leona, Texas. She attended school in Leona, Texas. She accepted Christ at and early age and was baptized at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Leona.
Ethel (Datey, as she was fondly called) met and married the late Waldo C. Sandles on November 9, 1940, and to this union several beautiful girls were born. Ethel was a homemaker, restaurant chef, and domestic worker for many years. The family lived in Houston for several years and eventually relocated to Normangee, Texas where she entrusted her spiritual and religious care to Zion Baptist Church.
She served as the mission president, president of the usher board and deaconess for many years. She had a vision for her church to be rebuilt, and with the help of God, she started a building program. Within a year, funds were raised. The old church was torn down and a new church erected.
Mrs. Ethel Mae, as the children in the community called her, was a child advocate for the community long before the term became popular. She disciplined and provided food for all who needed it.
Ethel passed away on December 24, 2016 in Bryan, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Waldo C. Sandles; parents, Sam, Sr. & Lula Jones; brothers, Sam Jones, Jr., Davis B. Jones, Jessie Lee Jones, Carl Jones and Jessy Lee Jones; sisters, Erma Mae Jones, Pauline Polk, Geraldine Adams; granddaughter, Tracy McGee and grandson, James Nunn III.
She leaves precious memories with her daughters, Erma Ophelia Wilson, Mae Otris Wagner (William), Berta Luvon Newsom (Darrell), Annie Lee Nunn (James), Yolanda Yell, Gail Ardoin and Kay Proctor; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren and eleven great- great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were entrusted to Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas. Please log onto www.waltersfuneralhome.com to sign the online memorial guestbook and leave condolences.