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San­dra Lee El­der

Miss San­dra Lee El­der, 52, of Cov­ing­ton, joined her loved ones in heaven Nov. 4. Miss El­der suf­fered a rup­tured aor­tic aneurysm and died dur­ing surgery while vis­it­ing Seacrest Beach, Fla., with fam­ily. She was born in 1960 in Pitts­burgh, Pa., the first of James and Jean El­der’s four chil­dren, moved with her par­ents to Light­house Point, Fla., at the age of 2. She was a grad­u­ate of High­lands Chris­tian Academy, Pom­pano Beach, and re­ceived her as­so­ciate of arts de­gree from Broward Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Fort Laud­erdale. She was cer­ti­fied as a Montes­sori teacher and worked for 15 years at Unity School, Del­ray Beach. In 1996, she moved with her par­ents to Cov­ing­ton and worked at Chil­dren’s Friend, Cony­ers, and the preschool nurs­ery of First Pres­by­te­rian Church, Cov­ing­ton. Her faith was an im­por­tant part of her life. Miss El­der was con­firmed at Com­mu­nity Pres­by­te­rian Church, Deer­field Beach, where she later served as a chil­dren’s Sun­day school teacher and dea­con. She con­tin­ued her church life at First Pres­by­te­rian Church, Cov­ing­ton. She en­joyed par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Am­bas­sador Choir and min­is­ter­ing to those in nurs­ing homes. Miss El­der rev­eled in her life in Cov­ing­ton. She was a fa­mil­iar fig­ure in the Melody com­mu­nity where she lived and walked her beloved dog Tiny. A lover of an­i­mals, Miss El­der adopted and cared for a large num­ber of pets through­out her life. Miss El­der cared deeply for her friends at the TOPS pro­gram and her sis­ters in Cir­cle 1.

Sur­viv­ing are her lov­ing and de­voted par­ents with whom she lived through­out her life, Jim and Jean El­der; her sis­ter Terry El­der of Naples, Fla.; brothers Russ El­der of At­lanta and Scott and wife Stacy El­der of Tucker. Miss El­der loved and was loved by her nieces and neph­ews Jes­sica Con­ley (Harry), chil­dren Brooke and Brody, Jen­nifer, Kirsten, Lane, Grace, Rose and Grant El­der. Her ex­tended fam­ily con­sists of many aunts, un­cles and cousins across the coun­try. She claimed and re­ferred to her­self as honorary daugh­ter of Mar­jorie and Vince Len­tini, whose kind­ness to her was with­out bounds.

Those de­sir­ing may make a me­mo­rial gift to the Am­bas­sador Choir, First Pres­by­te­rian Church, 1169 Clark St., Cov­ing­ton 30014, or the Sandy El­der Me­mo­rial Fund at New­ton Fed­eral Bank Post Of­fice, Box 1037, Cov­ing­ton 30015, to es­tab­lish a dog walk area at Chim­ney Park, Cov­ing­ton.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice cel­e­brat­ing her life will be held at 1 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 8, at the First Pres­by­te­rian Church. A re­cep­tion will fol­low in the

Martin Fel­low­ship Hall.

Fair­ley Er­win Wad­dle­ton Sr.

Wheeler Funeral Home

Mr. Fair­ley Er­win Wad­dle­ton Sr. of Ox­ford passed away Dec. 1 at Abbey Hospice af­ter an ex­tended ill­ness. The son of John and An­nie Young Wad­dle­ton, he was born in 1932 in Lum­ber­ton, N.C. He was an iron worker for Grin­nell Fire and Sprin­kler Com­pany. In 1970, he be­gan his ca­reer in law en­force­ment with the city of Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment and went on to be­come the po­lice chief for the city of Ox­ford, re­tir­ing af­ter 20 years. He con­tin­ued his law en­force­ment ca­reer with the New­ton County Sher­iff’s of­fice for sev­eral years there­after. He en­joyed col­lect­ing guns and knives and watch­ing the At­lanta Braves. His great­est joy was spend­ing time with his fam­ily and friends.

Sur­viv­ing are wife of 60 years Frances Wad­dle­ton of Ox­ford; son and daugh­ter-in­law Mark and Maleta Wad­dle­ton of Cony­ers; daugh­ter Mar­sha Pay­ton of Ox­ford; son and daugh­ter-in-law Ken and Misty Wad­dle­ton of McDonough; 11 grand­chil­dren; 19 great-grand­chil­dren; sis­ter Mae Brooks of Lo­ganville; sev­eral nieces and neph­ews. He is pre­ceded in death by son Er­win Wad­dle­ton Jr., par­ents John and An­nie Young Wad­dle­ton and sev­eral brothers and sis­ters.

Ser­vices will be held at 2 p.m. to­day, Dec. 5, in the chapel of Wheeler Funeral Home with the Rev. Phil Pay­ton of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­ter­ment will be at Lawn­wood Me­mo­rial Park.

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