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SANDRA T.J. MICKENS

"Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, "It is well, it is well with my soul."

On Friday, April 12, 2013, it was the will of our Heavenly Father to call from this Earthy tabernacle to eternal rest, Mrs. Sandra Theodora Johnson Mickens. She entered peacefully into rest at her residence surrounded by family.

Sandra, 63, of 2011 Cumberland Ave., Petersburg, Va., was the youngest child born to the late Herbert Alexander Johnson Sr. and Lottie Howard Johnson on May 17, 1944, in Petersburg, Va. She was preceded in death by siblings, Irene G. Winston, Herbert A. Johnson Jr., Claudette J. Piercy and Mildred J. Gee, and an infant granddaughter, Kylie Nicole Mickens.

She received her early education in the Petersburg Public Schools, and was a graduate of Peabody High School Class of 1962. Furthering her education at Virginia State University, Sandra majored in sociology. She continued to demonstrate her love for learning as a continuing education student at Richard Bland College.

She was a sweet, compassionate, gentle woman, who aimed to do just what her name suggested, be a "helper of all mankind." She helped others through service in her church and in the community.

Sandra, accepted the Lord as her personal savior at an early age and became a member of First Baptist Church, 236 Harrison St., Petersburg, Va. Throughout her lifetime at First Baptist Church, Sandra was a member of: the Junior Chorus, Chancel Choir, Cathedral Choir (vice president) and the Gospel Choir. She was known for her love of music and opportunities to render praise unto the Lord through her soul-stirring solos of various anthems and traditional gospel selections. At First Baptist, Sandra was a devoted member of the M. M. Clark Circle (secretary), Maude E. Taylor (METS) Club, Women's Day chairperson, member of the women's ministry, organizer and president of Pastor's Partners, and served over 20 years as a dedicated Church Clerk. In 2009, Sandra was honored as a senior member for more than 55 years of faithful witness and service at First Baptist.

Sandra was blessed to have been affiliated with the following community organizations and civic groups throughout her adulthood: Electra Chapter #7, Order of Eastern Star (past matron); Sigma Gammo Rho Philos; American Business Women's Association (ABWA); the Red Hat Society; a diligent member of the Peabody High School Alumni Association; and she also served as an organizer of the Neighborhood Watch Association in her community.

She furthered her philanthropic efforts by feeding the homeless, visiting those in nursing homes and working at CARES Inc.

In 1998, after 28 years of dedicated service, Sandra retired from Petersburg Public Schools as an administrative secretary. Because of her love and desire for the community and to help children, in recent years Sandra served as a substitute teacher and tutor within the school system. In 2001, Sandra was awarded for outstanding service provided as a volunteer tutor at Virginia Avenue Elementary School. Throughout the years, as a parent of Petersburg Public Schools, she served as a member of the PTA.

As much as she displayed her love and service for others, she continuously shared her love for family. At home she could always be found in the kitchen preparing scrumptious meals for everyone who entered. She truly valued family gatherings and Sunday dinners, visiting with neighbors and friends, reading her Bible daily, reciting poetry, and although she did not profess to have a "green thumb," she enjoyed planting and light gardening.

Left to cherish her memory is a devoted husband of 46 years, Carroll L. Mickens Sr.; son, Carroll L. Mickens Jr. (LaSatt) of Petersburg, Va.; daughters, Lottie M. Spurlock (Gregory Sr.) of Ashburn, Va., and Linda S. Mickens of Petersburg, Va.; five grandchildren, Carroll L. Mickens III, Ivana D. Spurlock, Gregory L. Spurlock Jr., Shakur Q. Mickens and Christian L. Mickens; brothers-in-law, Dr. Ronald E. Mickens (Maria) of Atlanta, Calvin Mickens (Annie) and John W. Piercy Jr. (Doris), both of Petersburg, Va.; devoted cousins, Saundra Batts of Suffolk, Va.; friends, among them a devoted "sisterly" friend, Mary "Love" Carter of Petersburg, Va., lifelong friend and prayer partner, Virginia F. Barbour of Chesterfield, Va.; close friends network throughout the years, Jean R. Miles and Jean and Thurman Massenburg, Mary and Theodore Marshall, all of Chesterfield, Va., Vivian Bland, Irene Westbrook and Virginia Mann, all of Petersburg, Va., and a host of other loving cousins, devoted nieces, nephews, and many friends, especially from the Peabody High School Class of 1962 and other alumni.

Sandra was favored by the Lord and lived a blessed life. To God be the glory for the great things He has done!

A funeral service for Mrs. Sandra T. Mickens will be held noon Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at First Baptist Church, 236 Harrison St., Petersburg, Va.; the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Tillman, pastor, eulogist. The interment to follow at Wilkerson Memorial Cemetery.

The will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at the funeral establishment.

The family will also receive friends at 2011 Cumberland Avenue, Petersburg, Va., and may be contacted by calling 804-732-7138.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mrs. Mickens at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.

Published in The Progress-Index on Apr. 15, 2013
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