Sandra Marie Harvell, a beloved educator and cherished member of the Nashville community, passed away on November 3, 2023, in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. She was born on February 27, 1951, to the proud parents James Davis and Mary Katherine Cohen Davis.
Sandra's passion for education was evident throughout her life. She embarked on a fulfilling career that spanned various roles in the field of education. She began her journey as a teacher at Martha O'Brian School, where she shared her knowledge and love for learning with countless students. Sandra went above and beyond her role as an educator; she even drove the school bus, ensuring that children had safe transportation to and from school.
Graduating from Central High School in South Nashville, Sandra obtained a well-rounded education that laid the foundation for her successful career. Her dedication to her students was unwavering, and she provided a nurturing environment where they could thrive academically and emotionally.
In addition to her professional achievements, Sandra was known for her infectious laughter. Her joyous spirit could brighten any room and bring smiles to the faces of those around her. Her laughter served as a reminder to find happiness even in the smallest moments of life.
Outside of her educational pursuits, Sandra had a zest for life. Dancing brought her immense joy and was one of her favorite hobbies. She also had a natural talent for keeping children entertained and happy. Her ability to connect with children on their level made her presence all the more special in their lives.
Sandra's passing leaves behind deep sorrow but also cherished memories. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, James Davis and Mary Katherine Cohen Davis. Their love and guidance will forever be treasured.
She is survived by her loving children, Carol Harvell, Cathy Harvell, and Emmett Jr., who will continue to carry her legacy of kindness and dedication. Sandra was a proud grandmother to Joshua Harvell, Jonerica Harvell, Shandell Harvell, Ricky Harvell, April Harvell, Brent Lane, and Emmett III. She took great pride in their accomplishments and was a constant source of love and support.
Sandra leaves behind her devoted sisters: Shirley Jobe, Doris Dodson, Gloria Davis, Anetrice Woods, Mary J. Carter, Deborah Walker (Pastor Clarence Walker), and Brenda Cook (Dereck Cook). loving brothers, James Davis Jr., Nathaniel Davis, Alonzo Davis, Michael Davis, and Timothy Davis. Sandra's family was her foundation, and their bond was unbreakable. Her passing will leave a void that can never be filled.
In addition to her immediate family, Sandra leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who were touched by her warmth and generosity. Through her genuine caring nature, she created a sense of community wherever she went.
Sandra M. Harvell's life exemplified compassion, dedication, and joy. Her impact as an educator will echo through the lives of the countless students she taught. Those who were fortunate enough to know her will forever hold onto the cherished memories they made with her.
In honoring Sandra's life and passing on her wisdom and kindness to future generations, we can keep her spirit alive in our hearts. Rest in peace, dear Sandra—you will be deeply missed by all who had the honor of knowing you.