For many, Alice Oates Sandridge was the embodiment of family and community and they were in attendance last Saturday (Aug. 25) for her homegoing celebration.
Mrs. Sandridge, whose children include former Memphis City Schools Board of Education Commissioner Hubon Sandridge Jr., died Aug. 19. She was 89.
The proprietor of the historic Sandridge Grocery Store for over 50 years, Mrs. Sandridge was born in Memphis on Oct. 3, 1922. She was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and attended The LeMoyne-Owen College.
In 2006, Mrs. Sandridge was the recipient of the Women of Stamina Award. She also served as treasurer of the Hollywood/Hyde Park Meditation Hour.
Mrs. Sandridge united with Thomas Chapel Baptist Church and St. Mark Baptist Church where she served as first lady from 1956 to 1976. At Thomas Chapel, she served as president of the Senior Choir, taught Sunday School and was a founding member of the Sandridgeaires.
Mrs. Sandridge was married to the late Rev. H.P. Sandridge Sr. and the couple had three children: Ramelle (Joe) Tuggle, Rev. Sandridge Jr. (Mary), and the Rev. Riesel (Deborah) Sandridge Sr.
She also leaves two sisters: Charlyne McGraw of Memphis and Margaret Wells of Los Angeles; three grandchildren: Rio Jr., Allyson Maisha and Mallory Grace; two step-granddaughters: Stacy (James) Taylor and Felecia Parchman; five step-great grandchildren: Chaz, Sherrell, Malcolm, Cody and Jolie; a sister-in-law, Joe Alice Sandridge of Memphis, and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members.
Services for Mrs. Sandridge were held at Thomas Chapel Baptist Church, 2539 New Raleigh Rd., with her son, Rev. H.P. Sandridge Jr., officiating. Burial was in National Cemetery on Monday (Aug. 27). N.J. Ford and Sons Funeral Home had charge.