Sandra Belk King, age 78, passed away on December 20, 2019 after a short illness. Sandra was loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends who will think of her every day. She was a caring, sweet, generous and fun person who would give anyone the shirt off of her back. She was the definition of a true Christian who walked the walk. Sandra’s daily actions showed how kind, mindful, and considerate she was of others. Her daughters and grandchildren will always appreciate the laughter that was present in our home because of her. One of her best childhood friends says lovingly that she was a magnet for children and animals. Most importantly, she was happy and content with her life. She was married to the love of her life, John Jesse King, for 59 years. Her last words to her husband were, “You’ve always been so crazy about me” which are such a great comfort to him. She is survived by two daughters, Kimberly Moore and Tarra Strang; son-in-laws Bruce Moore and Philip Strang; four grandchildren, Philip Strang Jr., Benjamin Strang, Grace Strang, and Leah Moore; her cousin, Mary Jett, and her uncle, Roy Belk. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sarah and Jim Belk, with whom she had an extremely close relationship. Sandra had so many lifelong friends who were like family to her as well. Sandra grew up in St. Elmo where she attended St. Elmo Elementary School and later moved to North Chattanooga where she lived for the remainder of her life. She attended Northside Junior High School and graduated from Chattanooga High School in the class of 1959. She attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and graduated from the University of Chattanooga with a degree in elementary education. She later attended Trevecca Nazarene University where she obtained a degree in library science. Her love of teaching and children led to a long career with Chattanooga City Schools for 18 years. Following retirement from the school system, she was successful at real estate and managing her rental properties. Sandra was a member of First Presbyterian Church for 47 years. Her philanthropic endeavors included involvement in the Chernobyl Children’s Program of Chattanooga, and she supported a child from Belarus to come to the states every summer. The wonderful thing about Sandra was that she did so much for so many that no one knew about. That was the way she was brought up. A graveside service will be held on December 28, 2019 @ 2:00 at Chattanooga Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Northside Neighborhood House, and Chattanooga Humane Society. Arrangements entrusted to Lane Funeral Home – 601 Ashland Terrace Chattanooga, Tennessee 37415.
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