Ms. Sandra Sims Moody of St. Petersburg, FL passed away Saturday, November 6, 2021. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, November 22, 2021, 12:00 Noon at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 509 E. Twiggs Street, Tampa, FL 33602 with Father Crawford, officiating. (MASK RECOMMENDED) Interment will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery.
On January 15, 1946, an unforgettable spirit was gifted to the McCall Family. Edward and Lillie McCall welcomed their 3rd daughter, Sandra Louise McCall, to the fold. She was educated in the Hillsborough County Public School System, graduating from Blake High School in 1964. During her tenure at Blake, the fashionable, fierce and fly teenager broke the color barrier while participating as a member of the Yellow Jacket Tennis Team; other extra-curricular activities included the basketball and drill teams respectively.
Sandra continued her education by attending Gibbs Junior College and The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University on the highest of seven hills, majoring in social work and education. As an educator par excellence, Red and Lillie’s daughter taught at: Rickards High, Leonard Wesson Elementary, and Bethel Christian School in Tallahassee.
Upon returning to Tampa Bay the distinguished educator finished her career at Madeira Beach Middle and 16th Street Middle School. During her career, the afro-centric educator received the Teacher of the Year award and was recognized for her ability to prepare inner city students to achieve high standardized test scores. As a second career, the kindhearted queen finished her professional career as a caregiver to the developmentally disabled, veteran and HIV/AIDS communities.
The social butterfly was a proud member of the Blake Alumni Organization. As a lifelong servant of the people, she was an active member of several churches in the Tampa Bay area spending most of her time, talents, and treasures at St. James and St Augustine Episcopal Churches where she was elected as the senior warden. Sandra McCall Sims Moody was a devoted mother who loved her family, friends and fashion.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Lillie McCall; sister, Eddie Mae Ford (Wimp); ex-husband, Steven Moody; grandparents, John and Eliza McCall, and Reginal and Josephine Pottinger; aunts and uncles, Morris and Marie Parham, Frank Waiters, James Thomas, Albert and Rachel Thomas, Victor Thomas, Eugene and Zanie Lou Thomas, Timothy Thomas Sr., Virginia Gainer, Richard McCall and Eliza McKnight and host of other relatives.
She leaves to cherish her memory: two sons, Korey Sims (Erronetta) & Kelly Sims (Kahlya); ex-husband, Zeke Sims Jr.; grandchildren, Tylor Sims, Sheria Moore, Korey-Yonna Sims, LaQuashia Sims, Ciarra Williams, Kelis Sims, and Kloe Sims; great-grandchildren, Tylor Sims Jr., and Celina Hawkins; brothers, Edward McCall Jr. (Zella), and Ronald McCall; sisters, Norma Reese (Ernest), Stephanie Davis and Donna Powell (Amahl); aunts, Louise Waiters and Dorothy Thomas; and a host of other relatives to include nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and the Blake High Class of 1964.
Visitation will be on Sunday, November 21, 2021, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at Ray Williams Memorial Chapel, 301 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606.
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