She attended Chauncey-Dover High School. She began her career as a waitress at the Hilltop Restaurant and has worked as a waitress and bartender at the clubhouse of several area Veterans organizations while working full time at T.S. Trim of Athens. She retired from T.S. Trim in 2015.
She was a member of 76 Riders, and the Ladies Auxiliaries of the Athens Posts of the American Legion, VFW and AMVETS. At 79 years old, when her little body was done, she was a Rider in her heart, and she loved her Riders.
Sandy is survived by her husband of four years, Larry Klinglesmith; a daughter, Michele (Kenny) Drawdy of Summerville, SC; her son, Matthew (Tammy) Hawk of Chauncey; her step children, Tina (Barry) Deeter of Lottridge and Shane (Missy) Lockhart of Frost; five grandchildren, Travis, Shelby & Taylor Drawdy, and Noah & Justin Hawk; two great grandchildren, Robby McDaniel and Ellie Drawdy; two sisters, Rhea Douglas of Albany and Cheryl Pendergrast of Athens; a brother, Dennis Thompson of Obetz; also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Besides her mother, she is preceded in death by two brothers, Terry Mayles and Leroy Thompson.
The AMVETS Riders would like to honor all those faithful Riders who have passed from this life to the next. Their voices and the the roar of their motorcycles have been stilled, but their names and faces are indelibly etched in our hearts and minds. Their passing has left a void that will never be filled, but we are grateful to have had the opportunity to serve and ride alongside them. We were blessed to know them, and we pray that God will bless us to be reunited when it is our time to take the final ride. Now as they ride forever free across the heavens, these AMVETS Riders are part of an eternal fellowship,