1942 - 2021
Sandra Lynn Henderson Nance (Sandy
Nance) passed away on January 5, 2021 in a Rowlett TX hospital at the age
of 78. Survived by sons, Jackson Scott of Santa Fe NM, and Mike Shannon
of Garland TX; cousins, Roger Davis of West Hollywood CA, Padgett Montgomery
of Uvalde TX, Nancy (Henderson) Poe of Colorado Springs CO, Debbie (Lovelace)
Harvey of San Marcos TX, and Ray Janes of Denton TX (since deceased on
4/29/2021;) and Sandy's best friend of over 73 years, Freeda (Green) Caudle
of Garland TX. Sandy was predeceased by her father, Henry Wayne Henderson
Jr, in 1979; her mother, Atha Lea (Hibbitt) Henderson, in 1960; her longtime
companion, Jimmy Wehba (“General Skandor Akbar” of wrestling fame,) in
2010; and her beloved Doberman “kids” Zach and Nicholas, along with pet
dogs Spot and Ponto. Other treasured, now-deceased relatives include
uncle and aunt, George and Evelyn Henderson; aunts, Mary Helen (Henderson)
Lovelace and Elizabeth (Henderson) Montgomery; paternal grandparents, Henry
Wayne Sr and Elizabeth (Davis) Henderson; cousins, Bobby Ray Chambers,
Othal and Burness Overall, Anne (Davis) Womack, Dorothy (Womack) Deason,
Dabney Montgomery and Barbara Ann (Henderson) Collins; and uncles Bob and
East Texas State University, ca. 1950
Sandy was born September 10, 1942
in Greenville TX. She attended Quinlan TX schools, and was the Panthers
mascot in high school. Her mother, Atha Lea, was Sandy’s schoolteacher
for most of those years; her father, Wayne, owned the Magnolia (Mobil)
service station in town, along with two skating rinks—and was Quinlan’s
mayor from 1955-62. Sandy grew tired of living in a small town and
having everyone 'in her business,' and left Quinlan in 1960. She
made her home in Garland TX in 1973 after several years spent in Houston
Sandy was married twice (first
to B. F. Davies, 1957-1963 [d. 2021;]) then D. M. Nance, 1964-1977;) and
had one child with each.
After working in secretarial roles
at Majors Field airport in Greenville TX in the 1950s, for an investment
company in Dallas in the 1960s, and for Shook Tire Company in Dallas during
1976, Sandy attended Artistic Barber College in Dallas, graduating in 1978.
She was a hair stylist at Campbell Centre Hair Design for a while thereafter.
Also in the 1970s, Sandy took continuing education courses at Eastfield
College in Mesquite TX. Starting in the early 1980s, Sandy fulfilled
a lifelong dream and traveled extensively as an ambassador for the National
Wrestling Alliance. In recent years, she served on the board of directors
of her community’s HOA, until being sidelined with vascular dementia and
Parkinson’s disease in 2016.
to reel in a big one, 1988
In her prime, she was a free-yet-burdened
spirit, tempered by her small-town upbringing and two unsuccessful marriages.
But Sandy loved her kids, and was quite adept in a homemaker role…especially
with her cooking! She loved to travel, exploring all of Canada,
the Bahamas, and most of the US. Her favorite spot was Peggys Cove
in Halifax, Nova Scotia. And Sandy was just as comfortable being
at a formal event as she was at climbing a tree while wielding a chainsaw!
TV news anchor Chip Moody, 1982;
by The Dallas Morning News after Chip's funeral in 2001
Other likes: Rock music
(from Ricky Nelson and Elvis Presley, to ZZ Top and Def Leppard,) Corvettes,
wrestling matches and the wrestlers (and was close friends with many of
them,) the late TV news anchor Chip Moody, fried catfish, “The Young and
the Restless,” vanilla shakes, Northpark Mall, cooking, dress boots, President
Kennedy (who once waved back to her in Houston,) roller skating, "Charlie"
perfume, church hymns, “Millionaires” candy, time spent with relatives,
men with long hair, "As the World Turns," Dr Pepper, Pecan Sandies, dogs,
sewing, concerts, Pancho’s, travel, “Days Of Our Lives,” celebrity friendships,
denim, peanut patties, lighthouses, Christmas, emails, chocolate almond
ice cream, visiting and helping the elderly, "Secret Storm," white chocolate,
long phone conversations, dressing in all-black, devising irreverent nicknames,
daisies, Chanel No. 5, fried okra, playing piano, “The Edge of Night” and
shopping at Sanger-Harris.
Caudle and Sandy, best friends for over 73 years!
Sandy enjoyed close friendships
with many people. While Freeda Caudle was her bestie, she also spent
quality time over the years with Marvin Vance, Linda Walker, Ron and Wanda
Yarbrough, Llana Willcut, Travis Weberling, Jarvis Young, Mike Reed, Karen
Hargis, June Pitts, Mike “Bugsy McGraw” Davis, April Dickson, Billy McKnight,
Gayla (Granger) Kirk, Brandie Perry, Barbara (Caudle) Chapman, Tip Peachee,
Leo Nickel, Troy Pinciotti, Doug Eidd, Gary and Chris Cannon, A. J. Jackson,
Jack Cunningham, Brent “Booray” Parnell, Margie Benson, Bob Mantle, Jesse
Castillo, Domingo Baez, Marcella Anderson, Patsy (Jimmerson) Williams and
Sandy and Jimmy "General Skandor Akbar" Wehba, 2002
She lamented the passing of many
other cherished friends, including Jimmy Wehba, Laura Norris, Claude and
Louise Myrick, George and Florrie Hunt, Lonnie Todd, Dewey and Lela Dunnahoe,
Willie, Jack and Patsy Vance, Frankie and Bennie Quinn, Barrett Dickson,
Roy “Pud” Callender, Mac Dismore and Stella Caperton, Kelly Carter, Ethel
Ford, Freddie Todd, Bradford Young, Virginia Clemente, Alfred "A. J." Jones
III, Calvin Knapp, Ginny Nickel, Lynda Gerwig (Kox,) Oliver Black, Vera
Green, Edna Merriman, Dr. Bill C. Morgan, Truman and Evelyn Nance, James
“Kamala” Harris, Hobart and Juanita Lytal, Garnett "Donk" and Annie Mae
Wade, Bob Soaper and Lillian Cannon.
Just before Christmas, 2020, Sandy
contracted the COVID-19 virus and developed pneumonia, and, despite a valiant
effort to overcome it, she died January 5, 2021 in a Rowlett TX hospital
at the age of 78. In accordance with her strict wishes, there was
no service, and her body was donated to the University of North Texas Health
Science Center in Fort Worth for medical research.
Sandy's family deeply appreciates
the kindness and efforts of the staff of Highland Meadows Health and Rehabilitation
in Rockwall TX, who handled Sandy's care for the last four years of her
life. Her neurologist, Dr. Sadat Shamim of Baylor University Medical
Center in Dallas, was Sandy's primary physician since 2016, and was beyond
instrumental in helping her find peace and to re-find an acceptable quality
of life. The family is forever indebted to Dr. Shamim and his staff,
and highly recommend his counsel to anyone faced with such diagnoses.
In lieu of conventional expressions
of love, please donate in Sandy’s name to the non-profit Dementia Society
of America, P.O. Box 600, Doylestown PA 18901; or to the non-profit Nova
Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society, 1675 Lower Water St, Halifax NS
Canada B3J 1S3.
Please email son Mike Shannon with questions,
condolences, etc: mike@dfwRetroplex.com