Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Services

3195 Atlanta Highway, Athens, GA


Julia Edwards Sanks

June 22, 1942February 11, 2020

Julia Edwards Sanks, 77, of Athens, died Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Born in Hillsboro, IL on June 22, 1942, Mrs. Sanks was daughter of the late Kenneth and Mary Edith Edwards. She graduated from Milliken University in Decatur, IL with a degree in high school home economics. She worked as a middle school teacher in North Carolina after college and also as a department store buyer.

She married Robert “Bob” Sanks on September 24, 1966. Other activities included tutoring at Sylvan Learning Center, which she and Bob owned for 10 years. She volunteered as a docent at the Georgia Museum of Art, was a member of Phi Beta Phi Sorority and currently a member of P.E.O., a philanthropic organization of women and a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church where she enjoyed the Women’s Bible Study Class, coordinated the Flower Ministry, and was a member of Circle 3-4.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Sanks was preceded in death by her brother, Robert “Bob” Edwards and sister-in-law, Barb Edwards, who just died last week.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Steve Brown of Houston, TX; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Richard and Jane Sanks of Sarasota, FL; niece, Beth Edwards; and nephew, Matt Edwards.

A memorial service will be held Friday, February 14 at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Athens. Dr. Ryan Baer and Dr. Carol Strickland will officiate the service.

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • Robert Sanks, Husband
  • Lisa Brown (Steve), Daughter
  • Richard Sanks (Jane), Brother-in-law
  • Beth Edwards, Niece
  • Matt Edwards, Nephew
  • Kenneth Edwards, Father (deceased)
  • Mary Edith Edwards, Mother (deceased)
  • Robert "Bob" Edwards, Brother (deceased)
  • Barb Edwards, Sister-in-law (deceased)


  • Memorial Service Friday, February 14, 2020


Julia Edwards Sanks

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Nancy Lynch

February 14, 2020

Julie was my roommate at Millikin, a dear and lovely friend, a Pi Phi sister, and a member of my wedding party. She was always so composed and brought calm to whatever was going on! She managed to do that when the rest of us could not- Bob - I am so sorry to hear this- was looking forward to seeing you both in October. Lisa - you had a wonderful mother. Love and prayers for you all. Nancy Lynch

Lisa Moody

February 12, 2020


I was saddened to learn of your mother's death. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers; and available for anything you may need.

Lisa M.