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Sandra Locklear Hardy

February 19, 1965March 2, 2021
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Sandra Locklear Hardy, 56 of Cary North Carolina, passed away on March 2, 2021. She was born on February 19, 1965 to Samuel and Dora Locklear. She is preceded in death by her parents. She leaves behind her husband, Erich Hardy; her daughter, Kassy Follum (Matt); her grandchildren, Carson and Cora Follum; her sisters, Nora Locklear Sumrell (Michael) and Tammy Locklear Pribble; her brother, Jamie Locklear (Tyffany); her half-sister, Tammy Morazan; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives. The family will accept friends on Sunday, March 7, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home in Hope Mills, North Carolina. Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Reeves Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Cumberland Cemetery in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Services

  • Visitation with Family & Friends

    Sunday, March 7, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, March 7, 2021

  • Burial

    Sunday, March 7, 2021

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Wendy Nixon

March 20, 2021

I am in total shock at Sandy being gone. I happened to search FB and found her name a few weeks ago but never reached out to her. When I went online tonight and saw she had passed it brought me to tears because all I could think of is why did I wait. Sandy and I met when she was 18 and I was 20. We became roommates and close friends very quickly. As it happens in life we both moved to different states and lost touch but when we did reconnect again it is like we just picked up where we left off. I am deeply saddened by the news because she did always love life and she is gone way too soon. My prayers and condolences to the family and to Kassy.

Wendy Nixon

Kassy Tyler

March 7, 2021

Mom it is the day of your funeral and as I am getting ready I can't believe how much I miss you already and how sad I am. I know you are with me in spirit but I wish I could hear you talk one more time and laugh with you. I miss going to myrtle Beach with you as a kid and to the pool in the summer with the kids when I would visit. I had plans to visit you next month and I'm so sad that will never happen now. I wish that we could have talked about so many things before you left and that we could have been as close as you wanted us to be. I will think of you every time I drink my coffee or see the ocean and so much more. You had such a beautiful spirit and I miss seeing your eyes light up when you saw me and the kids. You will be forever loved. I love you gugu.

Nora Sumrell

March 6, 2021

I'll miss you sister, but I know that we will soon walk on the streets of gold together, as we often talked about. I'll miss talking to you, but I'll miss your laughter and jokes, more than anything! We shared so many memories, and I just wish we could sit on the porch again and have one of our talks. I'm glad the Lord called you home while you were sleeping. You went to bed to rest and woke up on the other side refreshed. I didn't get to say goodbye, but one day I will get to say hello and we will be together for eternity! I'm so blessed that you were born to be my sister. I'll cherish you always! I love you Sandra Kaye (Sally)!
Much Love,
Nora Jane (Geri)

Marie Tyler

March 5, 2021

Sandy was a beautiful daughter in law and I loved her. I am saddened by her passing and pray comfort for her family, especially for my precious grandaughter Kassy, .

Tammy Pribble

March 5, 2021

My beautiful sister, my heart is broken! You left us too soon and without a notice! I want to give you one more hug! Her another pedicure with you! Make you another cheesecake at Christmas! So much I want to do and say and now all I can say is until we meet again in Heaven! I love you!!!!!! ❤️

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Biography

To Sandra Locklear Hardy, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Sandra, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Sandra really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

      Sandra was born on February 19, 1965 at Southeastern Regional Hospital in Lumberton, North Carolina. Her parents were Samuel and Dora Locklear. Sandra was raised in Lumberton, North Carolina and Hope Mills, North Carolina. Even as a child, Sandra had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. She was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, she succeeded in entertaining her entire family.

      Always a good playmate, Sandra was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Sandra managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Sandra was raised with three siblings. She had one older sister, Nora, one younger sister, Tammy, and one younger brother, Jamie.

      Ask anyone who knew her from school and they would tell you that Sandra was a class “cut-up.” She didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Sandra simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of her friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Sandra, grades may not have been the most important thing to her, but she really did enjoy her school experience. Since experience was Sandra's best teacher. She enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Sandra graduated from Southview Senior High School in 1983. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      Sandra never actually encountered a stranger in her dealings with people. She was drawn to individuals and crowds, using her gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate her audience. This quality allowed Sandra to continually develop new relationships, ever widening her circle of friends. Sandra delighted in her role among all her acquaintances, because she viewed them all as potential spectators for her performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Sandra was always right at home putting on a show among her friends. Sandra utilized her interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, her best friend was her sister Nora Jane. Later in life, she became friends with Beth Sykes and Vivian Hardy. Sandra loved sharing life and having her home filled with people she knew.

      The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Sandra very easy to approach. They were married in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Sandra's sister, Nora, hosted a reception at her home. She tried hard not to impose on her spouse. She was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

      Perhaps the reason Sandra related so well to children was the fact that she never really completely grew up herself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own children. Sandra was blessed with one child, her daughter Kassy. They were also blessed with two grandchildren, Carson and Cora. Sandra had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Sandra's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. She could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Sandra had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

      Sandra enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Sandra liked creating and making things. Her favorite pursuits were making wreaths, sewing, cooking, shopping, and taking road trips. Sandra was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Sandra recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. Sandra went to Faith Fellowship Nondenominational Church and Cumberland Church of God (now Rivers of Living Water Church of God). She had a strong faith in God and could quote scriptures while encouraging people she met. She was always reaching out to others who were hurting. She showed kindness to everyone, she was a peacemaker and a warrior.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Sandra just fine. It is no surprise that she loved to travel and to visit new and different places. She was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. She was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Her favorite vacations included going to the beach and the mountains. Her favorite vacations were time spent with family.

       She passed away in her sleep, as a result of a pulmonary embolism. She is survived by her daughter Kassy, her grandson, Carson, her granddaughter, Cora, her oldest sister Nora, her younger sister Tammy, and her younger brother Jamie. Services were held at Reeves Funeral Home in Hope Mills, North Carolina. Sandra was laid to rest in Cumberland Cemetery, near her parents.

      Sandra brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Sandra Locklear Hardy lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.