Sandra Wheatley


Mrs. Sandra Gail “Sandy” Wheatley, 73, of Tangier Island, passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019, at her home.

Born on Tangier Island Jan. 27, 1946, she was a daughter of the late Dorsey Jennings and Helen Elizabeth Crockett.

She was the owner and operator of Sandy’s Place Gift Shop for over 40 years. She also had the first museum on the Island.

She was a faithful member of Swain Memorial United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School and Bible School, was in charge of the missionary fund, and managed the church budget. She was also a member of the former Women’s Society of Tangier and was involved in the soup kitchen and the annual Homecoming. She was well known for her handmade crocheted afghans.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Gordon Wayne Wheatley Sr., of Tangier; children, Gordon Wayne Wheatley Jr. and Jonathon Paul Wheatley and wife, Kelly, all of Tangier; sister, Marion Sue Carson and husband, Leeroy “Buddy”, of Crisfield; brothers, Wes Crockett and wife, Nancy, of Melfa, and Jeffery Crockett and wife, Nancy, of Tangier; grandchildren, Ashley Eskridge and husband, Joseph, of Greenville, S.C., Jonathon Wheatley, of Tangier, and Leigh Shores and husband, Jim, of Tangier; great-grandchildren, Harlow, Oliver, Waylon, and Parker; and many nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Dorsey Lee Crockett.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at Swain Memorial United Methodist Church with Pastor Edward Pruitt officiating. Interment will follow at Crockett Family Cemetery in Canton. Donations in her memory may be made to Swain Memorial United Methodist Church, Tangier Island, VA 23440.

Services are in the care of Bradshaw & Sons Funeral Home. To send condolences to the family please visit our website at

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