TIDEWATER – Lovingly guided by Heavenly Father, Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Sister and Aunt, Sandra Irving Napper, entered Eternal Life on September 24, 2021.
Sandra, affectionately known as “Sandi”, was born March 23, 1947 in Washington, D.C., in the District of Columbia. She was the firstborn to John and Ruby Irving. Her parents and a brother died before her.
Early in her life, Sandi declared that she believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. She joined the old Hill Street Baptist Church, now known as Main Street Baptist Church, in Smithfield, Virginia. Most recently, Sandra was a member of the New Zion Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia.
In 1978, Sandi married in a holy marriage to Colonel William T. Napper, USA, (retired). They have had a great, adventurous life with their two beloved children, Tonya and William, living in different states across the country.
Tidewater, Va., Was the location of most of Sandi’s formal education, although the District of Columbia offered elementary education. When she moved to Smithfield, Virginia to live with her maternal aunt and uncle, Edna and Fred Wrenn, Sandi attended Westside High School. Sandi was the major of his promotion. After graduating from high school, Sandi attended the Hampton Institute and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in 1970. She studied abroad in England as part of the University’s graduate program. Temple and earned a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership.
Expertise in mathematics led Sandi to a career as a mathematics teacher, spanning twenty-five years. In addition, Sandi worked as an engineer analyst at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company.
God gave Sandi a beautiful spirit mixed with so many virtues, Fruit of the Spirit. She was an optimistic, fun-loving soul who just loved to laugh, and she brought people joy! She had a beautiful and brilliant smile! From an early age, Sandi was very motherly and generous in her love for God’s people. She just loved to take care of everyone, lavishing love on them.
Community service was Sandi’s mission and passion! She gave private lessons to students in mathematics. She was the leader of the Girl Scout troop. One of her favorite community activities was adopting a child at Christmas. She enjoyed working with political campaigns and was a Texas Democratic delegate for Jessie Jackson. Sandi was the founder and organizer of Isle of Wight Training / Westside High School Legacy Group, Inc., an organization that offers annual scholarships to African American students. Sandi has participated in the annual Relay For Life community events. As a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA), Sandi served in the Gamma Upsilon Omega Chapter in Hampton, Virginia; the Omicron Tau chapter in Spring, Texas; the Phi Pi Omega chapter in Peachtree City, Georgia; and Lambda Lambda Omega Chapter in Williamsburg, Virginia. Sandi received the Theta Lambda Lambda Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Citizen of the Year Award in honor of her volunteer community service.
Loving to maintain flower and vegetable gardens, Sandi has become a Georgian master gardener! Having faith in God as her creator and creator of all nature, she adored the beauty of everything he does.
Sandi had a lot of courage and tenacity. She took every task at hand, no matter what the challenge, to heart, and she persevered and worked diligently to achieve the best result. She lived a consecrated life in the service of the people of God. She lived a life consecrated to God.
To reflect on the beauty of Sandi’s memories, it’s her husband of forty-three years, Colonel William T. Napper, USA (retired); her children, Tonya Garland and William T. Napper the Third (Torey); her grandchildren, Jasmine Ross, Emmett Ross, Winnie Napper and Pearl Napper; her great-grandchild, Jaimee Jackson; her brother, Bishop John Irving Junior (Vivian); her sisters-in-law; his nieces and nephews and his cousins.
Throughout her life journey, Sandi has made many friends who will cherish everything they have shared with her.
A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, October 11, 2021, in the Robins Room at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Face covers are mandatory. Livestream will be available at the start of the service.
Professional services provided by staff at Whiting’s Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. 757-229-3011 whitingsfuneralhome.com
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