Sandra ‘Jeanette’ Mayfield

Published 2:42 pm Friday, December 17, 2010

Sandra (Jeanette) Mayfield, First Lady of Little Zion Baptist Church, Suffolk, VA lived with and endured Sickle Cell Anemia, which is a hereditary disease, all her life. She was born in Carrsville, VA on January 11, 1955 and departed this life on December 14, 2010 at her home. On her good days, she enjoyed the love of her family, husband, children and grandchildren. Some of the things she enjoyed doing was shopping, eating seafood, and fellowship with her church family. At an early age, Sandra accepted Christ and joined Pulaski Baptist Church. She was a member of the choir and served on the usher board, until her union with Pastor Keith Mayfield, and at that time she joined Little Zion Baptist Church. One of her greatest joys was teaching the youth to praise dance.

Sandra was the Co-Founder of the Southside Sickle Cell Support Group and a proud foster parent for over 13 years. She had the ability to smile and laugh during the mist of a Sickle Cell crisis. A very loving and kind spirit was shared with all that knew her. God knew in his sovereign plan he wanted her to come home to be with him. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Sandra was born to the late Herbert Rawls and the late Cora T. Rawls. She was preceded in death by her sister Beverly Rawls.

Sandra leaves her loving and devoted husband, Rev. Keith Mayfield, Pastor of Little Zion Baptist Church of Suffolk; her children, Jerome “Roc” (Shelly) Ricks of Portsmouth, Yashica Edwards of Suffolk, Keith Mayfield, Jr. of Atlanta, GA, Tomika (Shawn) Eley of Suffolk, Laketa (Yushunta) Speck of Chathem, LA, Travis Chalk of Suffolk, Katora Chalk of Suffolk, Mary Chalk of Newport News, Tyron Long of Newport News, VA, Joshua Bynum of Fredericksburg, VA, Stephanie Bynum of Suffolk, Damien Chalk of Suffolk, Trovias Mayfield of Suffolk, and Aaron Perkins of Suffolk; four brothers, Herbert (Vernell) Rawls of Baltimore, MD, Melvin (Carolyn) Rawls of Portsmouth, Ray (Thelma) Rawls of Trenton, NJ, Terry (Tammy) Rawls of Carrsville ; one sister, Nadirah Sharif of Charlotte, NC; mother-in-law, Mary Johnson of Suffolk; three brothers-in-law, Herman (Cornelia) Mayfield, Sr. of Suffolk, Donald (Marchelle) Mayfield, Sr. of Suffolk and Kevin Mayfield of Chesapeake; three sisters-in-law, Adell (William) Peoples of Suffolk, JoAnn (James) White of Chesapeake, and Teresa (Chris) Moore of Portsmouth, VA; one uncle, Roger Boone of Carrsville; 23 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins,  and friends, among them two devoted cousins, Tony McClenney of Chester, VA and Elsie”Sis” Jackson of Suffolk; and a devoted friend, Ethel “Lou” Babb of Suffolk.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, Monday, December 20, 2010 at Pulaski Baptist Church, 6431 Carrsville Hwy. in Carrsville, VA. Crocker Funeral Home, Inc. is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be extended to the family at