TENNESSEE - Sandra Gay “Sandi” Busby Martin, 64, of Eads, Tenn., died Tuesday, April 18 in Memphis after a short, fierce battle with cancer.
A loyal friend and mentor, Sandi was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who loved to laugh, loved dancing, loved her family, and loved her friends, of whom there were many. Sandi spent her childhood in Memphis, Jonesboro, and Trumann. She was a member of the Trumann Class of 1971. She returned to school as a single mother of two and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business information machines in the College of Business at Arkansas State University. A strong belief in the power of education sent her back to college in her 50’s and she earned a Masters of Business Administration degree at Christian Brothers University.
For the past 23 years she devoted her career to Medtronic in Memphis. She held many positions and ended her career as senior principal IT business systems analyst. She was a Toastmaster and was invited to join the Toastmaster’s debate team. She was also founder and co-owner of Motorcycle Xpress Lube Plus in Bartlett, Tenn. She was a motorcycle enthusiast and a member of the Harley Owners Group, the Concerned Motorcyclists of Tennessee/American Bikers Active Towards Education, and American Motorcyclists Association.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Goldie Easter Busby Walker; her father, Charles Busby; her son, Brice Qualls and her grandmother and biggest cheerleader, Ruby Pearl Easter.
She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Kenny Martin of the home; her daughters, Christy Qualls Valentine and Starleigh Martin (Steve) Richardson of Jonesboro, Ark.; her grandchildren, Madeleine Valentine of Fayetteville, Ark., Jake Valentine and Sky Richardson of Jonesboro, Ark; her brother, Dr. Micky (Patricia) Busby of Lawrenceburg, Tenn. and a host of family, friends and co-workers. She was especially proud of her nephew, Wes Busby and his children Parker and Fletcher. Family meant everything to her.
On Saturday, April 29th from 6:30-9:00pm, the family will host a celebration of her life at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 East McLemore Avenue, Memphis, TN, 38106. Memories, music, laughter, and love will be shared. Dress is casual and you are invited to wear your favorite Arkansas Razorbacks, Harley, or Wonder Woman attire. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the kids of the Stax Music Academy (www.soulsvillefoundation.org or the address listed above) or to the Wolf River District, Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Both of these organizations help children who have the desire to succeed but not necessarily the means. They were very dear to Sandi.
Thompson Funeral Home of Trumann in charge of local arrangements. An online register book can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net