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Sandra Jean Fowler Whitener

July 1, 1953 — September 3, 2023



Sandra Jean Fowler Whitener, 70, of Spartanburg, SC, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday September 3, 2023, surrounded by her loved ones. Born in Spartanburg, SC on July 1, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Jerry and Doris Estepp Fowler, and beloved wife of Benjamin Whitener.

Sandra was a graduate of Dorman High School and received a college scholarship she was unable to accept due to her health. Sandra was co-owner of Whitener Heating and Air Conditioning. She was a devout Christian, devoted wife, mother, and “Mema”.  She loved her family with all her heart. She was humble, compassionate, an avid prayer warrior, and always had a smile on her face. Sandra taught Sunday school at Duncan Church of God and sang with her husband. Sandra was an instrument that Jesus used to touch the lives of so many. The seeds of faith she planted will continue to grow for many generations. Even in her illness, she radiated God’s never-ending love.

Sandra is survived by her husband of 49 wonderful years, Benjamin Whitener; daughters Andrea Bagwell and Danielle Briley (Britton); granddaughters Madison Bagwell and Bella Bensal; sisters Linda Wyatt (Jeff), Brenda George (Randy), and many nieces and nephews. Sandra is predeceased by her sister, Carolyn Sorrow, brother-in-law Keith Sorrow, and her nephew, Justin Sorrow.

Visitation will be held at Startex Church of God, 178 Startex Dr. Wellford, SC 29385 on September 7, 2023, at 12pm. The funeral service will take place at 1pm with Pastor Martin Foster to officiate. Burial will be at Westwood Memorial Gardens in Moore, SC immediately following the funeral service.

Flowers will be accepted, or the family kindly requests donations be made in Sandra’s honor to Gideons International for the purchase of Bibles to spread the word of God just as Sandra did throughout her life. Gideons International, PO Box 140800 Nashville, TN 37214-0800. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5:24 KJV)


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Thursday, September 7, 2023

12:00 - 12:45 pm (Eastern time)

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Thursday, September 7, 2023

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Thursday, September 7, 2023

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6101 Reidville Rd, Moore, SC 29369

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