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“I had the honor of working with Sandy at Pioneer RESA, he was a wonderful man devoted to his love for his wife and children. Praying for healing. ”
1 of 80 | Posted by: Shirley Freeman - cleveland

“Please accept my condolences and deepest sympathy. Sandy was always friendly, genuine and caring with everyone. Wishing the family peace and comfort...Read More »
2 of 80 | Posted by: Scott Bowen - Birmingham, AL

“Stephanie,You and the boys are in our thoughts and prayers. Sandy had such a positive impact on the lives of many people. He will be greatly missed...Read More »
3 of 80 | Posted by: Christy Bivins - Toccoa, GA

“Jerry and Christine.....We are praying that God will hold you close to His heart and give you peace. We love you.....Lewell and Gwen ”
4 of 80 | Posted by: Lewell and Gwen Turner - Cornelia, GA

“Mr. Steele was a phenomenal leader and role model to the students at SCHS. He was the gold standard of what an educator should be, and he advocated...Read More »
5 of 80 | Posted by: Brad and Rachel Smith - GA

“Sandy, a kind and gentle man. ”
6 of 80 | Posted by: Laura Biggers

“Jerry & Christine.........My heart goes out to you over the loss of your son. I never met Sandy but, from reading all the special messages, it is...Read More »
7 of 80 | Posted by: Gwen & Clyde Ivester - Alto, GA

“A man's reach should far exceed his grasp. Sandy, my friend, your reach definately exceeded your grasp. Forever in my thoughts and prayers. ”
8 of 80 | Posted by: Cheryl Le Quire - Cornelia, GA

“Stephanie, Brent, and Brad,I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband and father. My prayer is that you will always remember him proudly and...Read More »
9 of 80 | Posted by: Nancy Morris - Friend

“May God give you peace and comfort during your time of grief. Sandy was my classmate and friend. It saddens me to hear of his passing but his...Read More »
10 of 80 | Posted by: Margie Boyce - Commerce, GA

“Our hearts go out to you in your loss of Sandy. Sandy was a wonderful man. May your good memories sustain you through. We pray God provides you...Read More »
11 of 80 | Posted by: Ray ans Shari Quintero - GA

“Sympathy is extended to the family of this loved one. Our prayers are for you during this time. May God be with you for comfort! ”
12 of 80 | Posted by: Thomas & Joyce Collins - Toccoa, GA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Steele family. Frankie and I were sorry to hear about Sandy's passing. With loving concern,George & Frankie...Read More »
13 of 80 | Posted by: George Hosea - Toccoa, GA

“Saying good bye to a good person is always hard. Sandy Steele was a good man. I was fortunate enough to have taught and coached Sandy in high...Read More »
14 of 80 | Posted by: George Sanders - Toccoa, GA

“There are no true words that can fully encompass the man that Sandy was. I saw with my own eyes the impact he made on my fellow students while I was...Read More »
15 of 80 | Posted by: - GA - friend

“While we never met Sandy, I feel we knew him through his parents who are in our Sunday School class. Jerry and Christine, our hearts break for you...Read More »
16 of 80 | Posted by: Jerry and Kelly Taylor - Demorest, GA

“Mr. Steele was a sweet, sweet man and seemed to really care about my daughter when she was going through some serious stuff at school a couple of...Read More »
17 of 80 | Posted by: Angela Cobb - Toccoa, GA

“Sandy was a great principal at SCHS; he was fair and kind to all students and faculty. Our sons respected him and trusted him as their leader. I...Read More »
18 of 80 | Posted by: Marjorie Yergin - Toccoa, GA

“Thank you for all you did in this world. You made a difference. ”
19 of 80 | Posted by: Monika Woods - Friend

“I have been trying to find the right words, but there are times when there are no words--this is one of them! However, we try to voice our feelings...Read More »
20 of 80 | Posted by: Connie Harding - Toccoa, GA

“Sandy was an awesome friend and boss. He helped me through some really dark places in my own life. When he was told he had to let several of his...Read More »
21 of 80 | Posted by: Anne Helm - Toccoa, GA - Friend

“Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. May God's peace comfort you all. ”
22 of 80 | Posted by: Chesnee (Meeks) Dorsey - GA

“Praying for you and your family during this difficult time. I went to school/graduated with Rhonda and knew Sandy and many of the other Steele...Read More »
23 of 80 | Posted by: Lisa Adams Cawthon - Martin, GA

“Dear Jerry and Christine,Our hearts are broken over your loss.We love you and pray for you.Please let us know of ANYTHING we can do for you or your...Read More »
24 of 80 | Posted by: David & Jo Marie McLendon - GA

“I remember completing my student teaching at Stephens County High School and Bradley asking me, "Mrs. Stone, will you be teaching here next year?" I...Read More »
25 of 80 | Posted by: Rachel Stone - Atlanta, GA

“So sorry for your loss, and you all are in my thoughts and prayers. I graduated high school with Sandy and also worked in the school system with him....Read More »
26 of 80 | Posted by: Kristi (Pearson) Dill - Toccoa, GA

“He will be dearly missed, I will never forget the great things he taught me, these memories as a student will last forever. My heart goes out to you...Read More »
27 of 80 | Posted by: Marla Feaster - Toccoa, GA

“My greatest memory of Mr.Steele was about two and a half years ago at SCHS we were at the High School doing the Prayer Motorcade he invited us in and...Read More »
28 of 80 | Posted by: jERALDINE Hayes - Martin, GA

“Stephanie,I am so sorry for this heartbreaking loss. You and your boys are in my prayers ”
29 of 80 | Posted by: Stacie Bohannon

“I have a broken heart tonight and it hurts. Samdy was a man with a heart of GOLD,he was a man that helped his staff, he would talk with you and...Read More »
30 of 80 | Posted by: Don Kesler - Toccoa, GA

“Jerry & Christine + other family, our hearts ache for you all and we'll continue to pray hard for your entire family. Sandy was a good man & very...Read More »
31 of 80 | Posted by: Ken & Barbara Payne - Toccoa, GA

“Sending my thoughts to the Steeles. Sandy was a wonderful man who inspired many with his kindness and actions. He truly was one to lead by example...Read More »
32 of 80 | Posted by: Lauren Geiger - Savannah, GA

“I am so sorry for your loss. I will remember all the times Sandy and I worked together as members of the Stephens County School System. He certainly...Read More »
33 of 80 | Posted by: Jana Haley Cheek - Toccoa

“Praying for God's comfort and strength for all of you! Sandy was a wonderful man and amazing principal! ”
34 of 80 | Posted by: Jessica Sheriff - Eastanollee, GA

“Praying over you all constantly! Love you all so much and miss seeing you! ~Jamie (Wood) Stewart ”
35 of 80 | Posted by: Jamie Stewart - Perry, GA

“He was always encouraging me to do well in school, and would always help me whenever I needed it. I'll miss him!! ”
36 of 80 | Posted by: Derek Ramey - Toccoa, GA

“Mr and Mrs Steel and Rhonda, I am so very sorry and saddened for the loss of your son and brother. Please know that I am praying for you and his...Read More »
37 of 80 | Posted by: Cerelle Holcombe - Friend

“Dear Steele family, my deepest condolences to Sandy's family and loved ones. So sorry for your loss. I am thankful for Sandy's dedication to his...Read More »
38 of 80 | Posted by: David Friend - Dalton, GA

“Rest in peace Sandy! Your positive impact on the lives that you touched will live on! You were truly a precious man among men! My heart hurts for...Read More »
39 of 80 | Posted by: Cezanne Grayson - Athens, GA

“Prayers for the family. Graduated with Sandy enjoyed being around him on and off the football field. He will be missed by many ”
40 of 80 | Posted by: Jimmy Holbrooks - Eastanollee, GA

“I didn't know Sandy but had his father when I was at Eastanollee. My nephew, Eli Alexander, loved Mr. Steele so that tells me what kind of person he...Read More »
41 of 80 | Posted by: Angela Myers - Lawrenceville, GA

“He was a great principle and loved the kids at school he help me get threw slot of stuff I had going on in my life and also inspired me to go back to...Read More »
42 of 80 | Posted by: Samantha Simmons - Toccoa, GA

“I'm so sorry for the loss of Sandy...praying for all his family and friends With Sympathy Tammy and Tony Goxa ”
43 of 80 | Posted by: Tammy Goxa - Toccoa, GA

“I'm sorry for your loss. Mr.Steele was a great man. I remember him becoming my principal my senior year of high school from 2013 to 2014. He did what...Read More »
44 of 80 | Posted by: William Bell - Twentynine Palms, CA

“Rest in peace Sandy! Your love and compassion for the students and teachers that you served will be treasured. You were truly a precious man among...Read More »
45 of 80 | Posted by: Cezanne - Athens, GA - Friend

“Mr. Steele was one of the finest people I have ever known. He was a man of integrity and fairness. He was a wonderful principal, and I was privileged...Read More »
46 of 80 | Posted by: Robin Warren - Coworker

“I loved Sandy. He was always open to ideas for helping me help the teen moms at the high school. He cared deeply about others. I care about you all,...Read More »
47 of 80 | Posted by: Merry Carol Scott - Mount Airy, GA

“Christine and family, I am so so sorry for your loss. My heart is broken for you. Sending love and prayers for all of you. ”
48 of 80 | Posted by: Gail POLAND-Chastain - GA

“Mr. SteeleI am so sorry for you loss. Prayers for you and your family.Bryson Meeks Crawford ”
49 of 80 | Posted by: Bryson Crawford - Stuart, FL

“We have heard only good comments about Sandy Steele and mostly from the kids at school that he loved and cared for during his many years of teaching....Read More »
50 of 80 | Posted by: Glenn and Brenda Chapman

“My deepest sympathies are with the family. Mrs. Steele, if you need anything please let us know. ”
51 of 80 | Posted by: Chasity Hart - Royston, GA

“I am so saddened and sorry to hear about Sandy's passing. Although it's been years, the times I was included in Steele family activities are some of...Read More »
52 of 80 | Posted by: Fredda Holcombe - San Francisco, CA

“I'm sorry to hear of Sandy's passing. He and I share a million laughs through school and he was a blessing to my 2 children. ”
53 of 80 | Posted by: Kemberely Scott - Martin

“Sandy Steele was a friend, a professional colleague, and a great young man. He positively impacted the lives of many, mine included.Sandy Addis ”
54 of 80 | Posted by: Sandy Addis - Anderson, SC

“I am so sorry for your loss. My family is praying for your family. I am Becky Steele's sister. ”
55 of 80 | Posted by: Ava Crawford Wojcik - Good Hope, GA

“Jerry and Christine,You are often in our prayers--even when I wake in the middle ofthe night. Please know we love you dearly and we will continueto...Read More »
56 of 80 | Posted by: Wanda Carpenter - Eastanollee, GA

“Christine and Jerry,We have no words.... We love you and are so thankful for your friendship. Lifting you up to the Lord. We are so sorry.Love...Read More »
57 of 80 | Posted by: RICHARD AND GWYNN TAYLOR - GA

“We send our prayers, condolences, and sympathy to the family. Sandy was a remarkable person and valuable part of SC school system for many years. ...Read More »
58 of 80 | Posted by: DONNY & DEBBY WILLIAMS - TOCCOA, GA

“I'm so sorry for your loss. Sandy was such a nice and caring person. I remember working with him at the middle school, years ago, while he served as...Read More »
59 of 80 | Posted by: Kim LeCroy - Toccoa, GA

“Sandy was a common fixture at the Williams' house- best friends with my brother Matt during their school years. He was soft spoken and kind and...Read More »
60 of 80 | Posted by: Pam Smith - Sugar Hill, GA

“Condolences to the family. By far, our favorite principal at the high school. He cared so much for his students, no just academically; he always care...Read More »
61 of 80 | Posted by: David Chase - Acquaintance

“He was a great person a great friend. ”
62 of 80 | Posted by: Sarah Leverett - Toccoa, GA

“He was a great person a great friend. ”
63 of 80 | Posted by: Sarah Leverett - Toccoa, GA

“Sending thoughts and prayers to all of you during this very sad time in your lives....My heart is very saddened with this news....May God's Grace and...Read More »
64 of 80 | Posted by: Teresa Thacker - Toccoa, GA

“I was so saddened to learn of Sandy's passing. I admired the work he did in the schools that we grew up in and his care and concern for our community...Read More »
65 of 80 | Posted by: Shana Smith - Dallas, TX - Friend

“Our family is deeply saddened by Sandy's passing and consider this an enormous loss. Sandy was a wonderful and caring man who we respected and held...Read More »
66 of 80 | Posted by: Ken and Debbie Camp - Toccoa, GA

“I am so saddened by hearing about Sandy. I still remember him being on my first grade class. He was so excited about learning to read. I then had the...Read More »
67 of 80 | Posted by: Gail Fry - Toccoa, GA

“Dearest Stephanie,My deepest sympathy to you in this time of loss. Our hearts are broken for you and with you. All of our prayers and love. Please do...Read More »
68 of 80 | Posted by: Lori Mooney - Toccoa, GA

“During a particularly difficult time for my family, Sandy understood and offered the support and caring that I will never forget. He cared so deeply...Read More »
69 of 80 | Posted by: Mandy Rogowski - Martin, GA

“Sandy was a wonderful boss and a good man. He was always patient, kind, and caring. During some of the hardest times of my life, Sandy was a...Read More »
70 of 80 | Posted by: Mandy Rogowski - Martin, GA

“Jerry,Christine, Rhonda, and Family I am truly sorry FOR Your Loss, our thoughts and prayers go out to You during this Time, Sandy touched alot of...Read More »
71 of 80 | Posted by: Rhonda Crump - Toccoa, GA

“I am so heartbroken, but what brings me joy during this time is the impact Mr. Steele had on so many students, including myself. Sandy was always so...Read More »
72 of 80 | Posted by: Carley Payne - Friend

“I am so sorry for your loss. I have only heard great things about Sandy from my sister and niece, both working with him at school in the past. May...Read More »
73 of 80 | Posted by: Tracy Vandiver - Crawford, GA

“There are no words to comfort you all but know he was loved and I've never met a more kind, gentle man... I will keep your family in my prayers as I...Read More »
74 of 80 | Posted by: Glenda Hanson - Madison, Georgia, GA

“Sending well wishes to the family. ”
75 of 80 | Posted by: Samantha Eubanks - Gainesville, GA

“This is a day I wish was not real. Sandy was a great boss and a better friend who helped kids immeasurably. I wish I had picked up the phone. ...Read More »
76 of 80 | Posted by: Ken Camp - Toccoa, GA - Friend

“Jerry, I am very saddened to hear of the loss of your son. My prayers are with you and your family. Toni Hewitt ”
77 of 80 | Posted by: Toni Hewitt - Toccoa, GA

“Though I never worked directly with Sandy, he always had a kind word to say. He cared deeply about the children and teachers in his school. He had a...Read More »
78 of 80 | Posted by: Joanne Taylor - Toccoa, GA

“Prayers for the family Sandy was a very special person that will be truly missed. ”
79 of 80 | Posted by: Kathy Johnson - Friend

“Students throughout Stephens County were positively impacted by Mr. Steele. His personal attention to each and every student, his contagious school...Read More »
80 of 80 | Posted by: Andy Childs - Toccoa, GA - Friend


Mr. Sandy Jerry Steele, age 47, of Toccoa passed away Monday, September 11, 2017.

Born March 24, 1970 in Tampa, FL, he was a son of Jerry Olin and Christine Murray Steele.

Sandy was a life-long resident of Stephens County. Sandy was passionate about children, both professionally and personally. He spent countless hours working to improve the lives of many children in his community. His advocacy exceeded the boundaries of his professional obligations, touching lives of all children, regardless of their race or socio-economic status.

Family members include his parents, Jerry and Christine Steele of Demorest, GA; wife, Stephanie Key Steele of Toccoa; sons, Brent Michael Steele and Bradley Alexander Steele both of Toccoa; sister, Rhonda LaBarbera and Jeff of Demorest, GA; nieces, Anna LaBarbera and Meg LaBarbera both of Demorest.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers all donations be made to The Power House for Kids to continue to his legacy of protecting children in Stephens County, 768 US-123 Toccoa, GA 30577.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.whitlockmortuary.net

Whitlock Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

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