Sandy Ray age 56 of Greeneville passed away Monday January 30, 2023 at her home. Aside from Sandy’s love for her family and friends, she deeply loved music. In her early years, Sandy spent time singing in church. Sandy always had a song and she would sing no matter the locale. Her Nanny always told her, “you’re gonna be a star!” These experiences served as a foundation for her music-making endeavors throughout her adult life. In the early 2000s, Sandy began learning guitar and writing gospel and honky-tonk tinged songs through which she shared her experiences with love, betrayal, and womanhood. The musician friends around her recognized her sincerity and talent as a singer, guitar player, and songwriter and led to the formation of her band, Sandy Ray & the Cold Shoulders. The band provided a means to share her music, electric personality, and her lived experiences throughout Southern Appalachia. During their years of making music, she had the opportunity to share the stage with artists such as Pam Tillis, Scott Miller, and John Carter Cash. This further cemented her status as a local icon to every person who knew her. She is survived by her mother Dorothy Hensley, 5 sisters and brothers-in-law Jeanie Moore, Tina and Daniel Freeman, Tracy Ealey, Amy Hensley Buckner, Christy and Anthony Carter, nieces and nephews Ashley Miller, Lauren Paxton, David Moore, Britney Hopkins, Brandi Willett, Cody Buckner, Will Crum, Hunter Carter, Chase Carter, Haven Carter, great nieces and nephews Levi Miller, Max Hopkins, Leo Hopkins, Emie Hopkins, Raelyn Willett, Clara Willett, Adalyn Buckner, Ryleigh Moore, Mason Moore, lifelong friend Jackie Bowman, special friends John Pruett, Melissa Ottem, Wayne Winkler, and a tribe of friends and musicians that made an impact on her life and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. The family will receive friends from 5-7pm Thursday February 9, 2023 at Jeffers Funeral and Cremation Service Downtown.