Annie Barclift

Annie Barclift

Annie Sarah Cartwright Barclift, 85, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, November 4, 2013.

She was the daughter of the late Charlie R. and Mary Elizabeth (Mollie) Cartwright and wife of the late Alton W. Barclift, Sr.  She leaves to cherish her memories four children, Al Barclift (Joyce), Elaine Henell (Dan), Joy Meads (Stuart) all of Elizabeth City, NC and Lisa Croley of Camden, NC; seven grandchildren, Bryan Barclift (Tanya), Michael Barclift (Jennifer), Tiffany Banks (Jason), Timothy Meads, (Amber), Meredith Meads, Molly Croley and Blake Croley; nine great-grandchildren Colin Barclift, Cayden Barclift, Ethan Barclift, Lucas Barclift, Ian Barclift, Evan Banks, Olivia Banks, Jalen Meads, and soon to arrive, Harper Meads; one sister, Arlie Wingard (Bill) of New Bern, NC; two brothers, Frank Cartwright (Bernice) of Hahira, GA and Charlie Raymond Cartwright (Faye) of Hertford, NC.

She gave her heart to Christ as a young lady, and she consistently lived a life of extraordinary faith through the years.  She touched the lives of countless friends and neighbors with her faithful prayers and words of encouragement.  She maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many.  Her nurturing love, faith in God, gift of joy and the sweet smile on her face will never be forgotten.

Possessing a true servant’s heart she faithfully cared for her family and friends through delicious cooking and baking from scratch-including decorated cakes or a special favorite dessert for each birthday.  She cherished her family and cooking meals for them was a highlight in her life.  She also had a love for embroidery, crocheting, crafting and word search puzzles.  She would begin each day the same, reading from her Bible and praying for her loved ones.  She was the heart of the Barclift family and shaped their spiritual lives by her tireless Christian example and dedication to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  She always taught us to be polite, gracious, respectful, hospitable, kind and compassionate.  Above all, she reminded us to put God first in our lives.  We thank God for the example that she set before us, and are reassured in knowing that she is presently rejoicing in heaven with the Father above who has told her, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

Her death will not make the evening news.  The world may not take notice, but the numerous people she impacted will spend time reflecting on how their lives were better for knowing her.  Her legacy will live on through her son and three daughters as they live out the love and life skills that she not only taught them, but modeled to them.  It will also live on in the seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren that experience the special love of “Gramby.”

A graveside funeral service will take place Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at New Hollywood Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at Twiford Memorial Chapel on Tuesday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and at other times at the residence of Joy and Stuart Meads, 541 Ownley Road, Elizabeth City, NC.  Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City is assisting the Barclift family.  Condolences may be sent to the family at

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  1. Sherie Cartwright

    Elaine, Joy, Lisa and Al – Aunt Annie Sarah was one of the sweetest people that I have ever met. I never heard a harsh word come out of her mouth and I always remember her smile and her laughter! I know that she is doing some rejoicing right now in Heaven with those who have gone on before. Keeping you and yours in my prayers.

  2. Nancy & Jimmy Sawyer

    Lisa and family, so sorry about your Mom. I will miss her when we come and sing at the nursing home. We sing twice a mo. and I’d usually see her in there. Thinking about your whole family with Love and Prayers. Nancy and Jimmy Sawyer

  3. Holly Cartwright

    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and peace in the coming days, weeks and months.

  4. Mellany Pachol

    Joy and family,
    So sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. Will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Kay Acurio

    Sending sincere condolences to all of you. I always enjoyed talking to her; she was always very appreciative. She sure did love her family and everybody just as God wants us to do. She was an inspiration to all of us. Cherish the sweet memories. In His Love, Kay Acurio

  6. LeAnne Harris

    Keeping each and every one of you in my thoughts and prayers…what a very special person your Mama was to me! Praying for peace and comfort. Love, LeAnne

  7. Bess Ward

    To Al, Elaine & Family,

    Sorry to read about your Mom today.

    I remember how cheerfull she alway’s was and so much fun to be around..

    I’m so sorry .

    My thought’s and prayer’s are with all of you now ..


    Bess Reid Ward

  8. Judy Rogerson Cox

    Elaine, Al, Joy and Lisa,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. What a wonderful time she must be having with her friends and loved ones in heaven. Ms. Annie Sarah was a wonderful lady and family friend. God bless you all.
    With love, Ray and Judy Cox

  9. Rhonda & Jesse Wood

    Ms. Elaine & Lisa & Family, So very sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts & prayers are with you all.

    With Our Sympathy,
    Rhonda, Jesse & Derek Wood

  10. Dawn W. Lowry

    My thoughts & prayers are with each of you as memories of Grandma Barclift flood my thoughts……I will remember her always & how loved I felt to be included on several birthdays with a card and “biscuit money”!! May her faith flow to each of you, your memories put warmth in your heart & Jesus wrap hug you tight during this difficult time. Thank the Lord there are no tears in heaven and I know she is smiling & singing!!!
    Love you! Dawn

  11. Andee Frazier Lancaster

    Al, Elaine, Joy, Lisa and families,
    Aunt Annie Sarah was a such a joy and a sweet, sweet lady! I know that she is with her Lord and rejoicing with her loved ones who went before. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. Sandy Weeks McPherson

    Lisa, Im so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. “Miss Annie Sarah” was so sweet and always wore a smile. Cherish your memories and know that I am thinking of you and praying for you and your family during this difficult time. Love,

  13. Phyllis Gregory Cohoon

    Joy, Elaine and Lisa and the Barclift Family:
    Sending my love and prayers your way as you mourn the loss of a great lady. Hope you will find strength and comfort in the cherished memories of the times you spent with her.
    Love you,
    Phyllis Cohoon

  14. Heather Rice Garner

    I have fond memories of visits as a child to Aunt Annie Sarah’s house with my mother, Ronda. I will always cherish those memories. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. She was a wonderful lady!

  15. Tricia Jordan

    Lisa-Thinking of you at this time during the loss of your mother. Mothers are the greatest gift we can ever be given and strive to be. May you only have wonderfurl memories-
    Thinking of you-

    Tricia Jordan

  16. Cindy Meads Spear

    I was a great pleasure helping to take care of your mother,Ms Annie and she will be greatly missed.

  17. Kelly Snyder

    Ms. Elaine, So sorry about your mom . My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family .

  18. megan sawyer

    So sorry for your loss. Mrs Annie was a wonderful and sweet lady. She will be missed by many. I love you guys.thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  19. Kristi White

    Lisa and Molly,
    Thinking of you both during your time of loss. Sending love and prayers your way.

    Love, Kristi, DJ and Ayden

  20. Jan Wingard Raynor

    Dear Cousins,
    I have many wonderful memories of our summers at Grandmas house. How precious they are now. It is easy to hear all the laughter, of all the aunts, as they sat around the kitchen table together. We love you and send warm hugs your way. You will be in our prayers often during this difficult time.

  21. Jennifer Keeler

    I was so sorry to see that Mrs. Annie had passed away. She was a sweet and wonderful person and I really enjoyed getting to know her. She always talked so lovingly of all her family members and was so very proud of all of you. She’ll be missed by all of us in the rehab department.

  22. james and kay banks

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. We enjoyed our visits with her. Her sweet and quiet demeanor made her a special lady.

  23. J. E. (Johnnie) & Connie

    Al, Elaine, Joy, Lisa, and the Whole Family,

    We are saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs. Barcliff. I mentioned at the visitation how beautiful the obituary was written. And then the wonderful memories shared at the funeral so pointed out her good, clean, country living! What a fitting eulogy it was!
    Please know the whole family is in our thoughts & prayers now & in the days ahead.

  24. Jolene Yezdanian

    I thank you all for sharing your mom with us, she was the sweetest & most caring woman that I had the pleasure of meeting and taking care of. She always worried about everyone else & put herself last, now she can rest in peace with no more worries :) I love u all!!!


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